Tommy Bates Ministries


“Let not your heart be troubled.  You believe in God, believe also in me.”  John 14:1

          You may have heard that the Bible says “Do not be afraid,” (or some version of this phrase) 365 times, equaling out to once for each day of the year.  I personally have never exhausted my energy to find whether or not this statement is accurate, but many Bible scholars have, and have found it NOT  to be true.  So what does that mean for you and me?  If we are only directed 165 times not to fear, are we to embrace anxiety for the other 200 days of the year?  “NO!”  Church, if God says something once, it should be good enough for us.  We are not told 365 times, “In this world you will have trouble…” (thank God) only once.  And it is followed up with a precious promise, “But take heart, I have overcome the world.”  We will not always experience the glorious here on earth.  There will be trouble.  But God has overcome this world.  In John 14:1, Jesus provides explicit instructions, “let NOT your ‘hearts’ be troubled.”  A troubled heart will not help a troubled situation.  Doubt, unbelief and worry are all by-products of a troubled heart and they will steal your joy.  All are weapons of the enemy who has come to “Steal, kill and destroy.”  Don’t allow a troubled heart to rob your joy today.  A troubled heart cannot honor God, nor can it ease a difficult situation.  When your heart is troubled, it steals the joy from everything around you.  There is a way out of worry and fear.  It is found in a saving relationship with Jesus Christ and His promise to you, “Come to me all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”  Take your troubles and your burdens to Jesus today and find joy and peace!

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