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Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5, NIV
This text will help you avoid a nervous breakdown. It will stimulate your recovery if you have had one.
A famous neurologist, specialist in nervous breakdowns, often “prescribes” this text for his patients. He writes the words on a card and instructs his patient to commit them to memory and repeat them until they are indelibly printed on the subconscious mind.
The cause of much nervous trouble is frustration. And the antidote to frustration is a calm faith, not in your own cleverness, or in hard toil, but in God’s guidance. The cure of frustration is the belief that God will help you obtain your heart’s desire. Trust in God with all your heart, and you will be able to keep on working in health and happiness for long years to come.
~ ~ Norman Vincent Peale
Trusting in ourselves can certainly lead to disaster. His ways are higher than our ways so why not look to his ways. We become frustrated when we try to do things ourselves, especially those things we weren’t meant to do.
How do we release frustration, trust in, and lean on the one who know what’s best. Your Father knows best. When frustrated ask “who am I listening to”. For me my major source of stress or frustration is my own schedule. The one I make. God never said I needed to jam pack it so full.
We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps (Proverbs 16:9, NLT)
Best to stay on the path and always confirm “God, are my steps heading to you?”
Reflect: Where does your frustration come from? Are you stepping outside the bounds that God has for you?
He gives me faith within myself
When it seems all in vain.
He gives me hope to battle on
And help my goals attain.
He gives me faith and inner strength
When I feel great despair,
And since I place my trust in Him
My life’s no longer bare.
By Harold F Mohn
|Lynn Austin||Decide to trust Him for one little thing today, and before you know it, you find out He’s so trustworthy you be putting your whole life in His hands.”|
|Charles R Swindoll||“We must cease striving and trust God to provide what He thinks is best and in whatever time He chooses to make it available. But this kind of trusting doesn’t come naturally. It’s a spiritual crisis of the will in which we must choose to exercise faith.”|
|Thaddeus of Vitovnica||“We have very little faith in the Lord, very little trust. If we trusted the Lord as much as we trust a friend when we ask him to do something for us, neither we as individuals nor our whole country would suffer so much.”|
|Jerry Bridges||“If we are going to learn to trust God in adversity, we must believe God will allow nothing to subvert His glory so He will allow nothing to spoil the good He is working out in us and for us.”|
|Coraline Buchanan||“…You say to God, “I have never seen you provide for me.” God says to you, “You have never trusted Me.”|
|Martin Luther||“Pray, and let God worry.”|
|Rachel Hamilton||“God loves you so much that he is willing to hold something from you for the perfect time!”|
|Emily Freeman||“When you can’t see God’s hand, trust His heart.”|
|Gary Rudz||“You can free your soul to fly each day, if you let God do the steering.”|
|Tammy L Kubasko||“Let go of what you think you know. Something amazing happens when you let God and trust.”|
|Mandy Hale||“The more you go with the flow of life and surrender the outcome to God, and the less you seek constant clarity, the more you will find that fabulous things start to show up in your life.”|
|Jerry Bridges||“Trust is not a passive state of mind. It is a vigorous act of the soul by which we choose to lay hold on the promises of God and cling to them despite the adversity that at times seeks to overwhelms us.”|
|Tom King||“It is when we are at our darkest hour, when we can see no evidence that God loves us or that he is even there to listen to our prayers, much less answer them…and yet, we still obey. It is then that the devil is reminded that his cause is lost.”|
|Wendy Blight||“I learned that within the confines of God’s story, nothing had been stolen from me, but rather everything was given to me. My life, which felt so out of control, was in reality in complete control – God’s control.”|
|Teresa of Avila||“. . . it is presumptuous in me to wish to choose my path, because I cannot tell which path is best for me. I must leave it to the Lord, Who knows me, to lead me by the path which is best for me, so that in all things His will may be done.”|
|Ann Voskamp||“The fear is suffocating, terrorizing, and I want the remedy, and it is trust. Trust is everything.”|
|Carter Conlon||“The end of ourselves is the beginning of God”|
|Paula Hendricks||“Trust God with your love life, and buckle up for the ride!”|
|Tricia Goyer||“Thank you for reminding me that the future is in God’s hands.'” “‘You’re welcome. And remember, wherever you go, in body and mind, you simply need to call out to God and He is there”|
Where you go, I’ll go
Where you stay, I’ll stay
When you move, I’ll move
I will follow…
All your ways are good
All your ways are sure
I will trust in you alone
Higher than my side
High above my life
I will trust in you alone
Where you go, I’ll go
Where you stay, I’ll stay
When you move, I’ll move
I will follow you
Who you love, I’ll love
How you serve I’ll serve
If this life I lose, I will follow you
I will follow you
Light unto the world
Light unto my life
I will live for you alone
You’re the one I seek
Knowing I will find
All I need in you alone, in you alone
In you there’s life everlasting
In you there’s freedom for my soul
In you there joy, unending joy
and I will follow
Check out the video for I Will Follow by Chris Tomlin
When you put your trust in God he guides your mind so you don’t want what’s inharmonious with his will. What’s been impossible now becomes possible. Jesus said “Everything is possible for one who believes.” (Mark 9:23) Throw your heart into trusting God and the rest will follow.
How to develop trust in God:
- Have a childlike faith. Let go of grown up barriers that keep us from seeing God through our life-tainted eyes.
- Faith must grow. Must be watered and nurtured through reading the word and having a grateful heart.
- Defeat doubt by learning to expect God to answer. Memorize James 1:6-8. “But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.” Don’t let those negative thoughts creep into your head.
- Know God loves you. Meditate on his love. Recall the times God came through for you, times he showed his love. The more you know him the more you will trust him.
- Be willing to relinquish trusting yourself. Let God take the reins; let Him guide your steps. (Proverbs 16:9)
- Make it a habit. The more you practice faith and putting your trust in God the easier it will be.
- Acknowledge where attacks come from. Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.(1 Peter 5:8)
Remember times you have trusted God and He came through for you. Write these down and carry with you to remind yourself of how trustworthy God is in times of doubt.
Bible verse on Trusting God:
|Luke 24:38 (ESV)||And he said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts?|
|Psalm 56:3-4 (ESV)||When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?|
|Proverbs 3:5 (ESV)||Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.|
|Psalm 13:5 (ESV)||But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.|
|Isaiah 26:3-4 (ESV)||You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.|
|Psalm 31:14-18 (ESV)||But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, “You are my God.” My times are in your hand; rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors!|
|James 1:6 (ESV)||But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.|
|Psalm 37:5 (ESV)||Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.|
|Psalm 91:2 (NIV)||I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.|
|John 14:27 (NIV)||Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.|
|Psalm 9:10 (ESV)||And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.|
|Matthew 21:21 (ESV)||And Jesus answered them, “Truly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ it will happen.|
|John 14:1 (NLT)||Do not let your heart be troubled. You have put your trust in God, put your trust in Me also.|
|Psalm 9:9 (NLT)||The Lord is a shelter for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.|
|Nahum 1:7 (NLV)||The Lord is good, a safe place in times of trouble. And He knows those who come to Him to be safe.|
|Romans 15:13 (NIV)||May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.|
|Psalm 46:1 (NIV)||God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.|
|Proverbs 30:5||Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him.|
“For every person who closed the door in my face, thank you. For every person who told me I wasn’t good enough, thank you. For every person who laughed and told me that I was wasting my time going to college, because I was going to fail, thank you. For every person who tried to break me, thank you. For every person who took my kindness for weakness, thank you. For every person who told me I was wasting time chasing my dreams because I would fail, thank you. It could of broke me. From the core of my heart, I thank you. I truly mean it, because if it weren’t for each of you I wouldn’t be who I am today. I wouldn’t of spend hours and loss sleep studying. I wouldn’t developed tough skin. You pushed me to think about what I “really” want out of life. You pushed me to master my craft. You helped me develop the drive, passion and determination. You pushed me to not wait for someone to believe in my vision, but to find a way to make things happen. I know you didn’t “intend” to, but I thank you for teaching me to believe in myself! and you taught me to trust in God and lean on my faith, not man. Thank You!”
Yvonne Pierre, The Day My Soul Cried: A Memoir
He that trusts in his own heart is a fool:
but whoever walks wisely, he shall be delivered.
We’re called to trust God. True servants have a trusting heart. By trusting Him we show that we believe he loves us; that he wants only what is good for us. But so often we put our trust in everything else and wonder why our lives are a mess. We need to lean on Him for everything. Things not going right for you? Ask yourself “am I really trusting God”.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
(Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT)
To develop a trusting attitude you must know God and to do that you need to know what the bible says about him. You need to experience his power in your life. And you need to rely on the Holy Spirit to guide you.
But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. (John 16:13 ESV)
If you struggle to trust him for your daily needs as well as difficult trials remember he wants your trust. He wants to know you believe in His love for you.
“…trusting God has become easy…for today anyway.” (Jubilee Journey, Day 94)
A Prayer for Trust
Father, show me that I can trust you, that you do have my good at heart. Show me where you have come through for me in the past.
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Links to other Attitudes in this series
Introduction to Attitudes