I believe you were blessed by the first part of this series (http://www.hersingledays.com/2018/12/09/tough-trust-part-1/ ). As you were reading those words in part 1, You may have even given up or you are thinking of throwing in the towel. But I urge you to hang in there. Let Faith begin to rise in your heart and soul! God says the plans He has for you are plans of good and peace to give you an expected end (Jeremiah 29:11) the waves may be big, but GOD is bigger! He has said He would take you to the other side; trust His word and His timing. Trust the process! Anyone who puts their trust in God will never be put to shame or disgrace! (Romans 10:11; Isaiah 45:17; Psalm 25:3) Sometimes it may take longer than you think or expect but stick it out with God because he cannot fail you.
After praying and ‘faithing’ it, If you still fail, If you still loose the opportunity, if your loved one still dies, if you still loose your property, or whatever you are trusting God for, regardless of the outcome, do not let go, trust God! He who created the heart, is He not able to not only heal your heart but replace it with a new one?! He who gave you life and everything you have, is He not able to restore everything you would ever loose in multiple folds?! If the Lord is in your boat do not fret. I do not mean to demean your pain; the process of grieving is as painful as it is important. But Instead of whining and crying, it may just be about time that you Arose and speak to the wind like Jesus and having done everything, stand firm with the complete armour of God! (Ephesians 6:14)
Another important advice I would like to give you is to pray the prayer of enquiry. When my family was going through the storm, I prayed earnestly but there were only a few times I stopped to listen to what God was saying concerning the storm. I was so focused and bent on getting only one outcome, which was obviously the restoration of my Daddy’s health. Sometimes, the out come is important but what happens in the middle is more important. In 1 Samuel chapter 30 when the Amalekites invaded Ziklag and took their loved ones and belongings away. David and the people with him wept bitterly but what fascinates me was that after the pity party, in verse 6 to 8 David encouraged himself in the Lord and secondly, he enquired of the Lord and God told him to pursue them and recover all. In the end He recovered all and much more!
It is great to hold on to the end result but what is God saying right now? Sometimes I wish I had spent more time making memories with my Daddy during His last days on earth, but I was so invested in my end result. Instead of only focusing on praying away the problem, what if we also pray for the strength to go through it? Sometimes some storms may probably be as a result of our disobedience; like brother Amittai Jonah who was running down to Tarshish instead of going up to Nineveh where God sent him. It could even be an answer to your prayers for God to use you or grow your faith and now you have to take a test! A great way you can discern what to do or what God is saying is through the prayer of enquiry. One reason why many believers get easily overwhelmed by their storm is because the expend so much energy praying it away that they fail to calm down and connect with their only source of strength and “the forth man” in the fire, Jesus.
Nobody just wakes up one morning and develops strong muscles, it’s a process. Tough trust is not a destination, it’s a daily process. We cannot wait for a storm to hit before we begin to build our trust muscles. The more intimate you become with Jesus the more your love for him deepens and the more your trust for Him toughens! The more time we spend in the secret place and in the Word, the more tough our trust becomes (Psalm 91:1) The more your faith grows, the more your trust muscles mature! “…faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17 -NKJV) “But you, beloved, build yourselves up on [the foundation of] your most holy faith [continually progress, rise like an edifice higher and higher], pray in the Holy Spirit” (Jude 20-AMP)
Remember Jesus’s parable of the man who built his house on the rock; when the floods came, and the winds blew it did not fall because it was founded on the rock (Matthew 7:24-29). The only place you can stay strong is the secret place: “If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.” (Proverbs 24:10) “…But the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.” (Daniel 11:32) When the storm hits and you are in the secret place and founded on the rock, just rest because it would always work out for your good in the end. I know it is easier said than done but today, start building your trust muscles. Never stop building it, be consistent! Remember it’s “…Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.” (Zachariah 4:6)
If you are currently walking through a storm or situation, you are not alone, the Lord Himself is with you! “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” (Isaiah 43:2). Interestingly, you would realize that some of the most intimate moments you would ever experience in your faith walk are during storms or between a rock and a hard place.
Finally, one important thing you can do is to leverage on your local church or Godly community to pray and support you through it. After the “secret place”, the next place you are to be Honest, Open and Transparent (HOT) in, is within your Godly community. “So let’s do it—full of belief, confident that we’re presentable inside and out. Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps his word. Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:25-MSG)
Beloved, if you desire that we pray for or with you, Please reach out to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org we would be glad to stand with you in faith. Thank you for reading. I love you! Stay firm in the Father’s Love!
“I am learning that I am at my best when I am stripped down to a bare soul. It’s when my prayers are most pure. When we begin to long for experiences that reveal the areas we’ve learned to bury and cover, we are granted the opportunity to know ourselves more fully. God often sends us into moments of external instability so that inner security can be achieved”
“In the mist of uncertain times, there’s always a moment when you let yourself fall completely apart, you admit that you do not have it all together and that you are tired of putting your best foot forward. In that moment, you believe you are venting, but without knowing it, your release of those words take the sting out of fear and allow you to finally be real…..bare….open….free….”
–Sarah Jakes Roberts