Tag Archive | Do not let your hearts be troubled

II Corinthians 4:16-17 ” Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.”

The apostle Paul who wrote this is probably one of the best examples of someone who looked beyond discouragement and refused to give in to despair.  For here Paul calls the overwhelming mental, physical, and spiritual distress he has endured as “light and momentary troubles.”  But how could he do this?  The answer is simple…he was allowing the Lord to renew and restore his mind daily…or as Colossians 3:10 tells us, “Put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.”  When we become discouraged, fearful, or overcome with the current troubles in the world today, we need to be reminded that as we go through all these hardships, they are achieving for us righteousness and eternal glory for His namesake.  Therefore, we do not lose heart.

I John 3:20 ” For God is greater than our hearts, and He knows everything.”

In I Corinthians 4:5 it tells us that God will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men’s hearts.  The life of our heart is a hidden life…or so we think.  But God knows all, sees all, understands all, and will forgive all if asked.  And in doing so we’ll be given a new heart…exchanging our heart of stone for a heart of flesh.

Psalm 4:1 ” Answer me when I call to You, O my righteous God. Give me relief from distress; be merciful to me and hear my prayer.”

Distress comes in many different forms, and no one is immune to worry.  But it’s how we approach difficulties and troubles that can make the difference between barely wallowing through them, and coming out the other side better not bitter.  This Psalm gives us a blueprint or a road-map, if you will, when it comes to offering our supplication before the Lord.  First we need to realize that when we cry out to God, He actually hears us.  He’s not some far off entity… aloof and distant.  Rather, God longs to hear our prayers and work in and through the troubles we’re going through.  Next, He’s a just God full of kindness…He knows what we’re going through and wants to help.  Finally, He’s a listening God.  For when there’s no one else you can confide in…He’s always there.

John 14:1 ” Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in Me.”

Later in this same Chapter, Jesus repeats these words again, “Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)  In both verses Jesus is telling us that we have control over doubt, fear, and confusion…”Do not allow (or permit)  your hearts (or minds) to be troubled. (confused and/or terrified) ” He wouldn’t be telling us to do something if it wasn’t possible for us to achieve it.  Now stop and read that last sentence again please!  Jesus is telling us that we all have the direct influence within us to rein in and exercise restraint over fear…but it’s contingent on our trust in Him.  In other words, a troubled heart is an unbelieving  heart.  So our success over doubt and fear lies largely in how we  build our faith in God.  And this confidence in Him only comes by reading the Bible and praying daily…for you can never fully trust a stranger.