Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.
The night in the Upper Room the disciples were fearful about Jesus leaving them. Jesus 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?” He asked them. “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 asks us the same question. Has Jesus been with you all this time and you still haven’t known Him? Have you focused on the issues of life instead of learning who Christ is within your heart? When we go through the insecurity of this natural life with fear instead of Jesus, we haven’t really known Him.
The Holy Spirit tells us the same thing Jesus told the disciples. 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 spiritual understanding in your heart of who you are in Christ—when you believe Jesus is in you and you are in Him, your perspective changes about life. You have peace no matter what happens When you genuinely believe His truth, you trust Him.
Trust is the “firm belief in the reliability, truth, or ability of someone or something” (www.dictionary.com). When you believe firmly and without a doubt in God’s love for you, you believe He is reliable. You believe He has the ability to take care of you, and you believe He will take care of you. Believing God’s Word as truth without needing any proof changes your perception of life from one of insecurity to trust. You believe Him in your heart. You don’t need to see to believe.
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 to learn the truths of the new person your Savior has created in you. Each and everyday day, you choose to deny the fears where you have placed your trust. When you submit the things that worry you to God, you let go of them (Philippians 4:6). And when you submit to God, you resist the enemy who creates 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). When you think only on good things and continually renew your mind with the truth of God’s goodness, you spiritually plant His truth in your heart (Philippians 4:8, Romans 12:2).
Don’t let your heart be troubled. Don’t worry about today or tomorrow (Matthew 6:25). When you believe in the new life Jesus has created in you, the blessings of God spring up from His new life in you. He is alive in every cell. He is alive in every thought—conscious or unconscious. As He is so are you in this world (1 John 4:17). Jesus is in the Father, and the Father is in you (John 17:21). The abundant life of the Father is within you. He is yours (John 10:10).
Trust comes from knowing who you are in Christ—from believing that your Father, through the finished work of Jesus, 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 His truth 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).
© 2023 Lynn Lacher