If we can trust God with the first of our wealth, weâre truly showing how much we depend on Him. Handing over the first part of our paycheck takes a huge amount of faith, after all. But doing so means being God-centric.
To get there, though, make sure youâ¦
5. Check Yourself by Godâs Word
Letâs be honest. We arenât so good at evaluating ourselves. We will go to great lengths to excuse our behavior, our actions, and our sins. Who needs a defense attorney when we can pretty much find a reason for any bad thing we do? The prophet Jeremiah captures this very well:
âThe heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?â (Jeremiah 17:9)
If weâre ever going to truly trust in God and flee evil, we have to know exactly where we stand. We have to find an objective measure that tells us the truth. And that truth comes from God and His Word.
Of course, that doesnât mean weâll always like what we see or how we see it:
âMy son, do not despise the LORD's discipline and do not resent his rebukeâ (Proverbs 3:11)
Thatâs right. Sometimes it takes something bad happening or seeing ourselves in a bad light before we finally admit that we need to change. And the more weâre in the Bible, the more likely this is to happen.
âI have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.â (Psalm 119:11)
When we have Scripture planted firmly in our hearts, God will often use that to deal with us.
6. Listen to the Holy Spirit
When Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit to the church, He told His disciples that this Counselor would be their spiritual compass or GPS:
âBut the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.â (John 14:26)
As we go through our day, this same Holy Spirit guides us, too. That means we donât have to go it alone or hope weâre getting it right. No, the Holy Spirit leads us into all truth and protects us:
âGuard the good deposit that was entrusted to youâguard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.â (2 Timothy 1:14)
After all, the gift of the Holy Spirit to us believers reminds us that we can trulyâ¦
7. Rest in Godâs Love
When we face a difficult world each day, we can sometimes wonder if God even cares. Why do bad things happen? Where is God when I need Him? Solomon reminds us that God never takes a break or leaves us to fend for ourselves:
âbecause the LORD disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.â (Proverbs 3:12)
Even in the midst of turmoil, God sticks with us and uses those challenges to shape us. When we understand that, our perspective completely flips. No longer do we see our setbacks as failures; we see them as moments when God, as our loving Father, works on us.
And thatâs exactly why we can trust in the Lord with all our hearts. He cares for us each and every day. He gives us what we need to thrive. He pours blessing after blessing upon us.
Of course, following each of these daily steps isnât easy. Thatâs why Jesus said we have to deny ourselves and follow Him (Matthew 16:24). Trusting God takes a whole-hearted commitment from dawn till dusk. But weâre never alone in it:
âAnd surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.â (Matthew 28:20b)