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Monday, January 15, 2018 @ 12:00:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell -

The last couple weeks I have been thinking about my ongoing desire to live in freedom and how that is tied to my faith, which is evidenced by my ability to trust God at every moment.

For most of my life I have been a "controller”, a person who worked hard to reduce risk and fear by trying to be in control of circumstances and sometimes, control people close to me. This seems to be a genetic trait in our family, or at least one that was strongly taught.

In recent years my hearts desire has been to learn to walk in the freedom that God calls us to. Not freedom to do whatever we want, but freedom to live and enjoy life, trusting that God has our best interest at heart. Waking in the morning without fear of what bad news the day may bring. Living as if Romans 8:28 is true:

”So we are convinced that every detail of our lives is continually woven together to fit into God’s perfect plan of bringing good into our lives, for we are his lovers who have been called to fulfill his designed purpose.” (Passion Translation)

My wife Kaylinn and I have experienced a variety of issues in recent years which have challenged my trust that God does have our best interest at heart. Kaylinn’s stage 4 cancer and my prostate cancer returning are just two of many tough situations we have faced. Life’s tough challenges are not unique to us though. Most of our friends have also faced serious challenges in recent years.

Can you imagine what it would be like to live with "NO fear of bad news”? (Psalms 112:7). Not having a knee jerk reaction when the phone rings thinking "what now?”.

Recently I have been studying Romans 4 and the first portion of Romans 5. I am becoming more aware that my lack of freedom is directly connected to my faith. But what is faith? Common thought is to equate "faith” to "trust” but I am now thinking that this is an over simplification of the word faith. Here is a formula for faith that I have been contemplating:

Faith = Belief + Trust

The first part of faith is believing that:

"….Jesus transferred God’s righteousness to us and now declares us flawless in his eyes" (Romans 5:1, Passion Translation).

This also involves believing more than salvation. It is believing that we are God’s son or daughter, that He loves us unconditionally, and that He has our best interest at heart as Romans 8:28 states. At this stage of our spiritual growth, believing in our righteousness through Jesus is reasonably rock solid in our lives but I find it more difficult to believe that we are completely loved, regardless of our actions, and that God always has out best interest at heart.

This leads to the second part of faith, "trusting” God when what seems like "endless troubles” hit us, and being able to relax and let Him be in control of our lives. Romans 5:3-5 declares:

"Even in times of trouble we have a joyful confidence knowing that our pressures will develop in us patient endurance…refine our character…leading us back to hope…because we can now experience the endless love of God cascading into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who lives in us.” (Passion Translation).

What a challenge, having joyful confidence during suffering knowing that we will experience even more of God’s love! This is "trusting” God no matter what the circumstances we face.

Living free from fear and from the pressures of daily life is directly tied to our ability to live by faith. It is "believing + trusting”. It starts with our beliefs. Trusting God during suffering is directly is dependent upon what we believe about our position in Jesus and believe about God’s incredible love for us.

How do we get there? I am fairly certain we never completely arrive in a position of perfect belief and trust this side of Heaven, but this doesn’t mean we just give up. God desires that we continually grow in our faith, and He uses the circumstances in our lives to strengthen our faith as we seek Him.

"And without faith living within us it would be impossible to please God. For we come to God in faith knowing that he is real and that he rewards the faith of those who truly seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6, Passion Translation)

Faith is maintaining hope in the midst of tough times. Though I struggle with hope at times, my hearts desire is expressed in Romans 15:13:

"Now may God, the inspiration and fountain of hope, fill you to overflowing with uncontainable joy and perfect peace, AS YOU TRUST IN HIM. And may the power of the Holy Spirit continually surround your life with his super-abundance until you radiate with hope.”

Living in freedom from fear and the desire to control is directly related to our ability to trust God. Trusting God is dependent upon our beliefs, our understanding His incredible unconditional love for us, and resting in that love.It is anticipating and expecting "It Is Him Again” moments no matter what life brings.

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