Do not let your heart be troubled!
Reading: John 14
As we learnt yesterday, we arrived at the moments where Jesus and His disciples are eating the last supper together. Throughout the next three chapters, starting with today’s, Jesus begins to unpack what life is going to be like for His disciples after He has gone.
As we enter Chapter 14, Jesus has just mentioned that one of His disciples will betray Him. He’s also told Peter, one of His closest disciples, that he will disown Him, not once, but three times. The picture Jesus begins to paint of life after His death is not looking particularly rosy.
Jesus, however, is not beginning to rethink the plan, He follows these admissions with this powerful command. “Do not let your heart be troubled.”
Trouble was ahead!
Reading on there was the betrayal, Jesus’ trial, crucifixion and death. Then after He’d gone to heaven the apostles encountered jail, being dragged before the Sanhedrin, persecution and even martyrdom. There were certainly things ahead of the apostles that could cause their hearts to be troubled.
However, Jesus commands them, “Do not let your heart be troubled.” Your heart could be troubled, but do not let it happen!
They had a choice.
A choice to not to let their heart become troubled.
You also have a choice.
A choice to not allow situations and circumstances dictate the state of your heart. There are many things which could try to dictate and trouble your heart, financial worries, pressures at work, family complications, the list goes on. Whatever could cause trouble in your heart, Jesus commands us to not let our heart be troubled.
When Jesus leaves us a command, He also leaves us a promise and the promise is the Holy Spirit.
“These things I have spoken to you while abiding 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 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. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.”
When we look at the original language the word used for “Helper” – “paraklētos” means counsellor, comforter, exhorter or literally “one called alongside.”
The Holy Spirit is called alongside you, to live with you and be in you! (v17)
With the Holy Spirit, we can choose to not let our heart become troubled. We can choose to walk in step with Him, allowing Him to teach and guide us. Enabling us to receive peace in our time of trouble and power in all of our weakness. Walking with the Holy Spirit is how Jesus intended us to live our lives.
Let’s live our lives as Jesus intended, becoming true disciples of Him.
Walk into today knowing that the Holy Spirit is called alongside you and to be in you.
Invite the Holy Spirit to teach and guide you today.
Allow space for Him to fill you with His power.
If you’ve never asked the Holy Spirit to fill your life with His power, why not ask Him today. You can always ask your Connect Leader if you have any questions or would like them to pray with you.
Go for it!
Contributed by Jonny