Vision Series Assignment 5 Explained – Trust the Promises
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By Stan Washington
Peering at his missing fingertip, I worried about the shop teacher’s instructions. “Be careful!” he would blurt out. This made me less confident in my abilities. I did not hold the piece of wood as tight as I should have and it flew up and hit me in the face, just as he said. My lack of confidence had gotten to me and I did not trust the instructions or his expertise. [b]Trust is a requirement of following God.[/b] Fear breeds a lack of trust. It seems like the bigger the vision, the more people fear failing. Consequently, many micro-business owners play it safe, chasing less risky, low-rewarding routes. They listen to risk-adverse people, never meet new customers, and hide at home waiting on referrals. 1.[size=1][font=Times New Roman] [/font][/size] [b]God wants total trust in His abilities.[/b] [i]“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths“[/i] (Proverbs 3:5-6 )[i].[/i] If a person is filled with fear, that person may believe in fearful directions labeled as “safe.” But what if God does not want you to play it safe? God would prefer your relying on His abilities instead of your own. This may throw “safe” out the window. 2.[size=1][font=Times New Roman] [/font][/size][b]God wants obedience.[/b] Not all areas of trust are fun. You may show a tiny bit of trust for a short time and things may still go wrong. Will you still obey God? The God-centered business owner expects things to go wrong but continues to obey God, knowing He is trustworthy to clear up mistakes. 3.[size=1][font=Times New Roman] [/font][/size][b]God wants you whole.[/b] Knowing that God wants you whole strengthens faith. Even when difficulties arise, trust shows up and guides you through the situation. Addressing fear takes trust in God. When life has been tough and problems have beaten you up, it may be difficult for you to trust God. He knows this and is gentle in His guidance. He wants total trust from you, allowing Him to guide your business, finances, family, friends, and your health. Trust builds obedience to Him. Unshakeable trust enables God-sized things to happen through you. What promises has GOD made you? Do you trust those promises or will you half-heartedly hold onto your business, ready to give up when HE wants you to hold onto it tightly to HIS promise that HE will take care of you? Next I will discuss needs assessment.