Faith’s top gear
How to lead a more contented, purposeful life
through complete trust in God.
Fully engaging with God.
Opening our lives to God’s loving care.
You can read the introductory article to this section of the website, “God’s presence in our lives” before going on, if you have not already. It explains the various methods, available to us, that we can use to engage with God in our lives. And how our lives can be positively changed as a result! It also puts those available methods, and our overall relationship with God, in perspective.
(To read about the ‘who’, ‘how’ and ‘why’ of this website please click here.)
This particular article is also closely related to another, “Sound faith” in the website’s primary “Journey of faith” section. Maybe it’s also worth reading, when you have the chance. The contents of both articles support each other, rounding out the ‘big picture’ of how to experience a more contented, purposeful life based on a deep personal relationship with our Christian God.
Let’s now get into the subject of this article: trusting God with your life. As we move to this level of faith, i.e. trusting God with our entire life’s direction, we finally shift into ‘top gear’. We ‘fully engage‘ with him, accepting our ‘responsibilities’ as we do so. Opening our lives to him completely, during the process, so that each of us might become ‘the real me‘.
The previous articles in this “God in life” section of the website have led us to this explanation of deep faith and its potentially positive outcomes.
2. OPENING OUR LIVES TO GOD
The aim here, at this stage of our Christian faith, is to firstly build the closest relationship with God that we can. Opening our lives to his loving care; his ‘grace‘ during the process. Because, as a result, we do benefit! And I know that looks a bit selfish, but from my experience it is the truth.
There are a number of articles in this section of the website, leading to this last one. And they are all about interacting with the Lord. That is, building a loving and satisfying relationship with him, that in turn leads to our contentedness etc. And, without doubt, we gather genuine ‘belief-building evidence‘ as we go.
As I have written in other articles, God has a ‘superior plan’ for each of us, based on our abilities, personalities and events that he knows will face us in the future. Yes, he knows everything, so we just need to trust him! But, remember that his plan isn’t about our daydreams. It relates to the best possible outcomes in relation to our real needs. Purpose. Contentment. Real personal freedom! If you have the time, please read the article, “What does faith offer us?“.
2.1 Engage and ‘grow closer’
A subsection has been devoted to using basic old “Prayers of request”, in this “God in life” section of the website. Another subsection explains how he can guide us on our path. And if these interactions with God, and others explained in this section of the website, are used as the Bible instructs then they will give us many ‘pointers’ that God is indeed the ‘real deal’.
But you know, I am leading to something deeper here! Yes … you see … we also need to know how to spend ‘plain-old’ bonding time with the Lord. That is to really strengthen our relationship with him! Indeed to build up both our ‘faith’ and ‘faithfulness’ (I explain that one later) as we head for life transforming outcomes.
As such, an important article in this section, titled, “Mature prayer” should be a useful guide for you. It’s all about spending quality time with the Lord. Deeply engaging with him in the way he wants us to. Helping us to build a two-way loving relationship during the process.
Bear in mind too, from my experience, I recommend that you become a practising member of a fellowship of faith, i.e. a church. Become baptised etc. The article, “Why we go to church” further explains the importance of going to church. It is indeed a useful place for bonding with our Lord. And a whole lot more!
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. He becomes so very, very real.
2.2 Engage through the Bible
The Lord also intends that we will all be guided by “his Word”, the Bible. And I am confident to say that he can speak to us, as we read it. Figuratively speaking, it ‘feels like magic’ at times.
The essence; the beauty of Christian faith is ‘illuminated’ as we read the Bible. And that alone will certainly change our lives for the better. But there is more! Quite often, answers to life problems that we may be facing just stand out, as we read. And it is not rare for that to happen.
2.3 Engage and be guided
Please don’t underestimate how effectively the Lord can guide each of us through life, during our journey of faith. It probably took me a decade to fully get it, and really gain the benefits!
Yes, the Lord truly ‘knows’ each of us as explained above. And he loves each one of us. So, of course we should engage with him in the big issues of life, as I have suggested in the article, “God’s guiding hand“. It is the lead article for the subsection of the same name. Note that there is heaps of advice, through that subsection, about how God can effectively guide each of us. Bear in mind he always knows the ideal way forward for us!
“For I know the plans I have for you,”
declares the Lord.
“plans to prosper you and not harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future.”
‘Divine providence’ – as explained in the article, “God’s helping hand” – can be utilised by him within our lives on a daily, weekly, monthly or even whole of life basis. And providence (God’s help) is provided to us after we do accept his guidance. I have already used the Bible verse below in that previously mentioned article, “God’s helping hand”.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight.
2.4 Completely trust him with your future
In simple words, when we are at this level of faith and belief, we pretty well stop asking him for the ‘odds and ends’ we think we need in life. I mean we just open ourselves to his incredible wisdom. We look for his guidance (see those previous articles). We follow that guidance, and work alongside him as it ‘pretty well’ comes together for each of us, and yes for those other people reliant on our results.
So yes, as explained above, if we are deliberately following his guidance in all ways, he will support us as our lives ‘roll out’. Especially, if we are faithful to him (please see the next heading).
Importantly, feel confident to trust this holy process of ‘grace‘ in action within your life! If your personality traits, or natural weaknesses, initially stand in the way then ask for his help to overcome them. Again, trust him!
Deep trust and faith really do lead to the best outcomes! Like me and a whole lot of other Christians, you will recognise him there at work, because of positive events that can be real ‘standouts’. You will KNOW the benefits of this approach. And you will gain further confidence in it all as you move forward on your path through life with the Lord.
2.5 And if it ‘seems’ to stall?
And 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. All this is explained under Heading 5 in “God’s helping hand”.
Look … I admit it … this one still catches me out occasionally. But I just remind myself of the issues that are holding progress back, and then completely open myself to the Lord through prayer and trust. That is to a state of mind where I ‘know’ he will bring about the best option for me.
3. FAITHFULNESS IS REWARDED
Also bear in mind, that he will particularly assist us if we are, in turn, living faithfully.
As an ordained clergy friend of mine (one of my team of advisors) puts it, if we are ‘in sync’ with God in that way then all his potential loving care can be bestowed upon us. God’s loving care equals ‘grace!’
3.1 Behaviour that God wants from us
If we can hold ourselves in faith’s ‘top gear’, his loving presence becomes so obvious. And all the loving care that comes with it!
We firstly try harder to live the way he wants us to – as made clear in the Bible. We live ‘faithfully’. 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. The article, “Christianity Explained” offers a basic understanding of our religion. An explanation of ‘right and wrong’ within Christianity is presented in the article, “Rules, laws and commandments”.
As far as God is concerned it is all about ‘love’.
3.2 Will it be worth it?
You may still be wondering whether the sacrifices you have to make in life by leading a life of faithfulness, as God wants of us, are worth it? Mmm, yes, I did think that way myself initially, and it did take me 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!
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.
Again, please have a look at the article, ” What does faith offer us?“.
3.3 ‘Potholes’ in our journey of faithfulness
Now God KNOWS that we are human and will never be perfect. And in our early days of faith, it is more likely that we will live a little unfaithfully to him at times. From my experiences again, I can assure you he will give you hints when you do disappear down a ‘pothole’, as such. That is when a lack of faithfulness to God, possibly through bad choices in life that we have developed, threatens our ongoing relationship with him.
And as our relationship with the Lord deepens further, again from my experience, he does expect greater faithfulness from us in our day-to-day lives. The related warnings from him, i.e. tough love, become much more obvious at that stage in our journey of faith. In effect, we just have to ‘repent’; turn our back on those bad habits. I am of course referring to wrongful (sinful) behaviour. Please see the article, “God’s tough love” for a better understanding.
And I write confidently, we will know he is not pleased with us in these circumstances! And we should also know why.
4. REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS
I have evaluated and re-evaluated the impact of taking this approach of ‘trusting the Lord’ over the years. Handing over the ‘big ticket items’ in life to him. Putting in the ‘hard yards’. And as I often state, I have checked with other committed Christians and clergy. It really works!
4.1 He will react with loving care
As I have highlighted already, the most ideal long-term results possible for you – and all others affected by your actions in life – should actually be the outcomes. That is if you do deliberately and confidently trust God in this way. He will react with downright loving care throughout your whole-of-life journey.
4.2 But bad stuff will still happen in life
But, 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, more money in the bank 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.
5. WE FIND OURSELVES
It is actually there, through full trust in God, we truly find ‘ourselves’ – the person that God intends us to be! The real me. The real you.
We just put our complete faith in him, and through trust in him we follow his guidance in all the big and small aspects of our lives.
I am definitely not writing this article as some sort of theoretical exercise. No, I write it from thirty plus years of personal hindsight. And advice from all those committed Christians I have interviewed. Yes, lots and lots of analysis and evaluation! That is, the result of that lengthy audit of ‘faith in action’ within my life. In other words, I slowly but surely proved to myself that all this Bible-based stuff has a sound basis and actually works for us in life. (Again, please click here for the ‘who’, ‘how’ and ‘why’ of this website.)
And to find ‘ourselves’ in this way … and come to enjoy greater contentment and freedom and purpose in our lives … we also find God as a rock-solid presence there!
Without doubt, God is interested in every part of our lives. Out of his love for each of us, he really does want to be involved! Please see the article, “God in the workplace” as an example.
Eventually though, 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 our communities.
We should also be led towards a well rounded life. No obsessions. A contented balance of God, family, church life, study, work, helping others, friends and just plain enjoying life to the best of our ability. Access the previous article in this website section, “Trusting God day to day” if you would like to begin this ‘trusting’ stuff on a simpler scale.
Inevitably, as well as being ‘The Boss’, God can come to be our constant companion, confidante, helper, counsellor and, yes, the closest of friends.
I also add that occasional solid 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!
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