Just Believe – Heart Remedy
Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.John 14:1 NIV
That word ‘ALSO’ is very important – also believe in Jesus
Belief in God gives us something secure – a remedy to our troubled hearts and a way to stop allowing our hearts to be troubled
We entrust ourselves – give our troubled hearts over to trust in Jesus
To maintain good physical health requires us to eat regular nourishing meals and to exercise. To maintain good mental health also requires routine.
Three good daily habits:
1. Put your heart in His hands
The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.”Psalm 32:8 NLT
We make conscious decisions to allow God to guide us.
We make conscious decisions to entrust our heart to him.
It is not about us.
Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’Matther 22:37-29
Put your heart in his hands – entrust your heart, your, mind, will and emotions to him
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.Proverbs 4:23
Putting our heart in God’s hands, allowing him to guide us will help guard our hearts.
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.Matthew 6:21
If you value God enough you will put your heart in God’s hands.
Routine daily handing our hearts over to God means he can guard and guide them.
2. Feed Your Mind
What do you fill your mind with? What are you feeding it? Is it things that will draw you closer to God or push you away from God? Are you feeding your mind with things that will strengthen your belief or cause you to feel troubled?
Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.Romans 21:2
God has the capacity to transform us and to change the way we think.
We have to choose to engage with God to transform us.
Abraham believed in the God who brings the dead back to life and who creates new things out of nothing.Romans 4:17b
If God can create new things out of nothing he can transform our minds.
But we have to choose to fill our minds with his thoughts.
My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.Isaiah 55:8
We find out how he thinks from the Bible.
Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honourable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.Philippians 4:8
Focus our thoughts on good things.
FIX is intentional and has an almost sense of permanence.
Purposefully choose to fix our thoughts on positive things
3. Create ‘sacred space’
What consciously brings you into the presence of God? This is what we might call your sacred space.
Acknowledging who God is – worshipping him for who he is – brings us into his presence.
Taking ourselves aside and choosing to consciously enter into God’s presence by acknowledging who he is a healthy daily habit.
With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the Lord:
“He is good; his love to Israel endures for ever.”
And all the people gave a great shout of praise to the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid. But many of the older priests and Levites and family heads, who had seen the former temple, wept aloud when they saw the foundation of this temple being laid, while many others shouted for joy. No one could distinguish the sound of the shouts of joy from the sound of weeping, because the people made so much noise. And the sound was heard far awayEzra 3:11-13
God doesn’t mind the mix of emotions in our worship of him.
A bruised reed he will not break, and a smouldering wick he will not snuff out, till he has brought justice through to victory.Matthew 12:20
He accepts us as we are.
The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.Psalm 51:17
He does not reject and broken or repentant heart. Even if we feel unworthy, we can still come into the presence of God. He welcomes us.
Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of you presence, O Lord.Psalm 89:15
The word ‘acclaim’ is referring to the ability to praise God, whatever.
Festal shout is an archaic word relating to a celebration or festival.
‘Teruah’ means triumphant
Hebrew word ‘Teruah’ for ‘Triumphant’ has a homonym that means ‘brokenness’.
A sacred space is one in which the triumphant shout of praise is heard alongside a mix of emotions.
What is your sacred space? Time set aside daily.
Jesus invites us:
Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.Revelation 3:20
This invitation could be to daily and regular meals together with Jesus – in a sense. Just as we regularly eat food that nourishes us throughout the day, so we can develop healthy habits in our day that will nourish our hearts and minds.
Good daily habits:
- Put your heart in His hands
- Feed your Mind
- Create ‘sacred space’
These habits will help to strengthen our belief in God and Jesus and protect our hearts so that they will not be so troubled. John 14:1