A troubled heart is very often accompanied by a confused mind. When our emotions and our feelings are unsettled, our minds join the party and go in many different directions. Overthinking is a side effect of a troubled heart. The other day when I was praying in the morning, the Lord told me quietly not to let my heart be troubled. For the first time in a very long time, I was having some unsettling thoughts and feelings and I knew I had to do something about it. The Lord Himself through His amazing Spirit reminded me that I should not let my heart be troubled and that was enough for me to take it seriously. In other words I had to confront the feelings and make sure my mind and heart were settled again. When Jesus said “Do not let your hearts be troubled”, He also said to trust in God and to trust in Him. A troubled heart is a heart that does not fully trust in God. It is a heart that has been shaken by circumstances and that has stepped away from faith or that doesn’t have faith. A believer and an unbeliever can both have troubled hearts. Before I fully accepted the Lord, my heart was troubled all the time. Peace was a far destination that appeared to be unreachable. I had glimpses of it but I never experienced it. When our heart is troubled, like I said earlier, our minds are tormented by confusion and chaotic thoughts. The Lord encourages us to renew our minds. The process of renewing our minds allows us to line up with the truth of the Word of God and we can stay in faith. My encouragement to you today is a reinforcement of what the Lord said. He understands the importance of not letting our hearts be troubled and He gives us the ability to prevent that situation from invading our lives.
A heart totally surrendered to the Lord does not get troubled easily. When we give our hearts to the Lord, there isn’t much space for the enemy to camp thre and occupy our hearts. Our hearts are like camping sites with tents and we have to make sure that the main tent, the biggest tent, is the Lord’s. His Word makes a great cover for our tents. It covers all topics in life and all situations. I take the Word with me wherever I go and I let it fill my heart. How? Through prayers and meditation. Meditative prayer is very powerful. It locks things in our hearts. It gives God a big spot in our hearts and it gives Him the room that is needed. If there isn’t enough room for the Lord, that is when the problem can occur. By problem I mean that is when our minds can be overtaken by negative thoughts and we don’t have enough resistance. The Word in us forms a resistance against the lies of the enemy and against the emotions and feelings that drive us crazy. I want to obstruct my heart with the Word of God so nothing else can get in. I want to have a permanent barrier of the Word of God. The idea is to have a fence around our hearts. A fence of protection is necessary. That fence should have several elements in it. The Word should be part of it and we should add a few other things that will impact us and keep us in the peace of the Lord.
Our hearts should not be troubled because we have the Lord who is the way and the truth and the life. He is going to make a beautiful way for us. He is going to give us the life that transforms our lives. He is the truth and no one can argue against His authority, His power and His love. When our hearts are focused on Him, they are focused on the way, the truth and the life. They are focused on the One who is the way to the Father and the way to deliverance, peace, joy, freedom and more. Our hearts are focused on the truth and the truth will set us free. Our hearts are focused on “the life.” There is a new life in the Lord. A life with an abundance of God. A life where we know that no matter what happens, God has the final say. I pray that every time your heart gets overwhelmed, you put up the fence. It might have fallen but it is there so pick it up. Your fence should be made of the Word of God, of prayers and praise. Those elements can cure the most troubled hearts. Use them extensively. Let that fence be present all the time. Do not let your heart be troubled but trust in God! He will see you through all the time.
Suggested reading: Isaiah 26:3; John 14:1; John 14:6