t r u s t

“For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.”

G A L A T I A N S   3 : 2 6 – 2 7

I have a question for you: Do you accept the Lord as a your Heavenly Father?

Well, if I’m being honest I could easily say that I sometimes fail to see Him this way. I often view Him as an “Ultimate Being” who is able to do whatever He wants, whenever He wants. Maybe it’s because I don’t always have to trust Someone so far off. He doesn’t have to listen to me and He doesn’t even necessarily have to care about what I’m going through, because He is GOD. Hello Jazz, He is in the midst of dealing with bigger issues in this world than what you’ve got going on. He can decide whether or not He wants to answer my prayers, and I have even caught myself feeling guilty asking Him for things. I mean, there are people in this world going through greater and more difficult trials than me! But, once I renew my mind to think clearly I realize how interesting it is that I get concerned about asking God for the little things, when everything is little to Him. How easily I forget how big He really is. He is more than capable to take care of me while simultaneously handling the needs of others. And the craziest part: He desires to take care of those needs because He is our Heavenly Father if we would only learn to trust Him…

Trusting His discipline.

“Do not reject the discipline of the Lord or loathe reproof, for whom the Lord loves He reproves, even as a father corrects the son in whom He delights.”

P R O V E R B S  3 : 1 1 – 1 2

It’s easy to believe that God doesn’t have to care when you view Him as this distant, supernatural “Being” that controls the universe. This perspective of God makes it harder to accept Him as a loving, Heavenly Father who desires a close relationship with you and desires nothing but the best for you. It means you would have to understand that He is intentionally weaving your circumstances, lessons, hardships, relationships and experiences to give you the most blessed and beautiful life with Him. Let’s just admit that sometimes we don’t believe the best in Him.

If you have ever questioned whether or not God loves you because of the sin of your past or in your life, just remember that God disciplines His children out of love. And although there are consequences that result from our sin, He is able to use them as a form of discipline in order to teach and save us. There would be no reason for a father to discipline a child he didn’t care for (Proverbs 3:11-12). It is for our benefit that we accept this discipline, learn to lean into the Lord when things get hard and to choose His way rather than to walk down the path of destruction. And the same way you would never want your child to be too afraid to come to you when they have failed (in fear of losing your love), we must remember how much more our Heavenly Father is able to love us! Discipline is not the condemning end for us, but the opportunity to find forgiveness and comfort in the arms of the Lord who desires to teach, protect, value, help and love us like no one else is able to. Discipline is actually grace. And when we view discipline this way, as a demonstration of His love, then we learn to trust Him as our Heavenly Father.

Trusting that He will not change.

God is not human, that He should lie,
    not a human being, that He should change his mind.
Does He speak and then not act?
    Does He promise and not fulfill?

N U M B E R S   2 3 : 1 9

We sometimes fail to trust that He cares for us when our circumstances seem unfair or when bad things happen. This is when we try to take things into our own hands, because we believe that we will have to take care of ourselves in this life. But, we need to remember that circumstances are not a reflection of how God feels about us. Circumstances will undoubtedly continue to change throughout our lives, but God never will. Unlike man, God is unchanging, His word is unfailing, and His love is relentless. For as much as an earthly father is capable of loving his child, he will fail at some point simply due to the fact that in his humanity he will not always know how to love best. This is why you are safe to trust the Lord. Because He is your perfect Father, He cares for you, knows how to love you perfectly and that will never change (Numbers 23:19).

Trusting in who He says you are.

Who are you? Well, I can tell you what I am. I can tell you where I am. I can even tell you what I’m not. But oh how often I forget who I am. And it’s probably due to the fact I often attach my identity to to current set of circumstances. And our circumstances can never equate to our identity.

My friend, I understand how difficult seasons can be at times. Anything worth pursuing comes with pressure and difficulty. But, I want to remind you that you do not have to go through this life like every other person out there! You get to go through it with the knowledge of who you are: you are His daughter (or son). That means you do not have to endure the relentless battle of insecurity and comparison, but rather remember who the Lord proclaimed you to be. And whatever He proclaims, then that’s it. That’s the truth! That’s what we have to believe. And He says His children are loved no matter what they have done and that we are not alone. When you interact with others, allow them to see how much you resemble your Heavenly Father. Not in a falsely humble way, but in a way that reveals that you are HIS. God already proclaimed what you are, and you need to stop focusing on what you think you’re not.

Your Heavenly Father has huge plans to use you. Embrace those while rejecting insecurity and fear because they are tactics of the enemy. And don’t forget to enjoy this life that you have been given. You are so blessed and God just wants you to see it. He hates seeing you struggle with insecurity, sin and doubt, because the fact is your unchanging Heavenly Father is your security, He is absolutely able to free you from your sins, and He has proven to be trustworthy. You are all that He says you are. You are loved, valued, taken care of and you are His child. ❤

Remember these truths of your Heavenly Father:

He will love you as a child even in your oldest days.

He is not far off, but is with you every step you take.

He desires to be apart of the details of your life.

He has good plans for you, His child.

He wants to bless you. Believe it.

He wants what’s best for you.

He desires to hear your prayers.

He knows and cares for your needs.

He will take things away to give you what’s best.

He will discipline you in order to save your life.

He will comfort you and draw near to you in your darkest days.

He will care for you in a way that your earthly father is incapable of.

He will lead you if you’re just willing to follow.

He will never change.

He will always love you.

He will always value you.

He will always take good care of you.

He is your Heavenly Father.

CHALLENGE:

This week meditate on Galatians 3:26-27 & remember that through Jesus we have access to a loving and trustworthy Heavenly Father. And His desire is for us to understand how much we are unconditionally loved, and then resemble Him by offering that love to others.

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