Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.
—John 14:1 (NLT)
Fear dominates the minds of many believers. They know the Word says they can have peace, but peace is elusive. They try to find peace in their circumstances instead of trusting in God. Jesus gave us peace when he gave his life for us (John 14:27). Even though Jesus prayed for God’s will to be on earth as it was in heaven (Luke 11:2), He didn’t mean that our circumstances would always be perfect in this world. He meant that His peace within us could be perfect. His peace was never meant to be the peace we find when our circumstances are perfect. No, His peace is real within us when things around us make no sense.
The night before His crucifixion, 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. 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” (John 14:9-10).
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 will 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 have because He paid with His life for you to have it—you have peace no matter what happens around you. 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 firmly believe 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 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 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 (Philippians 4:6-7).
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 (2 Corinthians 5:17), you have the security of your relationship with the Father. Jesus has given you His Father as your very own. Jesus is in the Father, and the Father is in you (John 17:20-21). He has given you abundant life (John 10:10). That abundant life comes from knowing who you are in Christ and not allowing your circumstances to determine who you are. Trust comes from knowing who you are in God’s love—from believing without a doubt that Christ has overcome. 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 it by faith. So don’t let your heart be troubled. Trust in God. Trust in Jesus. Trust the Holy Spirit within you. Fear has no power in your life when you know who you are in Christ.
“God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7).
© 2022 Lynn Lacher
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