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January 22, 2022 7:00 pm
“Let not your heart be troubled..."
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If you would prefer to go to our website, you can go to Baptist Bible. Our dock or and make a donation. There certainly appreciate your prayers for this ministry, as we continue to this new year, bringing the message of God's sovereign grace. Thankful for your encouragement and support, and just pray that God will use this effort on his how do you have trouble you fall apart become depressed, get angry how you react when trouble comes your way. Listen to Jesus. Gentle words. Let not your heart be troubled, reading the Gospel of John chapter 14 verses 1 to 3 let not your heart be troubled you believe in God believe also in me. In my father's house are many mansions if it were not so, I would have told you I'd go to prepare a place for you and if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself that where I am, there ye may be also. First thing we see in this passage of trouble. God's children. Things trumps and we think about these words of Jesus in the context in the setting in which they were spoken.
This was indeed a time of great trouble for the disciples in chapter 13. The 33rd verse Jesus said, little children, yet a little while I am with you, you shall seek me, and as I said unto the Jews. Whether I go you cannot come. So now I say to you, Jesus has informed them he's going away.
This is alarming. They are greatly disturbed about the first time Jesus had passed this information along, but they were a little slow in grasping Peter response. At this time 15 cannot go with you and says I'm willing to lay down my life. But even then Jesus points out that Peter was going to fail. These men had left their families left their home left their job back on everything to follow Jesus that spent their entire time with him over these three years of his ministry. They had viewed his miracles they had heard his messages. They had been in close communion and fellowship with him all these days he was their leader and their teacher. He was everything to them.
They just could not imagine how can we go along. Women involved in kingdom work but if Jesus is not here. What can we do that world was suddenly falling apart. They couldn't grasp the thought of a dying Messiah.
They believe that he was the Messiah. He was the anointed one sent from God and were plenty of Old Testament prophecies that reveal that when the Messiah came, he would die, but they missed so often when people read the Scriptures. They draw from it what they want to see they have a tendency to Passover those things that are little unpleasant or difficult, so they wanted to think about Jesus here at the Messiah as the king would set up an earthly kingdom. That's what the Jews hope for. That's the reason they cried when he came in the city. Hosanna, hosanna, they thought he was coming as King to set up a visible kingdom in which they would prosper as a people and be delivered from the bondage of the Romans. Jesus of income into the city. Writing upon a horse which was symbolic of our battle in that day came riding up a little beast of burden became lonely came in humility because he was going to the cross. Not only that Jesus informed them that he was going away, but in chapter 13 of the 21st verse, he informed them that one was going to betray him, and it soon became evident that it was Judas. When Jesus said that one with the training and all put their finger into this and say we been suspecting here. No Judas. It fit in the from all appearances been like the rest of them. I said Lord is one know if we have the right view of ourselves, rather than judging others were going to be looking in their own hearts.
But if it's possible for somebody to be deceived.
It's possible I could be and I come to the throne of grace and asked for mercy. I want to be faithful in serving you. And then, as if that was not enough. In verse 38 of chapter 13, he then says that Peter is going to benign Peter was something of a leader in the group.
He was the most outspoken and now Jesus says I'm going away. Judas is training and Peter is going to deny me. You can understand this was a time of great trouble for these disciples. But we live in a fallen world that is full of trouble. Some Christians had a mistaken idea that if they just have enough faith they will avoid troubles that all sicknesses will be healed and all troubles will be quickly resolved, but the fact is we are fallen sinners living in a world that's under the curse and condemnation of sin and trouble is to be expected. Job said in Job 14 one man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble so that many of you today can testify to the truth of that text. You had a lot of troubles in life… The bigness of I feel like I've had more than my fair share of trouble will be that as it may, you can expect as long as you're in this world that there will be trouble to be faced. The prophet Jeremiah said in his prophecy, chapter 20 of the 18th verse wherefore came forth out of the womb to see labor and sorrow that my day should be consumed. The chain questioning if I might even fear if I was even born, came out of the mother's womb and all I see is labor and sorrow all the days of my life are concerned with chamber trouble. That man carried a heavy burden he was often frustrated because he was delivering a message to people who would not receive it so we face trouble. Jesus made mention of it in the sermon on the Mount in Matthew chapter 6 verse 34. He said take therefore no thought for the morrow for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. Trouble there other words is enough trouble today that you don't have to start anticipating what about my troubles will be tomorrow. Some people work at that extensively there always trying to think ahead just can't imagine what may happen this next week this past week was bad enough, but the way it's going expect with the probably worse looking out says no I don't want to be giving thought to the troubles the future you got enough trouble to deal with today. Well, not only then are there troubles in this world, all the inhabitants of the world, the matter who they are where they are going to encounter some kind of trouble but not his children face some unique troubles. There things that are encountered by those who are believers in Jesus Christ and are part of his heavenly kingdom that others will know nothing about Jesus made reference to that in John chapter 16 and the 33rd verse these things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace in the world ye shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. These are the words of Jesus. You can market down. It's going to be this way in the world you will have tribulation, but this is not a depressing message is a work of chair sort of comfort.
I have overcome the world, and therefore you're not going to be destroyed in the midst of your trouble in acts chapter 14 verse 22 Paul and Barnabas were confirming the souls of the disciples and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God is through tribulation through trouble through trials that we enter into the kingdom of God. Some would paint a picture as though you come to Christ by faith all your troubles rented.
Certainly there is a burden that is lifted. There is a joy that is found there's a piece within the passive understanding, but there are some things that begin at the time that the person has an experience of grace are now conflicts that have a note of the Holy Spirit abiding in that individual convicts them of sin their own faults their own failings that there's a there's a struggle between the old nature and the new and then there's going to be opposition from those without who do not appreciate your testimony the way you live five Peter talked about the fact that they'll think it's strange that you're not running with them as you did in times past, and in second Timothy chapter 3 verse 12 it says gay and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. We know nothing of this country. At the present time of persecution. To the degree in which multitudes of Christians around the world are presently experiencing it. But as resentment against Christianity continues to grow as there is so much criticism so little respect shown for that once was shown even those who didn't importune but at least considered it with respect.
You can find that there will be a variety of ways in which he was a believer may be persecuted.
We frequently hear of people who encounter difficulties in the workplace because of their Christian testimony we hear of the way young people are treated sometimes in the schools of public education by those who are unbelievers to live righteously if you're a true follower of Jesus Christ, you will experience some kind of opposition some kind of persecution.
Think of how the apostle Paul suffered from the standpoint of human reasoning. We might imagine, since this man had such a unique experience. He was a persecutor of the church but the Lord called my name on the road to Damascus, transformed his life and making the greatness of the apostles, the most powerful preacher of his day the Lord will build hedge about him and protect him and will not have physical problems and he will not have some of the sufferings that would obstruct his efforts. But look at second Corinthians chapter 11 verse 24 of the Jews five times received 40 strike saved one thrice was not beaten with rods, once was I stone thrice. I suffered shipwreck a night in the day have I been of the deep in journeying often in perils of waters and perils of robbers imperiled by my own countrymen, in perils with the evening prayers of the city and perils in the wilderness and perils in the sea in perils among false brethren in wariness and pain from us and watching often in hunger and thirst and fastings often in cold and nakedness beside those things that are without that which cometh upon me daily.
The care of all the churches this great servant of God knew what it was to face trouble, but he obviously found strength within the conservation faith in Jesus Christ. The press all I can do all things through Christ which strike the making set when I'm weak, strong because when I see my weakness. Then I find my strength in Jesus Christ. After trouble.
The second thing we see in this passage of John 14 is faith. You believe in God believe also in me.
The fact that God's people on that day trusted him.
They believed in him. Psalm 22 verse four our fathers trusted in the they trusted and validates deliver them there many accounts as to how the Lord delivered his people when they were in a minority when it appeared that there was no way that they can overcome their enemies and God nevertheless delivered them. Why because they trusted in him at the house of fat who came before the Lord and said we have no plan would have no Mike but were trustingly and God gave him the victory over the invading forces Psalm 25 verses one and two unto the Lord I lift up my soul.
Oh my God I trust in the order you trust today. Too many times personal give lip service to trusting in God and the reality they're trusting in the plan schemes and ingenuity that they invoked a product about a solution to their problem. They lean upon the arm of the flesh was the Scriptures tell us will surely fail us. Psalm 40 verse four Blessed is the man that makes the Lord's trust and respect is not the proud, nor such as turn aside the lives and then this one that I've shared with you frequently, which is become a favorite of mine.
Psalm 56 verse three what time I am afraid I will trust in the ears. David, a mighty warrior admitting their times. I'm afraid men are sometimes little reluctant to admit that the reality is, men have their fears just as women have their many challenging troubles and circumstances we encounter in life many times were perplexed about what we should do next and how we can best honor. What time I'm afraid I will trust in the and in Isaiah writes in his prophecy, chapter 12 verse two. The whole God is my salvation.
I will trust and not be afraid, for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song. He also is become my salvation. Jesus says believe in God you believe in them today. Did you trust him.
And then God gives comfort. Let not your heart be troubled you believe in God believe also in me. Believe in God because he was the source of the comfort that we so desperately need.
Psalm 119 verse 50.
This is my comfort in my affliction for my word hath quickened me saying Psalm verse 76 when I prayed Levi merciful kindness be for my comfort. According to thy word on that.
I serve comfort comes to the word of God believe in the word of God. If you go to the inspired word.
You read the promise of God and you say well I know that's what it says, but somehow I just don't think it applies in this case, I don't know that that's really for me are you go on doubting and questioning. Certainly not going to find comfort but if you believe what God says. You may read it and say I know it's true emotionally I'm not able to rejoice at the moment but I'm going to rejoice in the truth, what God says because I know when God says something means it when God makes a promise he keeps it trusting him. Second Corinthians chapter 1 verse three Blessed be the God, even the father of our Lord Jesus Christ and the father of mercies and the God of all comfort and not a wonderful expression you need help in your trouble. You need comfort where you going to get it. He's the God of all comfort you want words that mean something not just some of the trite expressions of people will give you from time to time.
How meaningless it is when somebody comes to you and they detect that your cash down this voucher up there bad thing is what you think you just knew all the details you know it's bad. Well things are going to be better. I don't know it's going to be better make it worse. All of these frivolous little expressions mean nothing, but you go to the God of comfort in its through his grace, his strength, his mercy, that there is indeed comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble what the trouble is able to comfort them by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God as one reason is so important for Christians not to become enamored with the philosophies of man, listening to some of the self-help programs so I work through it. I guess I'm a pretty tough stop. I just dug my heels and set aside or get the best way you won't tell somebody that is going to comfort no one is not honor God.
But if you and the darkest times of the night the deepest trouble that you could ever experience. Find hope in God's promise.
You turn to Kim. He's the God of all comfort, but I desperately need comfort and I'm looking to you as the source. What a difference you can comfort others with the same comfort wherewith you've been comfort all you will.
The disciples were in great distress because Jesus said he was going comforting words not hard, assume that they would be with him again. That's a great promise.
We have believers in Jesus Christ, that something will be where here's therefore we can say today.
Let not your heart be troubled, hope will writer central next week at the same time with the Lord richly bless you and dad will the Baptist Bible Lord is come to you under the direction of Elder Lucero Bradley Junior address all mailed to the Baptist Bible Lord Cincinnati, OH 45217. That's the Baptist Bible Lord Cincinnati, OH 45217, all all and all