Practical Messages for Impractical Times
“There is no fear in love [dread does not exist], but full-grown (complete, perfect) love turns fear out of doors and expels every trace of terror! For fear brings with it the thought of punishment, and [so] he who is afraid has not reached the full maturity of love [is not yet grown into love’s complete perfection]” 1 John 4:18 (AMPC).
Children learn to trust or distrust their parents or caregivers based on their experience. If lovingly raised, they will grow and develop-mentally and emotionally-with the capacity to have healthy relationships with God and others. When the environment involves violence, neglect, or abuse the child matures into an adult with low self-esteem and the inability to trust. There is always an underlying suspicious mindset toward others, in spite of the love they receive.
Unfortunately, the impact of a dysfunctional upbringing impacts our ability to trust God. We are never able to fully give Him our problems, or our hopes and dreams. We attempt to make plans for our lives without asking or waiting for Divine intervention. We live in fear. Fear is the breeding ground for mistrust. Mistrust is the gateway to discouragement and depression.
Talking to God through prayer is the only viable solution. An honest confession of admitting that we do not know how to trust God is the first step to victory. Verbalizing our desire to trust God, naming our fears, sharing our hopes and dreams invites our Heavenly Father to work in our lives. Letting go of discouragement allows us to see life from a spiritual perspective and to hold on to the promises in the Word of God.
Let go of the burdens that have weighed heavily on you since childhood. Trusting God has perks; He is never defeated and you are guaranteed victory when you give all to Him.
Prayer for Today: Dear God, Please teach me to trust you. I am tired of failure, mistrust, and discouragement. Please deliver me from my past, I am ready to trust you with my life. Amen!
Sonya Johnson Ruiz