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Exodus 15:2 ” The Lord is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation; He is my God, and I will praise Him; My father’s God, and I will exalt Him.”

Something happens to us as we learn to trust the Lord.  Our reliance on our-self diminishes as our dependence on Him increases.   Our old self, with all its baggage, slowly falls away as we learn to trust and have confidence in Him and His plan for our life.  And as we’re changed from the inside out, true joy, happiness, and hope fill us to overflowing…and we too can then join in this song of praise from Moses and Miriam.

Job 11: 13-15 ” Yet if you devote your heart to Him and stretch out your hands to Him, if you put away sin that is in your heart and allow no evil to dwell in your tent, then you will lift up your face without shame; you will stand firm and without fear.”

These verses can give us great insight into what it takes to combat doubt and fear in our lives.  The first part gives us clear directions as to what our responsibilities are.  We are to be steadfast trusting in the Lord at all times…calling on Him first, and not as an afterthought.  We are to turn our back on our old sinful ways, but even more importantly, it says  we are to not tolerate or enable sin to remain in our house.  This is called compromise, and unfortunately many a Christian household has crumbled when questionable moral concessions have been made.  As we work on our responsibilities, we can as Job 22:26 says,  ” Find delight in the Almighty and lift up our face to God.” For when there is no longer the guilt and shame of sin weighting us down, we can lift up our head and look straight into the eyes of Jesus with a clear conscience…free of self-doubt and fear.

Exodus 14:10 ” As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the Lord.”

I’m quick to say, “I trust in the Lord!”  I really have no qualm about putting my faith in Him…it’s just myself I can’t trust.  For I believe I know what I can’t do…but am I really trusting in the Lord then?  That’s because every time I say to myself, “I can’t do that.”  I’m denying and discounting what the Lord can do through me.   Now I know I can’t save myself…I can only depend upon God for deliverance.  So then I need to take that same trusting dependence and apply it to my “I can’t do that.” statements.  For the bottom line is, my dependence can never be on myself, but on God alone.

Isaiah 12:2 ” Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord, is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation.”

The next time you’re trembling with fear and unable to understand the whys of what’s happening in your life…focus your mind on this.  God is omnipotent…having all authority.  He is omnipresent…having all presence.  He is omniscient…having all understanding.  Who better  to place your trust in?  For our hope can only come from God when our heart is steadfast and secure in Him.

Psalm 20:7 ” Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.”

In II Chronicles 32, the king of Assyria had invaded Judah and laid siege…empowered by his massive army of horses, chariots, and soldiers.  However, King Hezekiah stood his ground and encouraged the people by saying, “Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the King of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him.” (II Chronicles 32:7)    So anytime when our circumstances look overwhelming… we need to remember that we too have that greater power with us.

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.

Genesis 19: 24-26 ” Then the Lord rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah- from the Lord out of the heavens. Thus He overthrew those cities and the entire plain, including all those living in the cities – and also the vegetation in the land. But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.”

Angels of the Lord had warned Lot and his family of the impending destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah… and to flee and not look back.  But even with the warning…Lot’s wife still turned back towards what once had been her life and lost it.  Jesus also reminds us of this in Luke 17:32, when He told His disciples, “Don’t go back.”  So why are we so prone to do exactly what the Lord tells us not to?  When our fear of the unknown outweighs our faith in God…we go back.  And when anxiety supersedes what we know in our heart to be true, our mind goes back to familiar coping mechanisms…allowing fear to crowd out our confidence in God.