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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.

Jeremiah 8:15 ” We hoped for peace but no good has come, for a time of healing but there was only terror.”

In all our lives we will go through darkness…not the kind caused by sin or disobedience…but darkness that comes out of fear and confusion in this broken world.  But while we are crouched down in the Valley of Despair,  we need to listen…for the Lord will be speaking life-bringing truths into our soul.  Precious truths of encouragement, and exhortation that will sustain us during illness, pain, and loss.   Isaiah 50:10 tells us, ” Let him who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the name of the Lord and rely on his God.”

Psalm 9:9-10 ” The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know Your name will trust in You, for You, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek You.”

Deuteronomy 33:27 goes on to assure us that, “The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.”  The Lord should be the very first one to turn to in times of pain and suffering, and prayer should be our first action, not an afterthought.  For there is a place of security and a sense of peace amid any turmoil…it’s found only beneath the loving and everlasting arms of Jesus.

Psalm 60:11 ” Give us aid against the enemy, for the help of man is worthless.”

Psalm 146:3 puts it another way, “Don’t put your trust in mortal men who cannot save.”  Anytime we put more confidence in another human being rather than God…we’re headed for trouble.  For no matter how powerful, charismatic, or appealing someone is…they’re still a mortal being…full of a fallen nature just like us.   So we need to be very careful not to get sucked into worshiping man… and not God.  For no man can offer us deliverance from sin and eternal salvation.  Only God can do that through His Son Jesus Christ.

John 11:26 ” Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?’ “

The Lord is asking you this same question today…”Do you believe this?” Do you believe that Jesus Christ is the only way to be saved?  Do you believe that He died for your sins that you may have eternal life?    Maybe you’ve never been confronted to make a decision for Jesus…or maybe you’ve been resisting the wooing of the Holy Spirit.  Either way, believing is a commitment of mind, body and spirit.  It’s the start of an intimate spiritual journey of faith, trust, and obedience.  The Lord is asking you today, “Do you believe?”

II Kings 17:14-15 ” But they would not listen and were stiff-necked as their fathers, who did not trust in the Lord their God. They rejected His decrees and the covenant He had made with their fathers and the warnings He had given them. They followed worthless idols and themselves became worthless.”

Stiff-necked is a great word picture.  It comes from oxen resisting the yoke placed on them by the farmer.  And when we turn away from God and His Word…we’re essentially doing the same thing.  We stubbornly think God’s yoke is too difficult to bear and so in rebellion we throw off the yoke of obedience.  But it warns us in Galatians 5:1, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.  Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”  For we become totally deceived  when we think that the yoke of sin is easy to escape out of…for in reality, the bondage of its yoke is far heavier and  more difficult to carry.

II Chronicles 15:2 ” The Lord is with you when you are with Him. If you seek Him, He will be found by you, but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.”

James 4:8 tells us to, “Come near to God and He will come near to you.”  What does “coming near to God” look like though?  It starts with communing or fellowshiping with our Heavenly Father…and that means getting to know Him.  It’s similar to when you first started dating your spouse…you talked together endless hours, getting to know each other.  God wants us to know Him…and He wants us to trust Him.  But we have to know Him before we can trust Him…and that means reading His Word and praying.  God assures us that if we seek Him, we will find Him…for He’s longingly waiting for that opportunity to be known by us.