CHOOSE PEACE (John 14:1-2)
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in Me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you.”
This message is for all Daddy’s precious sons and daughters who need to hear His voice today. It is a reminder that you do not have to carry the weight you are carrying. You can lay your burden down at His feet today, and trust Him to work it all out in your favor. He is large and in charge! He is able!
Our hearts become ‘troubled’ when we lose our peace, and this happens to us all on a daily basis. There are many times that I have left my morning time with God feeling His rock solid peace guarding my heart, but not far into the day, something hits me unexpectedly, and I realize that my heart is ‘troubled’, as negative feelings swamp out the super serene peace I stepped out with! I believe you can identify with this too. We can lose our peace for many reasons, but mostly when we become anxious, fearful, angry, or confused.
Proverbs 4:23 says “Above all else guard your heart for everything you do flows from it”. This implies that it is up to each of us to ‘guard’ the state of our heart, and keep the peace in it as a fortress, undisturbed by the issues of life. When our hearts are troubled, everything else in our lives may be affected, as our perceptions may be different at these times, and we could even make decisions which are not the best. A troubled heart is unable to focus on what God is saying, and to receive His direction and His words of encouragement. A troubled heart loses contact with the presence of the Lord, because fear may have come in and pushed out faith.
We live in a day when disaster seems to be all around us, in the nations of the world, in the environment, as well as morally, socially, financially and politically! Tuning into the news through the media is just ‘bad news’! Everyone also faces personal issues which have the potential to derail us and push us over the edge. Jesus gives us clear direction through His Word today, so that we can stay on track, and keep our heads held high, no matter what we see around us.
1) Do not let your heart be troubled. As you step into each new day, make a conscious decision, (maybe say it out loud to yourself), that you will not let your heart be troubled. Decide that you will not allow fear, anger, anxiety or dismay to rattle you. As you walk through each day, there will be literally hundreds of opportunities for you to step into a negative reaction, or simply decide that you will not let it grip your heart. Jesus says ‘do not let’ it happen. “Do not let your heart be troubled.” It is up to you. If you understood that in every situation you face, there is a potential trap from the evil one, as well as a potential opportunity for spiritual victory, then you would allow the fruit of self control to be manifested in you each time, and move on, with that ‘good’ feeling of having overcome!
2) Decide to choose faith instead of fear. Jesus says “Trust in God; trust also in Me”. God so loved the world that He gave His only Son Jesus, that all of us who believe in Him shall not perish but instead, have everlasting life (John 3:16). How many of us would let our children/child face a horrible death they did not deserve, so that someone else might go free? This is the heart of the Father, and He has proved His love to us through Jesus. Jesus has proved His love for you and me, by becoming who we are and taking our pain, our sin and shame. He has proved Himself – He is trustworthy! We are always faced with the choice of whether to trust God or trust ourselves and our circumstances. Let us believe Proverbs 3:5, which says “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” Make the wise choice each time – trust Him! He can do a much better job of managing things for us than we can!
3) The issues we face are temporary. However frustrating, painful or unjust your problems may seem, remind yourself that they are just for today and tomorrow. Jesus reminded His disciples that He was going to prepare a place for them in His Father’s house, where there are “many rooms”. The Lord Jesus would have us begin to focus on the eternal pleasures of heaven, and awaken to the truth and reality of all its glorious beauty. That is what you and I were made for – to fellowship eternally with the Bridegroom in heaven. It is our real home. He is preparing ‘rooms’ for us – precious revelations of that perfect life, where there will be no more death, no more tears, no sickness, parting or pain! It is a life of thousands of angels praising God eternally in perfect unison. It is the bliss He has ordained for us, and a fulfillment of everything we were ever meant to be – completeness and completion within the perfect uniting of the Bridegroom and the Bride. I have not yet had a visit to heaven, but I know of people who have experienced its splendors and returned to share its joys. I believe that it is a beautiful place where the Godhead lives, where we will know a joy sublime forever. As it is written in 1 Corinthians 2:9: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”.
4) Jesus has gone to prepare a place for us, but He has sent His Spirit to prepare us for the Place. There is no way we can live in this crazy world and keep our peace each day, without the power of the Holy Spirit, who fills us with the peace of Jesus. Ephesians 2:14 says “For He Himself is our peace…” while Galatians 5:22 reminds us that peace is a fruit of the Spirit. Each time we decided to trust God and not give in to the invitation to lose our cool, we overcome. It is like jumping over a spiritual hurdle and going on to higher ground! Each challenging situation can be a stepping stone to another level, in the school of the Holy Spirit, and a preparation for those beautiful rooms Jesus is preparing for us in that other place! So the next time you find yourself stuck on the highway in a traffic jam, or you arrive at the airport to be told that your flight was cancelled, remember that you have a choice – to go with the flow of your flesh, or give in to a higher order – and surrender to the teaching of the Holy Spirit! There can be a beautiful opportunity in everything!
May you purpose to walk in the power of God’s peace from this day forth, and may you choose to trust Him in every situation – Jesus is preparing better things for you!
Minoli Haththotuwa, 21 March 2011
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