Testimony – Faith and Trust in God
Prov 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. 7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and depart from evil.
Approximately over the past year, God has repeatedly informed me to Trust in Him and have Faith in Him. It’s starting to come together what this teaching means. I recently read a sermon by David Wilkerson, I highly recommend it. It’s available here. He also showed me how faith works, and I’ll get to that in a moment with a valuable testimony below..
What God taught me is to believe in Him. Have faith and trust in His provision, have faith and trust that He is who He says He is.. have faith and trust that He will do as He promises He will do… at all times. As James wrote:
James 1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
There are so many scriptures based on this. Mainly, it is to set the mind on things above. What God showed me was that, regardless of the situation, have trust and faith in Him. Remove the eyes from worldly affairs (the mind’s eye), and to remain in Him. It almost seems like disbelief by giving worldly affairs space in this body. To fall into worry, anxiety, stress, etc.. for me, is disbelief in God. Christ came and died for these things. They are conquered. What business do I have looking at them, dwelling on them and ultimate accepting them? If I look at them, think upon them, then they come into my existence.. they are now my reality. In other words, I’ve chosen to have faith and trust in such worldly affair. I choose Him instead.
God showed me that I can flip things over, make them right. Instead of living ‘of’ this world, why not live of the Kingdom? Instead of putting blinders on to the Spirit and having faith and trust in worldly affairs, how about I place blinders on to the worldly affairs and have faith and trust in God? The realm that I place my faith and trust in will ultimately be what I experience. I’m a firm believer that we create reality by choosing what we think upon. Like Peter, when he stepped out on the water. His eyes were on Christ. Did Peter take a step outside of the boat, thinking “Hmmm, if I step on this water.. how is this going to work? Can I walk on this?” I do not believe he thought these things at first, but he eventually did:
Matt 14:29 So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. 30 But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” 31 And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”
I believe Peter took that step out of the boat with an excitement, eyes squarely on Christ, running towards Him. Nothing else existed but Christ. He didn’t have to put effort into thinking or believing, he just did. His eyes and his thoughts were squarely on Christ.. It is my opinion that the water didn’t exist in Peter’s mind. Only Christ. Bam, he just walked. But as soon as he gave the water and wind thought, they came into his existence… His eyes were off of Christ, and he sank into the thing he gave his mind over to. Did Jesus say, O you of little faith, why did you doubt… As in, why did you bring the doubt in… why did you look at the water.. why did you take your eyes off of me.. why did you have faith and trust in the water and become afraid? Just something to think about..
Thus, here is my testimony.. I was addressed with a situation that could have been very stressful, and I admit, it was at times. I prefer to not go into details, but it was a worldly event and was trying to suck me in. But I kept repeating and praying… Lord, you have this. You will deliver me. I trust in you. I will not give this topic credence. You say you will help and I believe. You promise that you have a future and a hope for me, and I believe. You promise to not harm me and that you love me. You promise a plan to prosper me. I believe in you.
After about a week or 2, out of the blue, I receive word that the situation was dismissed. Of course, the first thing I do is praise God. Then, the stiff-necked person comes out and starts worrying… “well, is it truly taken care of? will I have to deal with this at a later date?” But I had to confess this and pray… If it isn’t finished, I don’t care. I don’t care. If it resurfaces, the Lord’s got it. The evil one is trying to steal the seeds of God in my heart. Do I have faith and trust in God or do I have faith and trust in the doubt coming from the deceiver? The answer will be whomever I choose to serve… God or man.
Here’s the testimony that rocked my world on Faith and Trust in God.. I confess that I’m a germaphobe. I constantly sanitize my hands, use sleeves of my jacket to open doors, etc. One day, I go to a bible study at a church. They separated us into groups and we went into different rooms. I walk into the room, and I see it’s a kid’s classroom. As soon as I saw it was a kid’s classroom, I said under my breath… and everything in my body believed this: “Great.. now I’m going to get sick.” I had a sinking feeling in me.. I was fully convinced I was going to get sick. I sat down and made it a point to not bring my hands up to my face. I was tense, lol. 5min later, the back of my nasal passages had that itchy/scratchy feeling. By the end of the study, I felt drainage going on, and my throat was starting to get scratchy. By the time I got home, I had a sore throat and a slightly stuffed nose. I woke up in the morning with a full blown cold. This was a lesson of faith and trust and the Lord showed me what my current faith and trust have done and will continue to do. He showed me that mustard seed of faith. He was basically showing me that if I give that much belief and faith in things of this world, I’ll get them. It is the same belief and faith that He wants us to have in Him. So, I said “Greater is He that is in me than he that is in this world.” With the same belief, I claimed my healing. In 2 days, it was gone.
At any rate, I have to journal this testimony as a memorial.. Praise God Almighty. Thank you Lord.