It is difficult to please God if we do not have faith, yet God deeply desires for us to have faith in Him. But what exactly is faith, and how is it different from trust? Every one of us has people in our own lives who we can put our faith in, as well as some whom we cannot. As our familiarity with a someone grows, so does our capacity to trust or mistrust that person. We all learned to put our faith in our caregivers when we were just infants, therefore we all have the potential to be trustworthy. And the Lord used the trust of a little kid as an example of the kind of trustworthiness we ought to strive for.
Rare Goods to Be Obtained
When viewed through the eyes of a young kid, humility and trust combine to form the foundation of what we should all be. However, even a single instance of dishonesty or something even worse can completely destroy a person’s capacity for trusting others. As a result, protective walls are built and defensive methods are developed so that there is no prospect that “another” can let us down. Trust is a precious commodity in this corrupted society since so many of the people in whom we placed our faith have let us down. And throughout our entire lives, from the time we are infants until the day we die, there are certain people who let us down. And Satan uses this mistrust to bolster the countless fortresses that encircle the heart and keep it captive.
One of the many unfortunate consequences of this is that we start to mistrust everyone and everything in our lives, which leads to the construction of a multitude of fortifications as a form of personal protection. Strongholds of suspicion, strongholds of doubt, strongholds of mistrust, strongholds of perplexity, strongholds of dread, and strongholds of unforgiveness are all examples of these types of strongholds. Strongholds that foster the development of incorrect attitudes, incorrect ways of thinking, incorrect beliefs, or incorrect behaviors These strongholds are the source of anxiety, despair, mistrust, independence, and frequently denial. Strongholds that lead to self-condemnation, guilt, stress, and a life of defeat are to be avoided at all costs. And the life of servitude that the Israelites were forced to live in Egypt is a reflection of this ever-present jail today.
Strongholds are a smart technique that the adversary employs to undermine our trust in God, despite the fact that they were created to “guard” our hearts from being damaged again by other people. This so-called “protection” suffocates the heart, leading to a life that is defeated, overpowered, and miserable. The betrayal of close friends and family members gives rise to an ever-increasing lack of confidence in everyone. But this is not the full picture; rather, it is just the tiniest tip of a massive, poisonous iceberg. Such defensive strongholds lead to a lack of confidence and faith in our dependable God.
Plan devised by the Devil
In order to accomplish his goals in the lives of believers everywhere, Satan’s primary tactic is to sow seeds of doubt concerning God. Despite the fact that numerous attempts have been made, no 12-step program has ever been designed to tackle the established strongholds of life. And many of those who respond to such schemes end up becoming more bitter and disillusioned, which adds a further layer of mistrust until the optimism within a person’s soul is completely stifled. But there is a route to victory, and there is a method to conquer this adversary of the soul. Satan tries to win over every believer by taking advantage of the strongholds that we all have in our life. It is possible to bring down fortresses that have been constructed and raised over the course of a lifetime.
Help and healing come from giving your entire being over to the Lord, including your past, present, and future hurts, guilts, pains, fears, doubts, and worries. Giving all of these things over to Him will result in the freedom to trust in His love, which is the ultimate goal of giving over your life to the Lord. This is all that he asks of us—simply that we put our faith in the love that he has for us. And getting to know God the Father by knowing God the Son is the best and most efficient approach to grow your confidence in God. To know the Lord Jesus Christ, who will unreservedly disclose the Father to us, is to know the Father.
Close and Personal Affair
Remember the words of a great God-honoring saint who put their faith in Him… He wrote that we should not trust anyone beyond the extent of our familiarity with them. Therefore, it is not enough for us to simply acquire knowledge of the relevant information; we also need to grow in our familiarity with the One Who lays the foundation for and sustains it. This is the prayer that Christ prays for all those who belong to Him: that they may come to know you, the one and only true God, as well as Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. — John 17:3. In the lives of all Christians, the primary objective of Satan’s approach is to instill a deep-seated mistrust of God. Although God deeply desires our faith in Him, we can only develop it via personal interaction with another person.
The Most Valuable Promise
Peter wrote: Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, according as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness – through the knowledge of HIM that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these, ye might be partakers of the divine nature. — 2 Peter 1:2-4.
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