Thinking Outside of the Box

I find it hard to believe that some of the things that I never believed in were the things that would change my life. One of my significant deficits was defining prayer according to my interpretation of the scriptures. Yes, I believe that prayer is the only way to communicate with God, and I believe that God answered prayers; but I failed to realize the importance of having total faith in God. 

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1

Presenting my challenges to God through prayer was not an issue. I desired to be an active part of the solution by developing and implementing my plans based on prior experience. Although, I asked God for His Divine intervention, I desired to help God by putting my plans into action. Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5

Impatience and the desire to resolve life’s unexpected trials and tribulations proved that I had many deficiencies in my spiritual relationship with God. I possessed all the tendencies of an Unbeliever; Impatience, Disobedience, Lack of Faith, Mistrust, and disregard for God’s Omnipotence. And without faith, it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek Him. Hebrews 11:6.

Serving God requires total commitment! “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.” Isaiah 55:8. Life as a Believer requires that we please God. It is unwavering faith that keeps us connected to the source, even when our situations appear bleak. Trusting in God and faithfully waiting for His resolution is an essential part of living a faith-based life. Faith is having total belief in God when our circumstances are “Impossible.”

Let God handle your situation. Self-Reliance places our minds inside of a box and prevents spiritual growth. How much can we accomplish in comparison to what our Heavenly Father will do for us? When unemployment monies are running out, food is scarce, and eviction is just around the corner, pray and, “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” 1 Peter 5:7. Remember, God will take care of you and your family if you just trust His plan.

31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’

32These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.

33Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

34So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” Matthew 6:31-34

Bible Reading: Matthew 6

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Author: steps2successwithsolutions

By profession, I am a Registered Nurse, with a passion for helping others overcome the obstacles in their lives. I am a writer of Devotionals, Romantic Poetry, and Research Articles. The recent development of Mentoring and launching as a Motivational Speaker has prompted me to address real-life issues for women from a spiritual perspective.