It’s been quite a while, but I’m back to publish some more uplifting stories in this magazine!
This time, I thought I’d share a really special piece on faith and trust in God because I feel that a lot of us need to realise that God is always there for us, and the only thing to do is just trust in Him. I hope you enjoy this week’s piece!
I will start to update and publish stories every two weeks, so make sure to keep tuned in!
-Christabel, CEO of Uplifted
What does it mean to have faith, to trust God?
As a Christian I’d like to tell you, but it isn’t really something you can just describe or get a hold of straight away. So what is it I’m getting at? No one really has faith? No
The easiest way to describe faith or how to trust God is to look at other people’s lives — seeing faith in action is one of the most humbling and rewarding moments.
In 2 Corinthians 3:2–5, the Bible reveals that we ourselves are examples to follow, not that we are perfect but because through Christ and his spirit in us we are made Christ-like. So what does this mean?
This highlights the earlier point: if we struggle to have faith and trust God, we can look to God in the lives of others and see how God has turned a situation around for someone close to us.
This can act as a refresher, allowing you to remember and be thankful for what God has done for you before. A common misconception is to think you have no faith or not enough faith but Romans 12:3&12 tells us that God has given us all a measure of faith and it may only be that we need to exercise that faith, however small it is.
Verses 10 to 12 puts it simply and verse 21 sums it up saying:
“Be not overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good.”
This is how we should exercise our faith.
If we truly believe God can do all things, then why do we stress? Why do we try to accomplish things without including God in our plans? We may trust God for what we deem to be small, but forget to come to him when the situation is a bigger problem. The problem with this is that we may unintentionally place boundaries on God.
1 Peter 5:7 says:
“casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”
This passage reveals that we can have faith that God will take care of not some but all our cares — but we must open up to let Him in.
God understands the struggles we can face daily. As a student you may become stressed over exams and university prospects, you may even worry over finances. The important thing, as said in Philippians 4:6, is to let our request be known to God and rest in assurance that God is working in your life.
The reason we need to understand and have faith is because it is believing without seeing which is what we want. This shows a higher level of trust in God and allows you to hold strong when it seems you aren’t getting your way. An example of this is shown through Jesus, as he prayed that he would not need to go to the cross, yet at the end of verse 42 of Luke 22, he says:
“not my will but thine be done.”
The passage highlights that through faith we can begin to see God’s plan as the best possible thing in our lives, and an unanswered prayer needn’t mean God is not listening, but that he has something even better for you!
It is important to remember that faith is the pinnacle of our relationship with God; John 4:13 says that whatever we ask for in his name he will do. This, like many other promises and gifts God gives, only requires us to have faith in his name — we must sometimes sit down and ask ‘how can we expect God to answer if we ourselves don’t believe.
To conclude here, God asks nothing of us yet gives us all things readily, and like a gift we need only to receive it in faith.
Originally by Ayo Olubode
“As believers, we can’t go by feelings or sight, we are to have faith in God and trust that His word is true in everything concerning us. When the lies of insecurity try to creep into our lives, they are expelled by God’s word. When one begins declaring God’s word, the lies of Satan will be expelled.”