How To Know Whether You’re Trusting God…or Just Being Stupid
There’s a fine line between faith and irresponsibility, and it can be difficult to see at times. But the question isn’t as simple as it appears: it comes down to whether you’re taking a leap of faith or simply being foolish.
Real Risk Lives on the Edge of Spectacular
A pastor wanted to move his church from a portable to a permanent location. His congregation had given generously, but he was still short of his goal. So what did he do? He put out one final call for giving, and people responded.
The Bible Sometimes Makes Things…Complicated
What does it mean to make a Godly decision? Is it wise, prudent, restrained, and responsible? Or is it risky, edgy, out-there, and half-crazed? None of our biblical heroes were exactly on the top college/stunning career track.
Two Helpful Questions
I don’t believe there is a simple, five-step, foolproof way to resolve the tension between faith and folly. Crucial decisions should be navigated through prayer, scripture, and seeking advice from trusted, Christian mature people around you, but that can sometimes lead to uncertainty.
Q 1: Wisdom Killing My Trust?
I’ve been a leader for 20 years and have learned a lot of lessons; I’m wiser now than I was decades ago (hopefully that’s true for all of us), and that allows me to choose what I know, see, and predict without going for broke.
Q 2: Does My Trust in God Disregard All Wisdom?
It’s not from Christ if you claim to be “faithful” but act in ways that make you look nothing like Christ; what people call “trust” can easily be ego, insecurity, disregard for others, or deep disobedience irresponsibility.
The Final Call
You can go through all of these steps and still be undecided, which is fine. Whatever decision you make, offer it up in faith. Dedicate the decision and the outcome to God, as Paul suggests in Romans 14:23, and then go for it with confidence and faith.
What happens when God goes ahead of you?
Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged; the LORD your God will go ahead of you and destroy these nations before you, and you will take possession of their land. The LORD your God goes ahead of you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.
What are signs that God is talking to you?
Is it possible that you’re ignoring signs that God is speaking to you?
- God’s Audible Voice.
- Wise Counsel.
- Visions and Dreams.
- Your Inner Knowing.
- Blocked Paths.
- Do you do your devotions or Bible study every day but consciously choose to live in direct opposition to His word?
What does the Bible say about praying in front of others?
u201cDo not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in synagogues and on street corners to be seen by men… but when you pray, go into your room, close the door, and pray to your father who is unseen,u201d Jesus taught.
How do you pray to God in front of others?
When it’s Your Turn to Pray, Here Are 7 Tips on How to Pray Out Loud.
- Take a deep breath and invite the Holy Spirit to speak.
- Keep it short.
- Focus on one area of thanksgiving or need.
- Be open to the Spirit’s lead for other prayer topics.
- Be yourself.
- Remember that God wants to hear YOUR voice just as much as anyone else’s.
Who told that he did not know the Lord?
The LORD called Samuel a third time, and Samuel got up and went to Eli, saying, “Here I am; you called me.” Eli realized that the LORD was calling the boy, and Samuel got up and went to Eli, saying, “Here I am; you called me.”
When pass through the waters I will be with you?
I will be with you as you pass through the waters; and as you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep you away; and as you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.
What are the 7 signs of the Holy Spirit?
Wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord are the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, which some Christians accept as a definitive list of specific attributes, while others see them as examples of the Holy Spirit’s work through the faithful.
Does God speak to you directly?
Yes, God speaks directly to humans, as evidenced by phrases like “And God spoke to Moses,” “the word of the Lord came to Jonah,” and “God said,” which appear over 2,000 times in the Old Testament.
Can God send you messages?
Another common sign that God sends is through a messenger. God sends messages to His people through prophets, especially in the Old Testament. I’m sure you’ve had this experience. It’s possible that God sent someone to tell you exactly what you needed to hear.
What was Jesus last prayer?
Given that it is an intercession for the coming Church, John 17:1u201326 is commonly known as the Farewell Prayer or the High Priestly Prayer, and it is by far the longest prayer of Jesus in any of the gospels.
Why praying together is important?
Praying together helps you show and receive trust, which strengthens the bonds of intimacy in your relationship. Intimacy is built on trust, and trust is built on how we respond to each other being vulnerable. Praying together helps you show and receive trust, which strengthens the bonds of intimacy in your relationship.
What did Jesus say about wealth?
“How difficult it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God,” Jesus says in response to the young man’s despair. “Who then can be saved?” they wonder.
What is the right way to pray to God?
I hope they inspire you to make the year 2021 a year of prayer.
- Thank him.
- Ask for God’s will.
- Say what you need.
- Ask for forgiveness.
- Pray with a friend.
- Pray the Word.
- Memorize Scripture.
Why do I fear praying out loud?
One of the reasons people are hesitant to pray aloud, according to Gilbert, is that they are insecure about their own prayers, often comparing themselves to others who they perceive to be more accomplished or reverent in their prayers.
How do you pray for others?
Here are seven ways to pray for the people on your mind:
- Let the Lord know you’re available to be the answer to the prayer(s) you’re praying for people.
- Let the people know you’re praying for them and ask if there’s anything they’d like you to pray for.