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Safeguard Your Faith-Philippians 3 // by Emily Rhinehart

Have you ever felt that God isn’t listening to what you’re asking Him about in prayer? Or, have you ever felt that you might be talking to no one? I’ve experienced these doubts but no need to worry friends, it’s all a matter of building a little trust in God.

I know for a fact that I love to worry; I’m very great at it. When I’m on the phone with my mom and I’m talking to her about something that has really been on my mind, she always says that I could win award because I worry so well and so often. As I approach a time in my life where I know some major changes are about to occur, (like graduating college. Yikes, right??) I find myself worrying about little things that I usually have no control over. Sometimes, it’s even things that won’t affect me until years from now. When I start to worry so deeply about my future, my mom reminds me that I’m not trusting the Lord and what He already has set out for me and that He’ll never let anything hurt me.

When I was reading over Philippians 3 the first verse immediately grabbed my attention,

“Whatever happens, my dear brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord. I never get tired of telling you these things, and I do it to safeguard your faith”

Philippians 3:1

This verse is something we should remind ourselves whenever we begin to worry and doubt. When we start to fall into doubt we’re not doubting ourselves but doubting the well-written plan the Lord has already set.

“Let all who are spiritually mature agree on these things. If you disagree on some point, I believe God will make it plain to you. But we must hold on to the progress we have already made” 

                        Philippians 3:15-16.

The Lord recognizes that we aren’t going to automatically jump right in and trust everything He tells us to do. It’s going to take time. It’s going to take effort. It’s a process of learning how to grow closer to Him.

Think of building your trust in the Lord as you would when starting a new relationship. Just as you may begin a new relationship with a new coworker or even a romantic relationship with a special someone, growing trust in the new partnership takes time and effort. And you know what? Taking your time getting to a very deep, spiritual level with the Lord is absolutely normal. Don’t psych yourself out if this new, richer relationship of trust and letting go with Christ doesn’t immediately happen even if you’ve been a devoted follower for years. I still feel as though my relationship with Christ is new (I gave myself to Christ about 4 years ago), I’m still finding my way with Him and learning everyday what He has to teach me.

Give into Him and He won’t lead you astray.

 

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