Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.
—John 14:1 (NLT)
Fear overshadows 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 they don’t grasp the fact that their peace doesn't come from their circumstances. They don’t believe in their hearts that Christ has already overcome the problems in their world. Jesus bought 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 perfect 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 you became when you received Him by faith in your heart.
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 who you are 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 Him 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 also 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 important and relevant to you than the peace Jesus has given 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 (Philippians 4:6). And when you submit to God, you resist the enemy who tries to create fear (James 4:7) Giving God your worries and fears allows the peace of Christ to rise in your heart and mind (Philippians 4:7).
Don’t worry about today or tomorrow (Matthew 6:25). 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 the Father, and the Father is in you (John 17:21). He has given you abundant life now (John 10:10). Trust comes from knowing who you are in Christ—from believing that your Father has already taken care of your issues in life. 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. If you trusted God for your salvation, you can also trust Him for everything else. He will never leave you or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5). That is His truth you can believe and trust.
God has not given you a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). 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.
Blessed are those who have not seen but have believed (John 20:29).
© 2022 Lynn Lacher