Trust God First (Charles Swindoll)
- Avoid self-sufficiency– It short circuits the test. Don’t be quick in finding your own solutions.
- Don’t live as an extension chord- your immediate connection should always be God first. Don’t look to others for your source for trusting God. Don’t be quick to rely on others because they will eventually become a crutch.
- Don’t allow yourself to remain distant from God– Job was a great example of trust, while losing it all he remained faithful to God. Job said,”Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.” (Job 13:15)
- Don’t cultivate a bad habit of worry– Does your worry list out run your prayer list? Examine what your worry is connected too. No matter how much you try, you cannot out run your worry. Worry can only be conquered through trust. When thoughts come into your mind, quickly replace them with affirmation of your trust in God. Push worry to the side and rest in the Lord. Learn to lean on Him and choose to remember his faithfulness. “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” (Numbers 23:19)
- Avoid the seed statements of un-trust- a. I am worried. b. I can fix it. c.I can’t wait. d.I can’t sleep. e. Are you sure I can trust the Word of God? f. I need help from others before God. g. If I manipulate the situation it will work in my favor. h. I will take charge now and pray later. i. I feel insecure with myself and need others.
Atomic Habits to change your life
- Build Good Habits-
10 Habits to Succeed in Life (Navy Seal)
- Start each day with a task completed.(Making beds)– Handle the simple task first. Take pride in the small things and the more challenging task will become more manageable.
- Find someone to help you through life. (Row together) Task become easier when you have help. Forge relationships that allow you to develop accountability and support. Ecclesiastes 4:11 states, “Also, if two lie down together they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone.” Find a friend that is willing to row at your pace with a constant synchronized flow. Paddling becomes easier together and at times a true friend will take both paddles over to keep you moving in life.
- Respect everyone.(The Munchkins
- Know that life is not fair. (“Sugar Cookie”
- You will fail often. (The circus)
- Take some risks. (New record, head first
- Face down the bullies. (Sharks)
- Step up when the times are toughest. (The dark keel)
- Lift up the downtrodden. (Song of hope)
- Never ever give up. (Don’t ring that bell)