Friend, do you find it difficult to trust God and stand firm in faith? When our lives don’t develop as we hoped for, when our prayers go unanswered, when a tragedy strikes, then it is especially challenging to continue putting our faith in God. But at the same time, it is crucial to choose to trust Him so we can stand, persevere, and move forward.
When tragedy struck in my life and God did not answer my prayers as I hoped for, my heart was able to perceive just two words in the extreme shock and pain I felt: “Stand” and “Trust Me!” I wrapped my mind around this invitation and made a deliberate choice every day to trust the Lord although I did not understand, and refuse to let the severe blow uproot me from enjoying His presence.
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Four Ways to Stand Firm in Faith – Growing Roots
I love watching trees during a storm. They are moving and shaking, leaves are falling, and branches break, but most of them stand. The deeper the roots, the sturdier the tree. And when the sun shows the tree is still standing despite the bending. The Bible compares often the righteous to trees, especially to evergreen trees. “Surely the righteous will never be shaken; they will be remembered forever.” (Psalm 112:6 NIV)
It is vital to spread our roots deeper in the eternal Rock, investing our dearest loves in God and making Him the source of our satisfaction and life. Our spiritual growth and the fruit we will produce depend on how deep our roots are going.Our spiritual growth and the fruit we will produce depend on how deep our roots are going. #spiritualgrowth #Christianliving #encouragement Click To Tweet
We keep standing firm in faith when we humble ourselves before the Lord and set our minds to get understanding, discernment, and heavenly wisdom. Humbling ourselves means that we let God be God, admitting our limitations and acknowledging God’s sovereignty, infinite wisdom, and power, His omniscience, and omnipotence.
In every situation no matter how painful or unfair it may seem, we choose an attitude of humility, that says: “God, you know best and I trust Your good plans and purposes”. We choose to declare with the psalmist: “The Lord is righteous in all His ways and faithful in all He does.” (Psalm 145:17 NIV)We stand firm in faith when we humble ourselves before the Lord and set our minds to get understanding and wisdom. #standfirm #humility #wisdom #bgbg2 Click To Tweet
Gaining Understanding So We Can Keep Standing
Only when our hearts are prepared in humility, we are open and receptive to seeing another perspective and gaining understanding. We can turn to the Lord in prayer asking Him to show us the silver linings in our dark times, to open our eyes to see His fingerprints and the answers to prayers we have overlooked.
We can learn to view our situations and losses from another vantage point – through the lenses of the eternal truths in God’s Word. Understanding infuses us with strength, stability, and resilience and opens the way for God to move in and bring healing and restoration.
Daniel is a great example of how God honors his decision to humble himself and seek understanding by giving him prophetic visions for thousands of years ahead. “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them.” (Daniel 10:12 NIV)Understanding infuses us with strength and opens the way for God to move in and bring healing and restoration. #understanding #strength #healing Click To Tweet
Constant Choice to Trust the Lord
There is no better way to stand firm in faith than the constant choice to trust the Lord with everything and everyone in our concern. The Bible is full of instructions to trust the Lord pointing out that this leads to being steadfast, unshakable, peaceful, hopeful, and filled with joy and courage.
“They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord.” (Psalm 112:7 NIV)
“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast because they trust in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.” (Isaiah 26:3-4 NIV)
Trusting the Lord means making a deliberate move toward Him, seeking His presence, guidance, comfort, and willingness to submit to His ways.
More Encouragement to Stand Firm in Faith
Do you want to learn more about trusting God in adversity and spiritual growth and maturity? Check out my interview with Ashley Moore on her podcast Be the Two!
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