Thoughts on Faith and Moving From Worry to Worship

Lord, there will be storms and still our trust is in You for even there You are with us and will never abandon the ones You love (us!) or the work of Your hands. How we love You!
Lord, there will be storms and still our trust is in You for even there You are with us and will never abandon the ones You love (us!) or the work of Your hands. How we love You!

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro (c) 2014

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.” (Prov. 3:5-6)

Is He God or is He not? If He is God, then do we believe in Him? If we do, then we also know that what He promises is the Truth. He cannot lie. Neither does He change. Thus what He promised to generations before ours, remains His promise to us. We can rely on it. In fact, reliance on His love and promise to care for us is the only things upon which we can truly rely.

He tells us not to worry. This is not because nothing we view as bad will happen. This is not because we will get everything we want. It is because He knows who we are, where we are, our past, our present and our future. He knows the plans He has for us. He knows our dreams, our wishes and our fears and He loves us. He created us to be with Him. Our ancestors chose exile. Yet He is constantly on the move offering opportunity to be restored to Him and then be used by Him with great purpose as a vessel through which (by the power of His Spirit) He continues to draw others to Himself.

We are not to worry, but seek His kingdom first. Our focus is to be getting to know Him better, practicing listening for His voice and then grasping the courage to obey that which we think we hear which does not contradict His Word, but may not seem to make sense to our logical human minds. This is His desire for us!….because……

He has the rest handled. He is God. He has the overview. He does have the plan and is the only One with the power to complete it. His intentions are good and not evil. He takes what the enemy means for evil and uses it for eventual good. He alone is God and there is no other. He is always using everything for His rescuing work of humanity. He has counted every hair on every head, sees every sparrow which follows and knows exactly what is on your mind at this moment.

All things belong to Him, He is always going after every lost sheep, never gets discouraged, never loses heart and never quits. But He also never promises here will be heaven. It is not. It is the place of our exile and it will not be easy.

But we do not have to keep our focus here; we can direct our gaze to Him already gone before us to eternity! That is our destiny! Eyes forward. Attitude bowed down in worship, awe, admiration and adoration of the King of kings and Lord of lords, who has always reigned and will always reign, who created each of uniquely and takes a personal interest in each of us individually.

Worry has no productive result. It causes mental strain, emotional anguish and physical consequences, but worry in and of itself changes nothing. Read it again. Worry changes nothing.

We need to do as He says. We need to look to God. We need to focus on His promises, not in fear, but with the trust of a child who knows the parent has everything handled.

This does not mean from our current perspective it will all be “okay”. But He will accompany us through all that comes and He will lead us gently and faithfully (sometimes carrying us!) from here to eternity. And in the twinkling of an eye we will be ushered into that place where there is no more sorrow and no more pain. The Comforter will personally wipe away every tear and finally our joy will be complete.

For now, we either trust Him and His plan or we do not. We either let Him be God or we try to make things change by the amount of our worry. We either choose to rest in His plan, thanking Him for what we can see as well as what we can’t, believing He will work out the good, vital, most important eternal things through all the yuck, following where He leads, or we sit down and cry in our own mess.

It hurts to watch others we love hurt. We don’t want it for them. But God has a plan and a purpose for them and He sees what is going on. He asks us to trust, be confident not in the circumstances but in Him and what He will work through these circumstances, to worship, pray, listen and obey. He asks us to trust Him in order to not fear the consequences from any lesser power or personal choice. He asks this as a sign that we believe and acknowledge He alone is God.

It is not easy! We want what we want and we do not want suffering for ourselves. And we definitely do not want suffering for those we love.

He asks us to believe, trust and pray—to join Jesus in intercession at the right hand of God the Father in heaven. He asks us to partner with Him by the power of His Spirit to birth that which He has purposed from being a spiritual plan into being a tangible, natural event.

Do we believe He is God? Then let’s worship Him—let’s thank, let’s recount to Him His promises, reveling in the fact that they are for us and those we love. Let us offer a sacrifice of praise and let Him calm our fears by writing His Truth on our hearts. In return by our worship, He will shift the atmosphere and enable ground given up to the enemy in the hearts of those we love to be re-taken for our Lord and His perfect, redeeming, restoring, healing, empowering, encouraging way.

Let us let God be God. Let us become the trusting children He asks us to be. Let us boldly come before His throne of grace and ask for what we want, then let us live in the moment without worry for the future for we choose to know He holds it all well and safety in the palm of His hands.

   

Eagles Nest Foundation , Inc.
www.eaglesnestfoundation.org

Elizabeth Fulgaro is a wife, mother, writer, inspirational speaker, worship leader, composer, singer & recording artist.  She is also a Certified Financial Planner and Accredited Financial Counselor with a heart for helping Christians understand and steward their finances God’s way. 

For books, worship cds, Bible studies and teachings written by Elizabeth Fulgaro or to schedule her to come speak to your group please visit www.holyspiritpress.org  Worship music audio clips can be found at www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ElizabethFulgaro and on itunes.

Elizabeth is the Founder of Eagles Nest Foundation which provides spiritual support & encouragement to military and military families as well as those in physical and emotional battles (such as cancer, long-term illness) as well as those grieving a loss.  (A current outreach is The Japan GRIEF Project.)  For information email info@eaglesnestfoundation.org or visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org  

Author: Elizabeth Fulgaro

I am a God-seeker--a Jesus-worshipper--a Holy Spirit follower. I create songs, devotions, prayers, books and Bible studies to give words with which to get to know God more. For you. Its for one-on-One encounter unto transformed, transcendent living. This is not my vocation. I am not professional. I am a real, ordinary person just looking to do what God put me here to do. (You have a unique purpose too.) So I am called to the work. It is not my income source, but my gift to those who find it blessing. Eagles Nest Foundation sponsors all projects for you. The result: pure, clean spiritual nutrition to feed that deep insatiable spiritual hunger which eventually overtakes each of us and galvanizes you to the life God has for you. This life is purposeful. Exceptional. You--yes, you--are called to something greater and more satisfying in His service. So it is hoped you'll try this spiritually dense nutrition and find it to be a personal blessing. However, the goodness of God-following doesn't stop there. He uses those who seek Him to be His love and care (justice, mercy, advocate, kindness) very tangibly in the lives of those around you. Not by your power but by His. His ideas. God ideas. Not just good ideas. To be part of changing the world, if you will let Him. You learn to just follow where He leads. That if you listen, He will teach you to hear His voice and then when you obey His inner promptings you will become His incredible hands and feet in this hard world. These materials will help! They will help you aim your life towards God in a way you never look back. You will not be the same. He will become the River in your desert spaces and you will become a conduit of this same River of refreshing, replenishing Water of Life to others. Find a prayer. Pick a blog post. Read a book. Be led deeper into the Bible. Select a song which resonates and use it and use it again to go close and ever closer to the God who longs to draw you near. Oh, and don't be tempted to think I'm a crazy over-spiritualized loony...My background is financial planning and counseling. Almost 40 years of it. To choose to believe in God is not to leave practicality and reason behind, but to learn that there is that which goes beyond it and includes it, unto true life fulfillment beyond all your dreams for the one who keeps seeking Him. I am a third generation Californian. I am a person to whom family means everything. The only priority higher is God. The foothills of the Sierra Nevada are my home. It is here the 1849-1856 Gold Rush is still glorified. Easy money? Actually only for the few. Even though I was raised in the Church, it took me ten years of doubting God even existed to realize that without Him, no matter how much of this life's "stuff" is accumulated, I actually have nothing. To come to know that all those who chased after gold are dead and all those who still chase stuff will be dead. That's when I became a God-seeker. Looking for that more. And Eureka! (This is California's state slogan and means I found it.) I found God...or rather, I discovered He was there and had been there waiting for me to look for Him the whole time. May you discover more of Him for you, greater flourishing life and greater flourishing for all in the world as well. God bless you! ~Elizabeth

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