I know whom I believe (Part 1)

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.” John 14:1 NKJV

Dear Heavenly Father – Thank you Lord for your grace which you have continually wrapped me in. Thank for your faithfulness and love. Please open our eyes to see your works and our ears to hear from you. Wake us up, and please open our understanding. Help us understand your plans for us! In the name of Jesus – Amen

I have been having a few trying days.  To make a joke: maybe I should stop trying? Ok, ok… that is not funny – maybe it kinda is?? I liked it. Anyway… 

“For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” Matthew 7:8 NKJV
The Word of God says it, I believe it and that settles it.  If I seek God, I find Him – He reveals Himself and draws close to us. I have sought Him throughout this week and found Him. I attend church (online) still expecting to encounter God and I find Him – Hallelujah!  This is a solid spiritual principle, and if you do not already practice it – let me challenge you to do so.

I watched my church’s mid-week service last night and I said to God – OK Lord, I have come to hear from you – expecting a word specifically for me. I seek you and expect to find you.  And true to His nature he did not disappoint. God is always faithful – praise the Lord! So, always pray before a service or a Bible study (or even reading things like this online. Pray that you will hear from God.  But do it with an expectant heart. Expect to hear from God. I promise you, if you are sensitive to the Spirit, you will encounter God.  And practice this especially before reading this blog – I am human and fallible – but God told me to share my studies and testimony. God said HE wanted to use it. So if you are reading He has something for you.  It may not be the main point I and studying or sharing – but there is something HE wants to share with you.

Pastor opened the mid-week service sermon with the above verse: “Let not your heart be troubled”. I suppose my week was actually more troublesome than it was trying (but if I said from the beginning, I would have missed out on the opportunity to tell that terrible joke!) I knew that God was immediately showing me He loves me, He is aware of these troubles, and He is working on them.

In a red-letter bible, these words have red letters – these are the words of Jesus.  Jesus said to the disciples and to the people he was speaking to – not to let their hearts be troubled.  And Jesus says now, today, that we should not let our hearts be troubled.  With all the new pandemic rules, and the spirit of fear wandering over the world – Don’t be troubled.  With the problems we find ourselves in through temptation and losing battled against our minds – DON’T BE TROUBLED.  With all these things and the spiritual battle that rages – DO NOT BE TROUBLED.  And when exhausted from the daily grind and depleted of self and love – know, I love you and this is why I am diligent in this – know that Jesus loves you and that is why He died and rose – know that God the Father loves you and this is why He has me share, and Has been reaching out to you from ever place He can – and now He is saying seek me!!! Seek me and expect me – I am right here! I am ready and able! DO not let your heart be troubled!

My pastor could have stayed on this verse all night! (But he didn’t – he had a different message. But this was definitely for me and worth staying thoughtful on.)  

If Matthew 7:8 (above) confirming that God is near, and hears us, and answers us, and opens doors making a way for us… If all this isn’t enough to ease our troubles and if Jesus telling us not to be troubled isn’t enough to ease our troubles, then let’s flip around the Bible – He shows plenty of reasons to not be troubled.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Philippians 4:6 ESV
Why? Because He wants to ease our troubles – He wants to bless us – He wants to be glorified in our lives.  Why?

As we discussed last week, it is because of how He views us and not how we view ourselves: I am a child of God! I am a temple of the Holy Spirit. I am a new creature. I am redeemed! I am all that He says I am!

And when we look at the second half of the verse – All I have to do is believe in Jesus! I am so glad I already do believe. Believe and get to know Him. Know whom you believe.

“For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.” 2 Timothy 1:12 NKJV

As much as there have been troubles, let me give a praise report as to God’s steadiness in my life through this. He is so good.  He has spoken loudly and clearly to me, guiding me through this week.

“And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone.” Mark 10:18 ESV
Therefore I know my God is Good!!!!  If only God is good – then be experiencing good this week in the midst of my troubles, I know Jesus IS interceding on my behalf, I know I am redeemed and God is my Father, and I know my Father loves me and is with me. I know in whom I believe.

“Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: “I am the first and I am the last; besides me there is no god.” Isaiah 44:6 NKJV
I know my God – He is the first and last. I know my redeemer – the plan of God and the actions of Jesus and the work of the cross has redeemed me.  This verse refers to God the Father (King of Israel), and Jesus (our Redeemer).  I know in whom I believe.

“I love you, Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” Psalm 18:1-2 NIV
I know my strength, my rock, my fortress, my deliverer, my refuse, my shield, my salvation, my stronghold! This verse also refers to both the works of the Father and works of the Son.  I know in whom I believe.

And back to “you believe in God, believe also in Me.” John 14:1a NKJV
Although we can see the workings and existence of Jesus in the old testament – we are reminded to believe in Him. This grace giving faith is essential for overcoming and living in victory because HE has the keys to heaven and hell and HE has the authority wherein is our victory.

“And the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades.” Revelation 1:18 ESV

If you don’t already, and today you would like to have a relationship with a God who can communicate with you and be part of your life (and protect you) – one who is full of mighty power and tender love, then please know that I have put the “A, B, C’s of Salvation” in my introduction. Please click here to follow the link.**

Thank you for reading ~ Grace be with you
Be healthy and blessed ~ I love you and love one another
Watch and Pray ~ Seek God & keep your eyes on Jesus!

Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!

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