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4 Steps To Peace Of Mind, Part 1

Fellowship in the Word / Bil Gebhardt
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July 5, 2021 8:00 am

4 Steps To Peace Of Mind, Part 1

Fellowship in the Word / Bil Gebhardt

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Today on Fellowship in the Word pastor Bill Gebhardt challenges you to become a fully functioning follower of Jesus Christ shatters this is this is the worst combination of events they could have understand who they are. They are men who gave up everything in their life.

Every job they drop their nets. They give up everything they followed him wherever he they were known around the country as the 12 disciples right, the ones who were closest to be cashed in all the way and now he says something to them just what he said to his enemies. The Pharisees settled by the way, I'm leaving and where I go you can join us today on this additional fellowship in the world Fellowship in the Words the radio ministry of Fellowship Bible church located in Metairie, Louisiana Pastor Bill govern ours. Once again he shows us God's word meets our work.

Let me give you some bad.

That shouldn't surprise any of us.

I read this past week that the mental health in America is at an all-time record low 2010 anxiety disorders were affecting more than 40 million American adults, 2010 between 2015 and 2020, that number grew 15% in five years.

In the first month of the pandemic. A year ago March increased by another 21% now. Overall there's been a 34% increase since the big pandemic began on the numbers are staggering teen suicides in the United States have grown 50% in the last 10 years. Shocking.

What's happening to us.

We spend well over $200 billion a year medicating our depression, anxiety 200 billion every year by the way alcohol consumption is an all-time record high. Amanda is the article I read it says there were continuing to lose ground in the mental health of our nation one government psychiatrist in the article said this what we really need is we need new and better drugs and a lot more people on the staggering staggering. What bothers me the most is that I realize people have always had trouble coping with problems they've always had that, but the part that I don't understand. According to George Barna and other Christian posters is that the church of Jesus Christ is suffering in a very parallel way to the culture at large were struggling with this.

Just about as much as they are and I can't quite understand that at all.

I think what's most relevant to us is that this is not new, and Jesus Christ not only has spoken on this issue, but he's actually given us four steps to maintaining your peace of mind or calmness during any trouble or anxiety you ever facing your life.

So would you open your Bibles that John 14 and if you know your Bible, you will know this. John 1314 1516 and 17 all occur on the Thursday night before the crucifixion all those chapters occur in one night to call the upper room discourse has a Lord's supper and at the March tables and it has a lot of things that Jesus wants the saying it but I want to understand that for Jesus Christ and you see in a moment even for his disciples. This is the worst night of their existence. This is as bad as it gets when you think about what Jesus went through that night. It says in Scripture that he he sweat droplets of blood but unbelievable on my off pressure for you to sweat droplets of blood. He knows that what's going to happen is when he prays that night and says father let this cup pass from me.

Nevertheless, not my will be done by yours he understood in a way we can't what was going to be like to be arrested and brutalized by the Romans, but he also understood which we can't that he was going to have to pay for the sins of the world he was going to he was going to experience God's holy wrath against sin for everybody. It's unimaginable, but the disciples were having the same kind of night was as bad a night as I could ever have no notice over verse 21 in chapter 13 you see here the context it says.

When Jesus had said this, he became troubled in spirit and he testified and he said to me, truly I say to you that one of you will betray me that we know the story, so we know who that is. But I want to see something here it says here that he became troubled in a spirit, and it actually. In a sense you know when you think of that word troubled.

It's the word terrazzo. It's an interesting word in Greek. It can mean trouble, to an extent, but more than likely it has to mean it means deeply disturbing. It also means a sense of terror that comes their stirred up by circumstances.

It's when you have about as much anxiety about the situation. As you can and assist Jesus is deeply troubled by this. So the disciples began looking at one another at a loss.

I.e. said at a loss to know which one of them. He was speaking. They have no idea. Let me ask you this question how many good things do you know by Judas.

Tell them all to us all these good and we knew it was a treasure. So we know one good thing they trusted but the disciples like who could possibly be. I meant to mow sometime. Maybe it's me but they didn't even think about Judas. I mean, you and I would say what level he knows it's him so it said they began looking at one another at a loss how much of will, one in which he was speaking, there was reclining on Jesus was one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved, that's John, the writer of this gospel. John is on his elbow as Jesus is there a circle and his head is right about in Jesus just so Simon Peter gestured to them and said, tell us who it is and we speaking Peter sang it insider information or drugs right there.

John could you give us the information who's talking about leaning back us in Jesus. Prison. John says the Jesus Lord who is driving Steve tell me and he does. Jesus then answered and said that is the one for whom I shall dip the morsel and give it to him. That's what he told so many dip the morsel he took it and he gave the Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. After the morsel. Satan then entered into, and therefore Jesus said to him, he said, what you do do quickly and so Judas gets up suddenly gets up and leaves. That's interesting. Now he says no one was reclining at the table knew, for what purpose it said this till, so they still don't know we don't do verse 31.

Mrs. therefore when he had gone out.

Jesus said now is the Son of Man glorified in God glorified in him.

If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and he will glorify him immediately.

Jesus thinking past Thursday night past Friday to Sunday morning Jesus and this is the time of my glory. This is the time I glorify God. He glorifies me that's optimistic. He said little children and then he says these words little children with you a little while longer. You will seek me and as I said to the Jews. Now I also say to you where I am going, you cannot come the worst words.

A disciple ever heard. This shatters their night. This is this is the worst combination of events they could have understand who they are.

They are men who gave up everything in their life for Jesus, everything they give up their jobs, they drop their nets. They give up everything they followed him wherever he went there. They were known around the country as the B12 Disciples of Christ, the ones who were closest to them, they they cashed in all the way and now he says something to them just what he said to his enemies. The Pharisees seasonal by the way, I'm leaving and where I go you can come you just imagine what their thinking, wait, wait, wait, what you got your gonna leave us when we going to do you see here the Rabbi you're a teacher you're the master your our Lord you're a friend are whole identities and you know you say you're leaving, what's going to have DOS but I know how much the Jews hate you once you're out of the way how much you think they hate us what's going to have DOS and by the way, suffer John the every one of them was martyred. They have every reason to have as bad a night now as you could ever have. The cumulative effect of what we've had over the last year isn't even in comparison. Everything about what identifies their life. Is there life is now gone.

Everything you see you can imagine the tanks. The anxiety that there feeling over this, Jesus is this a new commandment I give you that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. You think that comforted him.

I'm leaving but I got a plan for youngsters only. You need to love each other. That's the answer you're leaving and we need to love each other house that the answer is like Bobby said, I would like Thomas. No, I mean the whole idea of this is what we know we can't do anything without you another tell us again as new commandment I was with Peter, then I love this Simon Peter said to him, Lord, I were you going. I got someone better, just ask a straight up decent where I go you cannot follow me now, but you follow me later. That's not a satisfying answer.

You follow me later Peter is trying to figure out.

He says the Lord. Why can I not fall you right now I will lay down my life for you. Sounds good.

Jesus says this we lay down your life for me. Truly, truly, I say to you, the rooster will not grow into you deny me three times.

By the way, you get a feel all that's good to hear. On top of everything else he's leaving were only in this together and now I'm going to failure spiritually just a matter of Peter's feeling right now is at that stage where Jesus then decides I'll give you I will give you the solution to your problem. I will give you the steps that will take away your anxiety and your depression are given to you right now. It's amazing and only gave them by giving us four steps Jesus of give you these four steps, and peace will be filled with peace River. Jesus said, I give you peace member, not as the world is but I give you peace. My peace will be with you, Jesus.

I want to give you peace. Right now the four steps that take away the anxiety, the worry and the depression from your life for steps.

First one verse one do not do not let your heart be troubled. Believe in God believe also in me. First step you must believe in me as a Jesus say you must believe in me now. The first thing he does notice what he starts with he says let not your heart be troubled, is an imperative mood what's at me, I'm commanding you, this is a commandment from Jesus, not just to them but to you and me. Let not your heart be troubled, I command you know you and I we never think that the trouble in our heart can be solved by someone commanding is not right. If I command you, you save pastor I buy my morning about almost everything. I just more into it and I got the circles that you have me understand the condition of my marriage. ERC will my kids are doing another job situations terrible and the doctor said I could have a bad prognosis using and I said okay let me.

I consult with I command you. Stop worrying you really want to buy that. But Jesus did commit see there's a word when we have anxiety and fear and worry that we love the use victim.

I'm a victim I'm victimized by this is not my fault the circumstances got so bad I'm just put the bite was so much anxiety and so Jesus have none of that none of it is I command you see there's another thing. Let not your heart be troubled to command. What's that mean it's up to you see it's up to you. Let not just my commandment, don't let your heart be troubled.

Jesus would give me a command I can't possibly obey it just me command I can obey. He said I'm telling you.

Let not your heart be troubled. Then he says look you believe in God as an indicative mood. You believe in God. They do their good Jewish men of always believing God. He says no I'm telling you believe in me that's commandment again imperative mood.

I command you. You need to believe in me for what for the trouble that you're facing for the anxiety that you feel you need to believe in me. That's what he saying to you need to believe in me. Amazing. This is kinda new to them.

They struggled with this O how many times Jesus said to his disciples, and I think your paper say to you and me. Oh you of little faith, you see said you need to believe in God you do need to believe in me.

Why God incarnate see him God incarnate. You need to believe in me giving example Mark for Jesus who is son of God. God incarnate, says this. Let's go to the other side of the lake. Now, who said that to them. God know if God said, let's go to the other side of the lake.

Where are you going, not maybe. Let's hope God said were going to the other side of the lake going to the other side of the lake. It's a fact.

Storm came up with a do they panicked, they woke him up. Then he said, don't you care.

The were perishing, would you say oh you men of little faith comes a storm she was her test the day really believe Jesus knew when circumstances are difficult in your life do you really believe Jesus if you're honest no I don't. If I don't believe in what I'm saying is he's lying is mistaken. If he's lying or mistaking he's not God see that's the whole point of our faith. So Jesus says to them you have to. You must believe in me whenever you're feeling anxiety and all that.

One thing you have to have in your life or something to believe it.

You have something let me ask you deep do you believe in politicians and of the greatest truth tellers that ever lived right to believe the media is a do you believe in these people know.

In fact, you look for someone or something to believe in. That's that's what happens.

All of us.

Jesus is saying about you need to believe in me, and here's what I find it's interesting to me. If you aren't call yourself a Christian, that means what you put your faith and trust in Jesus Christ and his finished work on the cross.

That's what you're saying and you tell me you believe that stuff I want to think about that for a moment, somebody you never met made claims 2000 years ago.

Then went to a cross with the Romans crucified him, and then after they crucified him they buried him and he was raising the dead which you don't really know because his 2000 years ago and you do see your Christian because you put your trust and faith in Jesus Christ for eternity, for heaven for all your sins forgiven.

It's an incredible act of faith you put your faith in him forever, but you don't put your faith in them for tomorrow. I can do it for tomorrow. I can do for this week. I can do it forever, but not something like did see how bad it is out there how much trouble there is. That's what we end up talking about.

That's the way we act.

So the first step is you must believe in me. Secondly he says this you must believe that your future is assured be great.

All of us. You're the best possible future of anybody on the planet. It's unbelievable, it's yours.

It's assured it's forever. I see these things all the time. I read the end of the book, you win. You win, you inherit everything the tears which is everything. The worst thing that could have a new it can Avenue you went it all turns out for good. Now one of the reasons that so important as in the meantime, though, here I am. I look at the trouble around us.

Well, let's think about who we are, were totally depraved sinners what to totally depraved sinners do a set of against themselves against God against each other. Stuff happens here is a lot of bad stuff that happens here in the morbid coverage we get through social media and media you realize how much bad stuff is going on.

I often wonder this, don't you think now by watching anything you think it's worse than it's ever been.

Is it worse than it's ever been, or simply being reported anything that happens anywhere is reported to you immediately and you know this is really terrible how bad a people been incredibly bad all by the way were not just all sinners, we live on a cursed planet. So the planets cursed and were all sinners. What is that a prescription for trouble you have trouble you got him in every way relationally. You have trouble diseases. Trouble economy trouble marriages, trouble, child-rearing trouble, there's trouble everywhere.

Nothing, nothing's going to change that. But Jesus is what you gotta believe that your future is assured of the great he says in my father's house are many dwelling places. If it were not so I would've told you I going to prepare a place for you what they want to know where you going right.

But Jesus say going home to see him going notice what he calls home. My father's house yet. Sorry to said heaven.

He didn't. I'm going to my father's house, he said, in my father's house are many dwelling places. It's an interesting thing if you grew up in the King James version you feel now like once they start to accurately translate this. You got shipped. If you read the King James version it says in my father's house are many mansions that speaks to us right where all got in the mansion going to be great. There's nothing even in the Greek close the mansion.

Nothing there, nothing bearable. In fact, the reason we even have it word in Greek mansion is the Latin Vulgate, which is a later translation of the Greek text, use the word Nancy Onis, Nancy Onis and Latin word so the King James translators translate that literally mentions okay only off the Latin Vulgate which had not was a bad translation of the Greek, the Greek word here is simply the word moaning. That's the only word it needs it means an abiding place. It means an abiding place and it comes moaning comes from Menno, which means a dwelling place, so it's an abiding dwelling place.

That's why the Newmarket standard newer translations called a dwelling place sonata mansion, but it is home. That's an amazing thing when you think about it. It is home.

Jesus is why he said if this were true, how do you cope in a world for trouble. I cope with it because I know that there's something much better. Much, much better than great to be grateful while this can be great forever. Just an amazing thought. It's my whole bathroom never on the radio ministry of fellowship in the world. If you ever miss one of our broadcast or maybe you just like listening to the message one more time. Remember the good a great website called in one place.com that's one place.com and you can listen to Fellowship in the Word online at that website you will find on with today's broadcast but also many of our previous audio programs as Fellowship in the Word. We are thankful for those who financially support our ministry and make this broadcast possible with all of our listeners to prayerfully consider how you might help with radio ministry continuous broadcast on this radio station by supporting a monthly report just a one-time gift support for ministry can be sent to Fellowship in the Word. 4600 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie, LA 7006 if you would be interested in hearing today's message in its original format that is is a sermon, the pastor will deliver during a Sunday morning service at Fellowship Bible church visit our website FVC Nola.org that FVC and oh LA.O RG at our website you will find hundreds pastor Bill sermon you can browse through our sermon archives to find the sermon series you're looking you can search by title. Once you find the method you're looking for. You can listen online or if you prefer, you can download the sermon and listen at your own.

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