Our faith becomes diluted when we hold onto a few backup plans—just in case. But trusting the Holy Spirit requires placing our entire being on His sovereignty to uphold and sustain us as He chooses.
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths (Proverbs 3:5-6 KJV).
Faith requires letting go and trusting God!
The Holy Spirit wants us to depend exclusively on Him. But to do that, we must purposefully invest time in getting to know Him. “How can you trust someone with your heart you hardly know?”
The more we learn about God’s faithfulness and the truth of His love for us, the more we realize He’s our security and provider; our spiritual ears become sensitive to His guidance as we lean on Him for help. However, building trust is ongoing, toughening each time it’s used.
Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help,
Whose hope is in the Lord his God,
6 Who made heaven and earth,
The sea, and all that is in them; (Psalm 146:5-6 NKJV)
Mark 4 recorded when the disciples encountered a great windstorm on the sea; the waves were overflowing into the ship fiercely. They were frightened and, therefore, woke Jesus, Who was in the stern, sleeping soundly. The disciples said, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” (v. 38b) But Jesus said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” (v. 40) NKJV
God is telling His children, I’m with you; trust Me, not the ropes.
Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand (Isaiah 41:10 NKJV).
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