Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.
—John 14:1 (NLT)
Fear dominates the thoughts of many believers. When life throws them a curve, peace cannot be found. They know the Word says they should have peace but do not grasp that their peace does not come from their circumstances. They don’t believe in their hearts that Christ has overcome the problems in their world. Jesus brought perfect peace for us at Calvary. Even though Jesus prayed for life to be on earth as it was in heaven, He didn’t mean that our circumstances would always be great on earth. He meant that the peace within us would be perfect. His peace was never meant to be the peace that we find when our circumstances are perfect. No, His peace is real within you when things around you make no sense. His peace rises from the new person He created you to be.
The disciples were fearful about Jesus leaving them. He wanted them to know that they would be with Him again and not to be troubled or fearful. “Trust in God and trust in me,” He told them. That night in the Upper Room Jesus was amazed when he was asked to show them the Father. “Have I been with you all this time and still you do not know me? I am in the Father and the Father is in me.” Insecurity had filled the disciples with fear, and Jesus was telling them to trust in Him instead of what they would experience. If they really KNEW Him, they would trust Him. The Holy Spirit tells us the same thing. If we really KNOW Christ, we would trust Him. We don’t have to experience the insecurity of the world around us when we KNOW the security of God within us. When you have a revelation of what you have in Christ—what you own because He paid with His life for you to own it—you have peace no matter what happens around you. When you genuinely believe in your heart, you trust Him.
Trust is "the acceptance of the truth of a statement without evidence or investigation” (www.lexico.com). Accepting God’s Word as Truth without needing proof, changes your perception of life from one of insecurity to trust. You don’t need to see to believe. Trust is the “firm belief in the reliability, truth, or ability of someone or something” (www.lexico.com). When you believe firmly and without a doubt in God's Truth and His reliability, you trust Him.
If you have fears that keep you from trusting God, then those fears are more relevant to you than the peace Jesus has given you. They are more important to you than the peace of God within you. Trust begins as a decision. You choose to give up the fears where you have placed your trust. When you submit the things that bother and worry you to God, you let go of them. And when you submit to God, you resist the enemy who tries to create fear. Giving God your worries and fears allows the peace of Christ to rise in your heart and mind. If you trusted God by faith for your salvation, why can’t you now trust Him for everything else? He will never leave you or forsake you. That is His Truth you can believe and trust.
Don’t worry about today or tomorrow. When you believe in the Truth of the new life Jesus has given you, you are free to trust Him! Jesus has given you His Father as your very own. Jesus is in Father, and the Father is in you. He has given you abundant life now. Trust comes from KNOWING who you are in the Grace of Christ—from believing without a doubt that your Father will never let you go. There is no need to fear circumstances or anything in this world. Trust begins as a decision to accept what God promises in His Word as Truth for YOUR life, and the Holy Spirit empowers you to believe by faith.
So don’t let your heart be troubled. Trust in God. Trust in Jesus. Trust the Holy Spirit within you. When you know who you are in Christ, fear has no power in your life.
“God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7).
©2021 Lynn Lacher