Get Out of Your Head: Find Hope in Jesus

Do you ever “get in your own head”? You know those moments when circumstances begin to define your thinking. You begin to believe in yourself…instead of Truth.

Please tell me I’m not the only one.

Last year, I went through a season where I was pretty stuck “in my head.” I convinced myself…

…those around me didn’t really have my best interest at heart.

…my work didn’t really matter or make a difference.

…only I had the ability to get myself out of the crazy that was going on around me.

I wouldn’t go as far as to say I was “hopeless,” but I certainly wasn’t putting my hope in the right place.

As my hope was misplaced, my perspective was skewed. 

Instead of hope in God’s sovereignty, my perspective told me that I was in control of my circumstances.

Instead of hope in the Lord’s plan, my perspective told me that my hard work would ensure a specific outcome. (Check out this blog post on that faulty thinking.)

The more my perspective focused on me and my efforts, the more my focus fell off of Jesus. 

But Jesus

I love the account in Mark, where a dad’s circumstances seemed impossible, but this dad kept his focus on Jesus.

While He was still speaking, people came from the house of the synagogue official, saying, “Your daughter has died; why bother the Teacher further?” But Jesus…

Mark 5:35-36a, NASB

Two little words changed everything for this dad.

This dad had lost his little girl. He didn’t know where to turn, and he couldn’t fix it. Instead of letting his circumstances dictate his perspective, he sought out the only hope he had. While others may have thought he was crazy or too late, this dad knew. But Jesus…

Only Believe

In the middle of a hard situation, this dad’s belief and hope brought him to the one who could do what he could not do. 

But Jesus, overhearing what was being spoken, said to the synagogue official, “Do not be afraid, only believe.”

Mark 5:36, NASB

I believe that is the secret sauce in life, and I love how simple it is. When life gets hard, when I am afraid, when my thoughts derail me and my circumstances overwhelm me, I don’t have to be afraid. Only believe.

I know Jesus. I love Him with my whole heart. But, if I am truly honest, there are days my belief wanes.

In the past year, I’ve found myself in some situations where the words shared about me were untrue. Goodnes, can untruths escalate. Sometimes we can’t defend ourselves. 

Sometimes we are powerless, just like the dad in Mark 5. 

Do not be anxious about how you should defend yourself or what you should say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.

Luke 12:11b-12, ESV

I love these words from Jesus. As he is talking to his disciples about acknowledging Christ before man, he tells them basically the same thing he said to the dad in Mark: “don’t be afraid, believe.”

Believe God’s Word.

Believe in the Power of the Holy Spirit.

Believe that Jesus is actively working, today.

The next time I “get in my head,” I need someone to look at me and remind me “But Jesus…Only believe.”

Friend, as you read these words today, where are you finding yourself struggling? Where do you need to surrender and remember “but Jesus”? Where do you need to “only believe”?

Let’s remember that regardless of our circumstances, our holy God remains sovereign. He remains in control. His plans remain good. 

“But Jesus…only believe…”

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