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day 4: Trust

The test of trust is a permanent fixture in the life of every believer. As long as we follow God, He will continue to lead us out of our comfort zones, past our limitations, and into realms where we can learn, grow, and be transformed. As we experience success, get promoted, or come into new places of favor and opportunity, it is normal for new insecurities around our inadequacy to appear.  The source of our trust gets tested again, and at a new level, because we have something precious to lose.  If we are not careful, the fear of losing what we just gained will cause us to come under the pressure to perform and attempt to pull success into the realm that we can control. Whenever we take on the need to control the outcome, we are putting our trust in our own, strength, gifts, and abilities.  Getting our eyes off the ways and nature of God and back onto ourselves and our abilities to achieve makes us forget that the trust that got us to this new position has the power to keep us there.  

From The Pathway to Powerful, Chapter Four “Becoming a Powerful Leader”

THINK

Consider Proverbs 3:5-7: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and turn away from evil.”

What is the danger of leaning on our own understanding?

What does it look like to acknowledge Him in all our ways?

REFLECT

Is there any area in your life right now where you feel like your ability to trust is being tested?

Take an honest look at yourself. Is there an insecurity or sense of inadequacy in you that is causing you to come under a pressure to perform or attempt to control the outcome? What does that look like for you?

If you were to let go of control and lean into trust, what would that look like for you?

What could it be that God is wanting to teach you or cause to grow in you through this season?

PRAYER

Father, I want to grow in my ability to trust in You. I confess my inadequacy and I choose again to surrender my sense of control and any need to perform, and I look instead for You to lead me in Your ways. I thank You that as I acknowledge You in everything I do, You make the way straight before me. I ask that You would walk with me in this season, teaching me how to lean on You for strength rather than my own understanding.

 
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