In God We Trust in Our Everyday Lives

In_God_We_TrustAuthor’s Note: All scriptures are quoted from the King James Version unless otherwise noted. Explanatory insertions within a scripture are enclosed in brackets.

What does it mean to trust in God? Moreover, how do we apply this principle in our everyday lives? In Young’s Analytical Concordance to the Bible, there are a number of different usages of the word “trust.” Trust can mean to take refuge, have confidence in, committed to, lean on, to wait with hope, to persuade, and to believe.

How do we learn to trust an individual in our daily lives? Learning to trust someone requires that we spend time with the individual, communicating with the person, and calling on the individual when we need emotional support, prayers, and encouragement. Hopefully, in time, the individual proves to be trustworthy and will have earned our trust.

What about God? Proverbs 3:5-6 states: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Trust in this context means to lean on and be confident in. The word “heart” comes from the Hebrew word leb and is used 494 times in the Old Testament. The word “heart” in the New Testament, comes from the Greek word kardia and is used 158 times. In Thayer’s Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament, the heart is the “center and seat of spiritual life, the soul or mind is the fountain and seat of the thoughts, passions, desires, appetites, affections, purposes, and endeavors…” Biblically, heart refers to one’s soul life or mind. When we re-read Proverbs 3:5-6 in this context it states, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart (our thoughts, passions, desires, appetites, affections, purposes, and endeavors); we are not to lean to our own understanding. In verse 6, it says, we are to acknowledge God and He will direct our paths.

Believing what God’s Word says about who we are, and seeing ourselves as God sees us, can sometimes be a challenge. If I lean to my own understanding and sense-knowledge reasoning, I see many flaws in my personal life. The world constantly bombards us with feelings of inadequacy. “You’re not smart enough, you’re not pretty or handsome enough, you don’t have the right credentials or educational background,  you’re too fat, you’re too skinny” and the list goes on. The adversary, who is the god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4), constantly attacks us with thoughts of inadequacy.

But what does God’s Word say about who we are? Psalm 139:14: “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” The word “fearfully” comes from the Hebrew word yare and it means “reverenced.” “Wonderful”comes from the Hebrew word palah and it means “wonderful.” If we are to put this scripture in today’s language, we would say, that “I am (put your name there) awesomely, magnificently and wonderfully made and marvelous are thy works.” Who made you this way? God did. But what if you don’t feel this way? When your thoughts are not aligned with God’s Word, we must renew our minds to what the Word says and not lean to our own understanding.  Renewing our minds to be Word-centered rather than circumstance-oriented takes time, work, and mental discipline.

How do we apply what the Word says to our own lives? When things are not going well in my life, I need to check myself from the neck up. I need to ask myself, What are my thoughts and what am I feeding my mind? Through the Biblical research classes I have taken, offered through The Way International, I learned about the basic fundamentals of a believer’s walk. Like any athlete knows, in order to truly excel in a sport, one must master the fundamentals of that sport. What are the five basic fundamentals we need to master to be successful in the spiritual arena of life?

1. Read the Bible Daily

The first fundamental of a believer’s walk is to read the Bible daily. In order to know God’s will for our lives, it is important that we know Him as our heavenly Father. It is difficult to trust God unless we know and are confident that His will for us is good always. “This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5).

2. Daily Prayer

A second fundamental requirement is to pray with your understanding and speak in tongues much. The apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 14:18 “I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all.” Look at the great revelation that God gave to Paul in his writing of the church epistles! Paul spoke in tongues much and God was able to work within him mightily. Speaking in tongues is available to anyone who accepts Romans 10:9-10: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

3. The Tithe

A third requirement, is to tithe and abundantly share. Tithing involves giving a minimum of ten percent of your net income to your church, synagogue, mosque, or an organization that you belong to with the understanding and recognition that God is your sufficiency. The benefits of tithing and abundant sharing works for anyone who applies this principle.

Malachi 3:10-11
Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine
house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of Hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
And I will rebuke the devourer [adversary] for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts.

The tithe is the evidence in the senses realm that you literally believe the Word of God is true and recognize God as your sufficiency. Abundantly sharing is giving anything above ten percent of your net income. In addition to your finances, this can include your time and resources to help others. Wealthy people practice this principle and God has prospered them: Oprah, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, to name a few individuals. The universal principle of giving and receiving brings results! Your attitude of giving and what you believe in your heart is critical for “God loveth a cheerful giver” as 2 Corinthians 9:7b states. I thank God for the privilege of giving and stewarding what God has blessed me with because God is faithful as I am faithful to His Word.

4. Be a Witness

A fourth fundamental key is to share God’s Word with others. One of our sonship rights as a son of God is that we have the ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18). The believers in the Book of Acts operated this principle and great miracles, signs and wonders came to pass. “And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. And fear [respect] came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles” (Acts 2:42-43).

5. Fellowship with Like-Minded Believers

A fifth fundamental key in our spiritual walk is to fellowship with like-minded believers. Have you ever noticed how difficult it is to renew your mind when you are around negative and depressing individuals? Sometimes it is a fight. We live in the world but we are not of the world.

2 Corinthians 6:14 warns us to not be “unequally yoked together with unbelievers.” Fellowshipping with a   community of like-minded believers who love us, give us the Word and encourage us to a more worthy endeavor are important in our spiritual walk. Proverbs 27:17 states, “Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.”

Summary

In summary, God is trustworthy. We can have confidence in Him, we can rely on Him, we can take refuge in Him, and we can communicate with Him, because He is trustworthy. We can literally stake our lives on God and His Word. We can effectively apply God’s Word in our daily lives, by reading the Word daily, praying with our understanding and speaking in tongues much, tithing and abundantly sharing, witnessing, and fellowshipping with like-minded believers. In closing, remember that you can “Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah” (Psalm 62:8).

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