Michelle Onuorah is an author, speaker, and founder of the Center for Prophetic Listening™.
What does it mean to have your faith hinged? God dropped into her spirit during quiet time and brought me back to her past when she was fully independent as an adult and her life was interrupted when she lost her income, car was dying, and was going to lose her house. Her family was on the East Coast, and she was face down on the floor, sobbing. God showed her that her faith was not hinged entirely to Him. Consider your faith like a door, and if it is hinged to anything other than God, He will make it so it is hinged in Him. It brought her to question what she really thinks about God. Is He really good? Will He really provide?
Hinging your faith in the Lord is to be rooted so firmly in Him that nothing else is rocking it. It’s faith in God and God alone. Not God plus: God + finances, God + workouts, God + things working out how we see fit instead of His ways. Our only source of security should be Him.
An element of my faith is to comfort. Truthfully, I have several, but comfort is a huge one in this season.
When your faith is unhinged, you look unhinged to others! So many tabs are always open in my mind. After therapy, I found myself tempted to not face what I’m learning about myself and simply coast through life without working on myself.
In different seasons, God will work on different hinges. Michelle’s for a season was control: controlling others, situations, outcomes, etc. She could see opportunities and problem solve, and that eventually turned into her trying to control. When God revealed it, she realized it was rooted in fear. She didn’t trust His character and His love. If God loves you, you wouldn’t be scared to let Him do things His way.
Sometimes we try to be God’s Supervisor. We expect check in’s from Him and when we don’t see performance that we want, we question Him. And in that, God will not allow you having idols for long. We have tantrums where we feel like He isn’t taking care of us, and is gentle with us in letting us know He has it.
If your view of His love is contingent on what He does and how He does, it’s hinged in other areas. Sometimes we see God open a door and say, “God loves me!” and when He closes one we feel he doesn’t. No longer playing the “He loves me, He loves me not” game is a huge part of establishing real trust.
Early in her walk, Michelle needed money for rent, and she assumed God would provide a job. Instead, He provided by having a stranger pay for it. In that moment, she didn’t love the way God chose to provide for her because there was an element of pride there. Imagine if you tried to give your child a gift, and they said, “No!” Sometimes we are so prideful that we won’t allow others to bless us.
You can either say, “Thank you, Lord!” or block what He has for you. Be hinged onto God’s process and ready to accept all His plan. He does a refining work in His process.
Hinge your faith to Him and Him alone!
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