Sunday, March 22, 2015

"Trusting God Through the Hard Times"


I know that its hard to trust God at times. I know that you have your good days and then you have some really rough days where you're like.. Lord, how long before.. this or that?
I've learned that I can't focus on "this or that" or what I think I'm lacking. My focus must be on the Lord alone because if I ain't content with just Him, then He won't bring things into my life so that I can make those things my idols. 
Philippians 4:11-13 New Living Translation (NLT)
 Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ,[a] who gives me strength.
So, the secret to not having a man or having a man is Christ. The secret to not getting that promotion or getting it is Christ. The secret to not having a car or having a car in Christ. Now, insert your situation. The answer is knowing that Christ gives you strength to be content and to trust Him, even when you don't understand. So, whether it happens or not, you are content in Christ. Isn't that a powerful statement? You may have read that scripture a million times but maybe it hasn't really become real in your heart. We must come to a place in our walk where we say, "Lord, whether it happens or not, you are my portion, you are my strength, you are my joy. I TRUST you as a good Father to provide what I NEED in due season."
Do I "have" everything I want? 
Gosh, that's no longer my focus. It can't be your focus either. Just wake up, take each day.. day by day and give your days the the Lord. I used to focus on what I didn't have and then those things became amplified in my heart. If you stare at something long enough, that thing will be all you can see. And some of us keep staring at other peoples relationships, other peoples ministries, other peoples success, other peoples this or that. We've taken our eyes off of Christ and we have put them on humans. 
How can we change this?
Our focus must shift from what we think we need to the cross. So, if that door opens or not, it doesn't matter. Our focus was never in that door opening, it's in Christ so if the door opens, great, if not, It wasn't supposed to open so I trust Him. 
My husband and I took a walk the other day and we walked by this apartment building that was being demolished. It looked TERRIBLE! Bulldozers were everywhere and I was thinking, gosh, what a huge undertaking! The Holy Spirit told me that THIS is what we look like when we give our lives to Jesus. It looks like a huge bulldozer came in and destroyed your entire heart. God wrecks our relationships, our old mindset and our lives and then, brick by brick with the RIGHT foundation.. He prepares our hearts. And, this is where it gets hard. 
Why?
Because you're used to a certain level of being comfortable prior to Christ. And although the foundation was jacked up, you were still comfortable in your bondage. You were comfortable in your dysfunctional relationships. You were comfortable in your depression.  You were comfortable in your sin. 
Then Christ came and changed your heart. He convicted you of your sin and the Holy Spirit came in, destroyed the sin and started the real healing process. So, as the foundation is laid.. it can be pretty painful. It can be hard. It can be frustrating. Things can seem slow. God won't allow certain bricks to be laid from your past. Things can seem almost like you're forgotten but you must stay faithful to the Lord an keep living for Him. You cannot stop, you cannot quit, you cannot run back to the vomit that the Lord has freed you from! There's NO profit there! One day, your house will stand tall and beautiful with the RIGHT foundation. So then, when the attacks and the winds of this world come, it won't be able to knock your house down. 
Matthew 7:25 "The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock."
Jesus is preparing you for ETERNITY. This life is so much bigger than these temporary things. SO, learn to be content RIGHT where you are. An event won't change a discontent heart so even with that child you prayed for, you still may find yourself unhappy. Even with that husband you believed God for, you will still find that he ain't the source of your joy. Even moving to that new location, you will find ways to be unhappy. Being content is a heart issue. Your contentment proves who you trust. 
Who do you trust?
God loves you like crazy,
Heather Lindsey

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26 comments:

  1. Great reminder. Definitely needed this. My focus is ALL wrong. There is a lot of truth in this blog post.

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  2. Loved it!Thank you for conviction Jesus

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  3. This post was on time for me today. Ever since I got baptized last Sunday, I have been experiencing some trials. I purchased a truck a couple of weeks ago and it began to overheat on me a couple of days after I got it. Had it taken to the repair shop yesterday and spent $600 to fix the overheating issue. So, this morning as I was preparing to go to church, the truck begins to smoke and to find out the engine is blown. Luckily, a lady who has been bringing to church every Sunday picked me and my son up to attend church this morning. I have been without a vehicle for over a year and a half, but I'm realizing God is going to still take care of me and all I need to do is trust him and faint not. Thank you, Heather for your uplifting posts. They are so inspiring and I have recently received both of your books in the mail and I'm reading Pink Lips & Empty Hearts first. I appreciate your testimony and knowledge. Keep ministering to women. Wish you many blessings to you and your family.

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  4. I really needed this. I simply cannot express how much...

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  5. We must come to a place in our walk where we say, "Lord, whether it happens or not, you are my portion, you are my strength, you are my joy. I TRUST you as a good Father to provide what I NEED in due season."

    Confirmation...
    Thank you, Heather Lindsey

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  6. I trust that God will bring me my own husband and i say that to myself whenever i start feeling down but when i get to church on sunday and i see my ex and his fiancee, i start feeling discouraged again. please pray for me

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    1. Hello! I read your post and immediately thought about a couple of posts Heather has on her blog about dealing with an ex and the emotions that come with that. TRUST that there was no profit in that relationship or else you would still be with him. God wants so much for us and many times we have to cut the ties and like Heather said focus on the Lord (not the husband to be), seek him first, let HIM fill those empty places and voids in your life and in HIS time everything else will be added. Don't let the enemy have you thinking you're missing out when you see your ex. Cast down the thoughts and make them obedient to cross and speak to yourself to remind YOU that you are fearfully and wonderfully made and GOD Knows that plans for you! Plans to give you hope and a future. His plans will not harm you (Jeremiah 29:11). Hang in there!

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  7. Really needed to hear that. Truely blessed me.

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  8. Really needed to hear that. Truely blessed me.

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  9. Is it feasible to attend an earlier or later service (provider your church has one) or even look for another body of Christ to worship with? Praying for you to have
    peace and wisdom in this area.

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  10. I really thank God for you and your husband. The Lord has really used you two to minister to me and I'm grateful to Him for you. Your posts come at the exact moment I need them. I pray a special blessing over your lives and may the Lord give you strength and favour to continue ministering His word. Be blessed always..

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  11. This could not have come at a better time than now....:')

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  12. Thank you for this timely post. May God continue to use you big sis :)

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  13. Great post, I will keep my focus on God.

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  14. How can a blog post speak volumes to my current state and season?? Questions, concerns and exact feelings I have been having are all explained to the T on this blog post. This is def GOD b/c there's noway Heather would be able to read my mind and heart and I don't even KNOW HER! You are truly anointed. Thank You for continuing to let use you!

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  15. Heather! I'm sitting in my cube in tears. In disbelief almost. Theres no way that you could have know what I was crying about in my car this morning on my way to work. There is no way. God- you are so faithful. I cried out for you to help me. to explain to my why Im feeling so low. and then I see an email and this blog. i have no words to describe what im feeling right this minute. I think, I want to shout! Thank you Heather for being obedient to God and writing this blog. not waiting until tomorrow or next week etc. but for immediately posting. I cannot express how much I needed to read this. How God answered my prayer and cry from last night and this morning. God bless you! <3<3

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  16. I was about to abandon God. Abandon my faith, leave it all because the last two years have been a constant test, and I just knew the Lord had forgotten me. Then I was led in my spirit to read this blog & it broke me down, convicted me & I realize that although I have been focusing more on my relationship with God I haven't been giving my all. I'm still trying to "fix" things. Time for me to drop everything and take a vacation just God & I. Lock myself away and give him 100%... bury myself in his word & be still until I hear from him. Thank you.

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  17. Thanks Heather for an awesome post! As somebody once said: You have not laughed your best laugh. You have not sung your best song. It’s still out in front of you. Stay in faith. And whatever you do, don't you dare give up :)

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  18. Heather!! This is harder than what I can think of sometimes I feel like dying I pray for the Lord to give me all the strength I need in this darkest moment!! God bless you

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