Today’s post discusses how to use trust to increase happiness. Prior to beginning our discussion we will clarify and define the meaning of trust and faith as used in this post. For our purposes faith is defined as a belief and trust as an action. We believe that trust and faith go hand-in-hand and complement one another. Successful living is enhanced when trust and faith in God is exhibited. Faith is a very powerful belief.
Matthew 17:20 And He said to them, “Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.
In the above scripture Jesus explains to His listeners the power of faith.
And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee. Psalms 9:10 KJV This scripture reminds us of the importance of putting our trust in God. When we act on our trust and step out on faith we demonstrate that we allow God to lead and rule our lives.
5 TIPS FOR APPLYING THE POWER OF TRUST AND FAITH TO INCREASE HAPPINESS
There are a few basic prerequisites for reaping the benefits of applying trust and faith in God. You must believe that God is God and become a part of His Holy family. You must study His Word and know His promises, expectations and requirements. You must pray and fellowship with Him frequently. We will take a close look at these prerequisites.
1. Believe God is God. God’s Holy Word, the Bible, tells us that He is God.
Psalm 100:3 NIV Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Rev. 1:8 New International Version “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”
Rev. 22:13 New International Version I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.
2. Join God’s Holy Family. In order to become part of God’s family one must accept Jesus as Lord and Savior of your life. This requires admitting you are a sinner; seeking forgiveness; and, inviting Jesus into your life.
John 14:6 NIV Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
3. Study. Study the Bible. Read it frequently. Incorporate key verses into your heart that you may call upon them as needed to provide immediate strength and hope. I.e. Psalm 28:7 NIV The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.
Phil. 4:13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.
4. Pray. Pray and fellowship with God daily. Thank Him in good times and bad times. Share your joys and successes as well as your sorrows. Do this not because God doesn’t know but as a reminder to you that God is in control, that He is all powerful and almighty. Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
5. FELLOWSHIP WITH BELIEVERS. Strengthen your walk by frequent fellowship with believers. Engage in corporate prayer and worship. Surrounding yourself with believers not only strengthens your walk but provides encouragement to others. Believers individually and collectively strengthen one another. They provide evidence of God’s work in their lives.
In conclusion, most individuals are happy when they [and family members] are healthy, have adequate funds to meet their needs and have a loving/caring relationship with one or more individuals. I believe that happiness is a state of mind not a reflection of material status. An individual who knows God can be ‘happy’ when sick, broke, or in the midst of crisis. That is because such individual knows that God has a plan that will bring ultimate joy and success for the believer not only in the next world but also in the present world.
Jeremiah 29:11 NIV For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Share the love of Jesus with someone this week. Have a blessed week.
Healthy Life Church Ministry Team