It’s easy to say we believe in God and call ourselves followers of Christ, but this doesn’t necessarily mean we actually have faith. By definition, faith means having complete trust in someone or something. Therefore, it is actually impossible to obtain complete faith without first having trust. 

So then faith simply means we completely trust God.  

If we don't trust God then we have a lack of faith. And if there is any lack, can we say we have faith at all? 

But He said to them, ‘Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?’ Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.
— Matthew 8:26

Our faith in God cannot be based on a life that is easy, comfortable, or absent of any difficulties and saying we trust Him. Having complete faith is not comfortable. It demands people to live a life of risk. It requires people to experience real challenges. This is the only way to really develop the level of trust that God actually wants us to have; a level of trust that says we are people of true faith. We have faith because we first have trust. 

Currently, I’m in a season of shift where God is making some radical changes. And I mean RADICAL. Out of fear, I thought about how hard these changes might be. So, I tried to strategize against these hardships and make my own plans to help God’s plans. Because I had a lack of trust and little faith, I let fear drive me to a place of striving instead of surrendering. Out of fear, I attempted to help God.

One morning, in the midst of my fear, God stopped me and He spoke,  “Daughter, I don’t need your help. Just trust me.”

Wait what. [Someone hit the brakes!]

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
— Jeremiah 29:11

God doesn’t need my help. 

In fact, God doesn’t need anything from me. Seriously, God is God. He is loving, faithful, and good. All He wants is for me to trust in Him. Immediately I felt the weight of my fear lifted and a sense of peace over me.

I realized then that faith doesn’t come from striving, but from surrendering. 

So having faith actually means we surrender and trust God. But, how do we get there?

Friends, if you are struggling to trust God with any area of your life right now, remember that God knows exactly what He is doing. He will never call you into something that He hasn’t already prepared you for. He knows what is the absolute best for you (which is truly beyond what you could imagine for yourself). All you need to do is surrender and trust Him. 

Before you go to bed tonight, pray for a greater level of faith to rise up in you. Here is a sample prayer:

Lord, I thank you that you are the God of the heavens and the earth. I thank You that I can trust You with my whole life because you are the one who created me. You know every hair on my head and You fashioned me for a special purpose. Please forgive me for any doubt that prevented me from trusting You completely. I know that I have trusted you with very little faith, but I want to trust you so much more. I repent of my ways and invite You into my heart to change me from the inside out. I ask in Your name that You would rid me of of my fears, expand my faith and deepen my trust in You. In Jeremiah 29:11 Your promise is that You have great plans to prosper me, to give me a hope and a future. So Lord I pray that You would prove Your word to me and cause me to believe all that You are. In Jesus name, Amen

And my prayer for you, dear brothers and sisters, is that you would step out boldly into the life God has called you into with a tender heart that trusts Him. I pray that God will awaken a greater level of faith in you that causes you to be blessed beyond measure and that others would be blessed because of it. Let a level of faith rise in you that exalts God so that others would declare His glory. In Jesus name.

Love, L