Jeremiah 17:7–8 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit.”
In these verses, we have a proclamation and a promise. The proclamation declares that when we trust in the Lord we will be blessed, and the promise assures us that regardless of the circumstance we will be fruitful and bear the fruit of good success.
“Benefits will come your way when you trust God.” – Min. Kelvin Ford
You must pray and trust God and not give up but push until He gives you peace that everything will be alright. When you trust God, it takes you on the journey of faith that leads into the fulfillment of the promises of God.
God gives you a process. Your personal development with God can help you get through the process.
The process must be respected before you can trust it. God expects you to trust Him because He’s already proven Himself. When you think about process it’s important to think about things that will help you get to where you need to go.
What does the next level of living a fruitful life in Christ looks like to you? Is it an unshakeable faith, freedom from anxiety or fear, freedom from arrogance or lust, or freedom from unforgiveness? Just like the athlete that conditions himself to be at the top of his game, you must come to realize that you must activate certain spiritual disciplines to keep your devotion to Christ at a high level.
If God allows a trial to come, there is a purpose for the trial – Min. Kelvin Ford.
Spiritual disciplines that can strengthen your personal devotion to Christ and desire and willingness to trust God:
Prayer is a spiritual discipline that keeps your heart inclined towards God. If you say you trust Him you must pray! A healthy prayer life keeps your heart faith-ready, and more importantly it helps you see life with the help of God. Every concern and circumstance is an opportunity to pray.
The Psalmist says, “for this cause everyone who is godly shall pray to You in a time when You may be found; surely in a flood of great waters they shall not come near him. You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; you shall surround me with songs of deliverance”
Life gets busy but keep prayer as a priority. Build it into your daily routine and make it a lifestyle. Prayer is essential for a vibrant faith and it will encourage you to trust God. If you are struggling with praying, start reading the Book of Psalm. It will strengthen your prayer life and it will increase your confidence in God.
Meditation on the Word
Psalm 77:11 – 12 – I will remember the works of the Lord; surely I will remember Your wonders of old. I will also meditate on all Your work and talk of Your deeds.
Psalms 46:10 – Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, and I will be exalted in the earth.
There are times when you need to shut down the noise and the distractions of life and meditate on the Word. If your soul needs to hear that you are loved, cared for, protected, forgiven, healed, restored, or strengthen, then find those related scriptures and speak them into your life. To meditate in the Word is considered an act of worship where the believer is communing with God and becomes spiritually renewed.
Psalms 32:1-2 – Blessed is the person whose disobedience is forgiven and whose sin is pardoned. Blessed is the person whom the Lord never accuses of sin and who has no deceitful thoughts [God’s Word Translation]
God’s gift of forgiveness is readily available when you ask Him to forgive you, but unforgiveness not only keep your prayers from being answered it affects your relationship with God.
“Every day I work hard to keep my heart right with God.” – Min. Kelvin Ford
“Every time we go through a process, God is trying to get something to us.” – Min. Kelvin Ford
Psalms 51:10 – Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Adoration and Thanksgiving
Psalm 9:1 – 2 – I will praise you, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will tell of all your marvelous work. I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High, and
Psalm 18:1- 2 – I will love You, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; my God and my strength in whom I will trust: my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
The power behind your adoration and thanksgiving to God is the fact that you are making declaration of faith of who God is and who God is in you, including your circumstances. These expressions of faith shift your perspective to one that is empowered with God!