Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled
By Mylyn and Ben Basa
Jesus said, I am the way, the truth, and the life, No one comes to the Father but by Me. - John 14:6
This passage in John 14 happened in that time when Jesus knew that His disciples were troubled at the thought of His departure. Jesus was already heading very close to the road of Calvary, the CROSS, which means His death. So in this chapter, Jesus reassured His disciples by giving His peace and teaching them about the Holy Spirit who would help them.
In John 14 verses 25 to 27, Jesus said:
“These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."
The night before Jesus died, He gave His peace to His disciples—“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you…” This peace was not just for His disciples, but also for us today. We have His peace.
My dear brothers and sisters, The moment you believe in Jesus Christ, He who is the Prince of Peace comes to live inside you. And when the Prince of Peace resides in you, every blessing that you will ever need pertaining to your soundness and wholeness is already inside you.
God lives inside of us through His Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the warm, friendly voice on the inside that lifts you up and cheers you on when you are discouraged and downcast. That’s why Jesus described Him as the Comforter or the Helper in Verse 26. He’s in you to encourage, strengthen and empower you to reign over all your trials and weaknesses.
“BUT you may wonder and ask if this is true, then why do I still see problems in my health, finances, family and relationships?”
The answer is found in Verse 27, a troubled heart. That is why after Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you,” He said, “Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
Imagine God’s ever-present supply of blessings toward you is like the water flowing freely from the water tap to the end of the hose. A troubled and fearful heart works like fingers that clamp down hard on a water hose. The supply of water is flowing from the tap, but little or nothing is coming out at the other end of the hose. You don’t see the blessings when you allow your heart to be gripped by worry or fear.
So when fearful, anxious thoughts come, remind yourself of Jesus’ words: “Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” Even when things appear to get worse, say, “Lord, I refuse to worry about this. In the midst of all this, I see the finished work of Christ. He said, ‘It is finished!’ You have overcome this pandemic, you have overcome this depression, my family’s health and well-being have been accomplished. My marriage is blessed. My debts are cleared. I will let not my heart be troubled by these things.”
So brethren, guard your heart from being troubled. You don’t have to guard your career, reputation, children or even health. When you guard your heart, God will guard everything else for you!
Today, I want you to list out everything you are worrying about – health, finances, family, job, and so on. Leave them at the feet of the Cross where Jesus has conquered all things for you. And begin to thank Him that He is looking out for you and your family.
God bless you church!