If you want to trust God, but you’re just not sure how to do that, this post will be a game-changer for you and your faith.
Our lives are busier than ever, with our attention being pulled in every direction. Not to mention the steady stream of unsettling, and sometimes scary, news that’s at our fingertips all day long. It can be hard to remember that God is always faithful, even when we feel afraid or out of sorts.
In today’s post, I’m sharing some of my favorite moments with amazing Bible teachers who help us remember who God is and why we can always trust Him.
Let’s get started.
Jackie mentions one of the things that we as believers get wrong about God’s holiness. She says that it’s purely negative meaning, that we think of it only as – God is sinless and righteous, and we are not therefore, He’s going to judge us and send us to Hell. The problem with this is that if holiness is only framed in a negative way, then the way we interact with God is based on that. Jackie reminds us that God’s holiness is not only His moral purity, it’s also His transcendence, the fact that He exists differently from us.
God is different, and what does that mean? It means that we can be anywhere in the world, and we serve a God that exists outside of space and time; therefore, we always have access to Him. And this is what it means for Him to be holy!
I asked Jackie why we should care about God’s holiness, and she said caring about God’s holiness is caring about God Himself. She then says, the bigger question is, why don’t you care? We can try to understand ourselves in other ways or the world about us, but they are all going to fail until we get to know God.
How can God’s holiness help us trust Him? Jackie says, “If God cannot sin, that means He cannot sin against you.”
Sheila tells us that on the days when she’s doing well, she sits on her chair on her balcony. During COVID, she found the beauty of just going for a walk, being quiet, and not filling up the quiet with noise. Sheila has found such comfort in knowing that our Father gets it. Even when we cannot come up with a word, the holy spirit is interceding for us.
She provides the bible verse Romans 8:26-27 (NIV) as a reference to this and it says, “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.”
Sheila provides a reminder to those who are struggling that they are being heard and they are being held.
Nicki, right off the bat, says doubt can turn into sin really easily. She reminds us that anything we struggle with in this life, there is someone in scripture who overcame that. Nicki provides the example of Noah and how obedient he was to God’s instructions even though others doubted his ability.
“We need people in our lives to impart wisdom and we need people in our lives that we can impart wisdom to.”– Jackie Hill Perry
“You are going to go through life trying to find a whole bunch of ways to understand yourself and the world around you but it is always going to fail you until you get to know God.”– Jackie Hill Perry
“We all want life to be a quick fix and some things are not.”– Sheila Walsh
“There is something about quiet and not feeling obliged to fill up the space with noise and just knowing my Father gets it.”– Sheila Walsh
“For every hard thing that you and I will go through there is already someone in the scriptures who has overcome it.”– Nicki Koziarz
“God is in charge of the plan. I am in control of my obedience.”– Nicki Koziarz
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