The moment we believed and received Jesus into our hearts as our personal Saviour, the miraculous happened. In fact, it happened on so many levels and in so many life changing ways. We were snatched out of the kingdom of darkness, and translated into the kingdom of light! Our spirits became the home of the Holy Spirit, where He made us alive and formed the image of Christ in us. We became part of God’s family and inherited not just all the promises of God, but everything He has. And all this happened in one single moment, when we decided to believe God!
Do you know why we believed God? Because we trusted Him. The Bible says the Holy Spirit was already at work in our hearts, bearing witness with us and leading us to truth - the truth that we can trust Him (Acts 15:8, 1John 5:6). And that’s exactly what we did! We didn’t even hesitate, we followed our hearts and jumped right into the gift of eternal life, embracing our newly found salvation with such joy and gratitude, being overwhelmed by God’s love for us.
Did you know that just as we believed and trusted God to be saved, we can believe and trust Him for all we need to live in victory in this life? It really is that simple, but for some reason, we’ve complicated it. We’ve allowed our minds to reason and be caught up in the natural, and influence what we believe. When what we should be doing, is believing and receiving in the spiritual realm, and letting our spirits dominate our way of thinking.
Believing God is the key to life, but until we truly trust Him, we are always going to battle to settle the matter of faith inside of us. Hebrews 11:6 says, “But without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him. For whoever would come near to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He is the rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him [out].”
So how do we build our trust and faith in God? Just as the Holy Spirit worked in our hearts to help us trust God for our salvation, He continuously works in our hearts, revealing the trustworthy, loving nature of our God. That’s what He does, and He is extremely good at it! Ephesians 3:16-20 explains how the Holy Spirit enables and empowers us to grasp the depth and magnitude of God’s love for us so that we can personally experience the nature of God. And when we know Him this way, there is simply no question when it comes to trusting Him! Look at what the Amplified Classic version says in verse 19, “[That you may really come] to know [practically, through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled [through all your being] unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]!”
And then, when we are completely flooded and filled with the practical knowledge of Who God is, take a look at the results that flow from that: “...Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams)” verse 20.
Did you get that in your spirit? Oh my goodness, what a glorious truth! We don’t have to go around wondering if we will ever be able to have enough faith to really trust God in this life. The Holy Spirit inside us is making Him real to us all the time! All we need to do is pay attention to Him and become sensitive to His promptings! He is never silent, He is continuously encouraging us and leading us into the truth of Who God is. And it’s not just head knowledge, it’s a personal experience of God’s presence that we feel and receive in our spirits. Every time we spend time in God’s Word, or spend time in His presence through worship and prayer, the louder we hear His Spirit communicating with us. When we respond to what He is teaching us, the flow of revelation truth gets stronger and more dominant, until it overrides our limited, natural way of thinking.
That’s how our faith in God grows! That’s how we are able to believe and trust Him for all things in this life.
In her book, The Simplicity of Healing, Dr. Sandra Kennedy makes the statement that “we cannot rise above our belief about God.” When we yield to the Holy Spirit, knowing and trusting that He is constantly doing His powerful work inside us - revealing the truth of Who God is - our trust in God grows. As our trust in God grows, we are able to believe His Word and promises concerning us too, and once on that journey, there is no limit to what He will do in and through our lives!
So, let’s not hesitate, but jump right into spending time with the Holy Spirit in prayer and His Word, with the simple trust we did at the point of our salvation. We will never look back when the power of the Holy Spirit is turned up in our lives. God’s power will become dominant over every area of our natural lives and supernatural living will become our natural way of life!