{Wordfilled Wednesday} Steadily. Unswervingly. Extravagantly.

…trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly…

1 Corinthians 13:13 MSG

Trust steadily in God.

Isn’t it so hard to trust in God! We simply don’t understand what He is doing most of the time, and our flesh-nature desires to not only know but to also be in control.  Trusting in God requires letting go of the control as well as the know.  And to trust God steadily requires a daily discipline of laying down our lives down at the foot of the cross, as we are prompted by the Holy Spirit, and respond humbly to His voice.  It is not an easy process, friends, but it is a call worth answering.

What can you do today to walk steadily in trusting God?

Hope unswervingly.

First, we’re urged to be steady in our trusting of God.  Then we’re called to hope unswervingly.  Without wiggling, wrestling, or wrenching.  Can we even do this?  Yes. We can.  As we learn to trust in who God is and not necessarily in what He does, our hope is shifted from our circumstances and finds rest in our Risen Savior.  In Him, we hope unswervingly, without moving off course, in spite of life’s distractions.  Again, apart from the power of God at work in us through the Holy Spirit, we can’t ever expect to live with unswerving hope.  But in Christ, His power is at work in us, moving and enabling us to live in hope.

How can you move forward today in hoping in God instead of an outcome?

Love extravagantly.

Image the joy of a being an extravagant love vessel.   To love others more than they ever expected to be loved.  To surprise the unlovable with a love they think is undeserved. Yes, we can love extravagantly, because we’ve been loved extravagantly.  When we know the Father’s love through His Son’s obedience on the cross, we can offer a taste of that love to others.  This love in us will overflow even more profoundly as we steady our hearts and minds in trusting God and allow the Holy Spirit to direct our course in hoping unswervingly in Him. Wouldn’t you like to pour out this type of love on others today?

What is the next step you need to take to know extravagant love and share it with those God has placed in your life?

First comes steady trust.  Then comes unswerving hope.  Finally comes extravagant love. 

Thank you for joining me in my Living Intentionally journey as I seek God’s perspective for my life. 

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Elisa Pulliam

Elisa is a trained biblical life coach, mentor, and speaker passionate about equipping women to experience authentic life change for the sake impacting the next generation. She leads More to Be, a ministry committed to raising up mentors and providing resources for tweens, teens, twenty-somethings, and women. Elisa is also the author of Impact My LIfe: Biblical Mentoring Simplified. She considers her first calling as wife to Stephen and mother to her house-full of children. Her favorite days begin on the porch with the Lord and end on the beach with her family and friends. Connect with Elisa at www.elisapulliam.com

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5 Comments

  1. I love this.

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  2. And this can only be done through the power of the Holy Spirit. It takes something beyond us to live it out. Thanks for the devotion this morning.

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  3. I can’t tell you how perfect this devotional was for me this morning. It is so hard to truly trust in God and know He has a plan for everything. His word promises we can place our hope and trust in Him, and He will never fail us. Thank you for these encouraging words!

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  4. Absolutely LOVE the single-mindedness of this message.
    Thank you for it!
    Blessings,
    Felecia
    PS: altho’ in my head I’m hearing a past president … stay the course! 🙂

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  5. I really appreciate the easy to understand definations. I am currently seeking reasurrance regarding life's decisions in my engagement life.

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