Sunday, January 19, 2014
The Father's Love- John 14
The Father’s Love:
“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. Jesus told him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.’ 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words I speak are not my own, but my Father who lives in me does his work through me. “ John 14:1, 6, 10
Heart- “kardia”-Greek: the inner person. Emphasis is on the mind in this context.
Troubled- “tarasso”- Greek: to agitate-to cause one inward commotion, make one anxious, distressed, cause one’s spirit to have fear and dread.
Examples when Jesus was troubled: John 11:33 “When Jesus saw her weeping and saw the other people wailing with her, a deep anger welled up within him,[a] and he was deeply troubled.”
John 12:27 “Now my soul is deeply troubled. Should I pray, ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But this is the very reason I came!”
John 13:21 “Now Jesus was deeply troubled,[a] and he exclaimed, “I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me!”
We’ve all experienced these feelings of being deeply troubled in our hearts which workings is in our minds. This is the primary goal of satan to keep us troubled, agitated, anxious, and without peace. Their was a time that I didn’t know Jesus as my saviour and I was living in the greatest darkness, I had some great fear. God was with me then he sent a believer to witness to me all about Jesus Christ. One night I was desperate for change and I prayed to God that if Jesus was real I’d like to know this Jesus as my friend knew Him. That night Jesus came to me, all I seen was His hand extended to mine and He said, “Take my hand and I’ll take you to The Father.” His voice was warm and melodic, deeply soothing. I took His hand and I woke up free! Now, I didn’t automatically become a model Christian woman. It took little steps of faith and each time God answered a prayer I was a little bit more ready to believe in Him and live for Him. But, it doesn’t happen overnight. We have to daily work-out our salvation as Pastor Johnson recently said. We have to work out for Him to work in us.
Let’s close with prayer but first I’d like us to read together from Ephesians 4 one of my first favorite scriptures. Amen.
“Dear Heavenly Father, I thank you for freeing me from sin and darkness and my troubled heart and filling me with your spirit and your plans. Help us to grow in you every day as we trust in you and rely on you for all our needs.” In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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