God asks us as believers to have three things:
Complete trust or confidence in someone or something.
Compliance with an order, request, or law or submission to another’s authority
The state of feeling certain about the truth of something.
These things may seem easy but we all know that life makes them almost impossible.
I personally struggle with these simple guidelines on a daily basis. I have to constantly be at God’s feet asking for strength.
One of my favorite stories in the bible comes from the book of Matthews, chapter eight starting on verse 23. The scriptures says:
Then Jesus got into the boat and started across the lake with his disciples. 24 Suddenly, a fierce storm struck the lake, with waves breaking into the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”
26 Jesus responded, “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!” Then he got up and rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly there was a great calm.
27 The disciples were amazed. “Who is this man?” they asked. “Even the winds and waves obey him!”
The part that got to me the most was that God was asking his disciples why they have little faith. Imagine if you were in that position. The King of kings is asking YOU, why your faith is so little. I would be crying and asking for forgiveness in a heartbeat.
God is like the wind. You can’t see him but you feel him, so you know he’s there. The disciples had the honor to see and feel him. But they still didn’t fully trust God.
This brings me to the topic of obedience.
1 Corinthians 15:58 says,
Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain.
To know God’s command and following it requires you to read the Word. That is a way he is able to communicate to us what we need to do on this earth. Others think that life is just about living and doing what we want to do. But that is not the case. The life we are living is not for us it is to glorify God. We are on a mission to bring souls back to the Father and the only way to do so is to be obedient.
In having faith and being obedient, you need confidence. A little swag to your walk. We are sons and daughters of a KING. His word will never fail.
Another favourite scripture of mine is Psalms 27:1,
The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the defense of my life; Whom shall I dread?
When you know who are you and WHOSE you are, nothing should phase you. You should wake up in the morning with a smile on your face ready to take on the world. You know your Father in heaven has a plan for your life and you will walk in victory. He has given you the authority on Earth. With him, all things are possible (Phil. 4:13).
I know it is difficult to keep these in mind when life is coming at you hard. But know that the enemy has no power over you. God never says no. It’s either “not yet” or “I have something better.” Stand firm in your faith.