“So be very careful how you live, not being like those with no understanding, but live honorably with true wisdom, for we are living in evil times. Take full advantage of every day as you spend your life for His purpose.”Eph. 5:15-16, TPT
This Scripture used to intimidate me. “Make the most of every opportunity.” But, I am chronically ill. How do I live and make the most of my opportunities, given my limitations?
There’s something I neglect: Our great God is in control. He is the One enabling us – to make the most of every single opportunity. Even though I live with daily trials, I can cultivate “trust habits”.
Developing Trust and Intimacy
Trust habits can be defined as practices which encourage intimacy and deeper trust in our Lord Jesus. As I previously mentioned, I have certain trust habits designed to help me grow in my relationship with the Lord. I haven’t officially “made it” in case you were wondering, but my faith in Christ is growing.
In order to live out this Scripture, I need to cultivate “Trust Habits” – these are the regular, daily, activities in my day that will continually reinforce a deep intimacy and trust in our Lord. Despite our trials, we can have our faith deepen. Trust Habits help me draw near and truly trust our Lord Jesus Christ as my Father, Savior, Creator, and Lord over all things.
Habits That Lead
There are many different habits we could cultivate in our lives. Some lead us nearer to our Lord Jesus Christ, while others cause us to run for the opposite direction – away from our Risen Lord. We need to become intentional about our lives, and how we live out these days the Lord has given us.
A habit is something we can implement into our day.
There are many ways, in which we can create space for our Lord to reign over our days. We can build habits into our days, which deepen the trust we have firmly placed in our Lord Jesus Christ.
What are some of these “Trust Habits”?
- Reading our Bible.
- Fellowship with the Holy Spirit and other believers.
- Joining in worshipping God in song.
- Scripture memorization.
- Surrendering: Giving everything to my Heavenly Father.
- . . . & much more.
A Word of Encouragement
Dear friend, I know trials cause us to feel as though our faith is shrinking. I know, it can seem as though our opportunities shrink versus growing. I want to encourage you to keep drawing near to our Lord Jesus. Keep seeking ways to implement these habits, which will cause your faith in Jesus Christ to grow. Our time in the Word of God or prayer may seem so small, but it is about drawing nearer to the Lord.
Each step we take to draw nearer to the Lord – is a step we need to take. Don’t give up. As you face this difficult season, allow your trust in Jesus to become raw, real, and stretched.
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