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Freedom from fear and doubt

A Commentary by Constance Vanides

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths." (Proverbs 3:5,6)

Something always comes up. Just when I think life is moving along smoothly, then, Bang! Something or someone shows up to throw a monkey wrench into things.

It manages to bring fear and doubt into my mind. Eventually, I remember to get my alignment straight and reach for the word of God again.

The verses quoted above are two of the very few I've been able to memorize by heart, probably because the words are to the tune of a contemporary Christian song.

I've taken the understanding of "trust" into my heart many times.

Most recently, "thumbs up" became my rallying sign for "trust" as the Lord brought me through a life-threatening surgical procedure. Along with the prayers of the faithful, our pastor friend reminded me strongly, "Don't doubt! Don't doubt!" And to emphasize his exclamation he held up his thumb, repeating, "Don't doubt! Don't doubt" What better way to express trusting in the Lord? It was "thumbs up" time, indeed! And God was faithful.

There have been many instances where I've had to rely on God's word for my life. Even as I type, I again find a need to put that trust, this time for other matters, not solely in what I can do, but in the One in whom all things are possible.

So important is this business of trusting in the Lord, that He Himself gave me at least 18 messages with a strong emphasis on trust.

What about you? Are you trusting the Lord today for your specific need?

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