Are You Trusting or Trying?–Irresistibly Free

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As I reflect upon my life, I find that the root of my worries is a fear of failure. I am the textbook definition of a perfectionist—I attempt to control every aspect of my life, including situations far beyond my control. This has led to excessive anxiety and wasted time, trying to grasp onto my own desires and outcomes when it would have been better to let go and let God take the reins.

During these times, I ask myself an important question: “Am I placing my trust in Jesus or myself?”

Even though I am a dedicated Christ-follower, I often find myself failing to place my daily troubles in the hands of Jesus. If I can trust him with my salvation, I can trust him with the trials and tribulations of everyday life. By focusing on my worries and struggles, I leave less room for Jesus in my life. And when Jesus takes up less room in our lives, the enemy sneaks in and deceives us with lies.

In the Bible, Jesus reminds us that when we fall short, trying to do it on our own instead of giving it to him, we fall captive to sin and fear. When we trust in ourselves instead of him, we inevitably fall into sin and must face the consequences. Jesus warned the Pharisees of this when they tried to find freedom on their own and refused to trust in him.

John 8:44
For you are the children of your father the devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.

I often fall into these false thought patterns: If I try my best and work my hardest, then I’ll find freedom. If I can finally control my career, my relationships, and my decisions, then I’ll be set free from my worries and live life my way. However, Jesus teaches that no human being can find freedom apart from him, because we are all enslaved to sin. We live in a fallen world, and we all sin.

Ultimately, we’ll find that a lack of trust leads to a lack of freedom, resulting in unnecessary worry and strife.

John 8:34-36
34 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave of sin. 35 A slave is not a permanent member of the family, but a son is part of the family forever. So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free.”

Next Steps:
Pray about the areas in which God is leading you to surrender to him. Make the conscious decision to trust him with these areas, and let go of trying to do it yourself.

For the next week, keep a journal of the things you worry about most. Identify the most common areas of worry and give them to God in prayer.

When was a time in your life that you recognized the consequences of not giving enough room to Jesus? What steps did you take to give the situation to Christ and let go of the outcome?

What are some ways that you could make more room for Christ in your everyday life? In what ways would giving him the room to work in your circumstances impact your life?

Heavenly Father, thank you for teaching me that I do not have to face life on my own. You graciously sent your son into the world to free me from the slavery of sin and death, allowing me to place all of my burdens and troubles at his feet. Please remind me each and every day that I am called to trust fully in you and help me to surrender my decisions and circumstances to you. Let me experience the freedom and peace that only comes from a life with Christ. In Jesus’ name, amen.

This post was written by Isabelle Billnitzer. Isabelle is a regular attender of CedarCreek and serves in the children’s ministry. She is passionate about writing and loves spending time with her family and friends. Her goal is to show people the love of Jesus Christ.

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