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god in our lives

TRUSTING GOD WITH YOUR LIFE

Advice on how to lead a more contented life
through faithfulness and trust in God
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1.    INTRODUCTION

Importantly, please read the small article, Sound Faith” before going on, if you have not already. It offers a framework for: building that level of sound faith, proving Gods existence for yourself as a result of applying that faith to your life, and receiving the potential benefits of his power there as a result!

As we move to this level of faith, i.e. trusting God with our lifes direction, we finally shift into top gear in our walk with him; our faith journey. The articles in this section of the website, that precede this one, have led us to this point of deep faith.

It is here, through that trust, we actually find ourselves ... the person that God intends us to be! I cannot state it any clearer: we put our complete faith in him, and follow his guidance in all the big aspects of our lives, knowing that he will offer strong and tangible support to us as we do so. Of course we look to what he wants of us too, because as I write again and again on this website, life is never supposed to be just about me! And to find ourselves in this way, and come to enjoy greater contentment and freedom in life, we also find God as a concrete presence there.

What I was referring to, when I wrote strong and tangible support above, was divine providence as explained in God’s helping hand. It can be utilised by God within our lives on a daily, weekly, monthly or even whole of life basis if we are in turn faithful to him and follow his guidance. And if, as a ordained clergyman friend of mine puts it, we are in sync with God in that way, then all his potential loving care can be bestowed upon us. (The whos, hows and whys of this website are included on the home page.)

I have already used the Bible verse below in that previously mentioned article, God’s helping hand. The verse applies equally here. It clearly indicates that he wants to be involved in all areas of our lives AND he will assist if he is invited in!

        In all your ways acknowledge him,
        and he will make your paths straight.

        [Proverbs 3:6]

2.    REWARD FOR OUR OBEDIENCE

If we can hold ourselves in faiths top gear, his loving presence becomes so obvious. In effect, the closer the relationship we have with him, the more we can trust him in his guidance. And the harder we try to live that life he desires of us: as made clear in the Bible, and by becoming the person that matches his plan for us (based on our own aptitude, personalities and life circumstances), then the stronger the results will be that flow from his care towards us.

You may still be wondering whether the sacrifices you might have to make in life, by leading a life of obedience, are worth it?  Mmmmm, yes, I did think that way myself initially, and it did take me a just a while to try it out! I should have done it much earlier, because the greater contentment etc gained through this walk of life can be profound. I can assure you of that! The key outcome, maybe oddly for you, is a life of real personal freedom.

        But the man who looks intently into
        the perfect law that gives freedom,

        and continues to do this,

        not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it

        he will be blessed in what he does.
        [James 1:25]

Yet again, life is not supposed to be all about me. And I feel the need to highlight that God really wants us to include that outlook in our life journey. It should indeed be factored into our lives. We are told to care deeply about our fellow human beings. As such, selflessness (i.e. the opposite of selfishness) is another ideal that God expects of us on our life journey. Well, he at least wants us to try very hard to be selfless. Yes, some of us are ‘hard wired to the contrary, but God is always ready to help us change when we ask. And it is a good idea to ask regularly I guess.

And as we move along in this way, trying to live our lives as he desires of us – becoming useful members of the community, attending church, spending time with him in prayer, caring for his other children (our fellow human beings) our relationship with him ever strengthens. Our faith becomes more effective. Our love towards him grows even further. And again he can assist us in life ever more lovingly as a result. He becomes so very, very real.

Again I write with the utmost confidence that this is absolutely what to expect, if you can get to this level of faith, and then apply it to your life. And at this stage of writing advice in this website, I make no apologies about the acceptability of what I am expressing. Yes, it is that real and rewarding!

3.    OPENING OUR LIVES TO HIM IN COMPLETE TRUST

I have evaluated and re-evaluated the impact of taking this approach of just trusting the Lord over the years; handing over the big ticket items in life to him. And as I often state, I have checked with other committed Christians. It really works! As I have highlighted already the best results possible for you and all others impacted by your actions in life should actually be the outcome if you do deliberately and confidently trust him in this way. He will react with downright loving care throughout your whole of life journey.

Now, there are no promises intended here in my writing that relate to being forever healthy and wealthy: trips abroad, new bigger houses, luxury vehicles, big new appliances etc, etc.

And, please remember what I have also regularly advised throughout this website, he makes no promises that you will never suffer emotionally or physically in life. Everyone suffers at some point. God does not make bad things happen to us of course, but rather allows the dice of chance to roll. Whatever happens, happens. Even so, he will be there to guide and support you during those hard times.

The Lord knows us and our abilities, our personalities, our vulnerabilities etc. And he loves each of us. So, of course we should involve him in the big issues of life as I have already suggested. Even more so, I say! I am meaning the direction of our eduction, jobs/ careers, long term personal relationships, parenting and grand parenting, helping those less fortunate than ourselves, acquiring major and necessary assets, church ministries etc.

Regularly talk to him about your complete life journey. Really look to his methods of guidance in your life. And again, when you follow that guidance, then look forward to receiving his helping hand; divine providence in your life as it rolls along.

Essentially, feel confident to trust this holy process in action within your life! As explained in those earlier articles in this section of the website in the links highlighted above relax into the path ahead knowing of his love for you. If progress slows or deviates from where you thought you were headed in the long term then just relax and talk to him yet again. Look ... this one still catches me out regularly. But I just remind myself of the issues that are holding progress back and then open myself to the Lord through prayer and trust. And normally for me, it all just comes together again, perhaps through an unexpected yet better outcome that realigns the way forward.

Without doubt, God is interested in all other facets of our lives. Out of his love for us, he really does want to be involved! Please see the article, God in the workplace” as an example.

Eventually, all aspects of our life journey can profoundly fall into place. We can become confident whether we are on the ‘right track’ in life or not! In other words, our lives are given real purpose. We will as examples become ‘enabled’ through our natural gifts and skills to help others effectively beyond our normal capacity, and become productive/ useful members of society and in our communities. We should also be led towards a well rounded life: no obsessions; a contented balance of God, family, church life, study, work, friends, helping others and just plain enjoying life to the best of our ability.

But bear in mind too that the pace that this all happens is between each of us and the Lord. We each take the steps we feel are required of us. Deep faith and its Biblically led commitments; its positive outcomes take us beyond merely believing in God. Well past that stage.

Inevitably, as well as being The Boss, God particularly in the person of Jesus, can come to be our constant companion, confidante, helper, counsellor and, yes, the closest of friends.

I also add that occasional graphic evidence of God’s presence, after decades in my own walk with him, still comes as a surprise to me. The ‘magic’ of it all never need end in this life, I can assure you!

Continue to the next article, God in the workplace.