*Pastor’s Note: With all that is going on around us, how often do you feel utterly overwhelmed? Jesus is our Savior and Redeemer but through His Holy Spirit He is also our great comfort AND comforter. He felt the same emotions that each of us deal with and most probably in a very heightened sense. Here’s a great lesson from Sister Pat over at Beholding Him Ministries addressing this very exact situation we all face. God Bless!
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“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.” John 14:1
Jesus and His disciples were in the Upper Room as He headed to Jerusalem. One can only imagine the emotions that were in the room but certainly Jesus knew that these men were confused, uncertain, and fearful. Among the words He shared was “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid (John 14:27).”
Jesus did not ignore that all these emotions were churning in the hearts and minds of His closest friends and followers. He did not allow them to ignore the churning either. Jesus met the issue head on and instructed His disciples to face them…”LET NOT.” The instruction lets us know that the disciples had the power to control them. Jesus was not saying to avoid the hurt, deny the pain, ignore the fear but to “LET NOT” these emotions control you, you control the emotions. I have given you the power.
We look back at John 14:1, “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.” Take control of your confusion, uncertainty, and fear by believing what God has said. “Let not” is a command to use the power of the Holy Spirit and God’s Word to control the emotions that desire to hold us in bondage. The Spirit living in us allows us to make different choice…control fear with faith, trust, confidence in the Word of God, and realize the peace of God.
No matter the issue that is pressing right now remember God has said, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7).”
Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to Him, for God is our refuge. Psalm 62:8
So glad and thankful that I got Jesus!
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1)”