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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Rest (01/17/13)

TITLE: Let not your heart be troubled
By Garry Stopa


John 14:27 (NKJV) Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

I have heard several preachers teach that we have the power to, “let not our heart be troubled”. The first time I heard this, I gladly received it as good advice. Then one night as I tried to sleep, I was overwhelmed with my emotions. I was very upset over something and no matter how hard I tried, I could not, “let not my heart be troubled”.

I tossed and turned for hours as my emotions got the better of me. I asked for God to give me strength in this weakness, but I still did not get a good night's rest. In the morning when I woke, I was still overwhelmed with this unholy emotion. I could not seem to let go. I knew I needed help to, “let not my heart be troubled”.

I decided to see if there might be a clue to help me with this. I looked up the verse above and read the passage before it. John 14:26 says, “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 things that I said to you.” There it was. The answer I needed; our helper, the Holy Spirit, will remind us of God’s promises. I was finally on the road to peace. I simply had to remember the promises of God for my situation.

What happened next completely changed my angry emotions to joy and compassion. I read a devotional, as I typically do in the mornings. This one covered the exact same situation I was dealing with. It contained a relevant Scripture that I was familiar with but had not memorized. The passage fit my circumstances perfectly. I knew the Holy Spirit brought it to my attention.

If my heart is troubled---I focus on God. I read a devotional, a book or study my Bible for a word on the situation I am facing. I expect to find one that talks to me and I always do. Having this experience has brought me to the peace of God that passes understanding (Philippians 4:7). God is so good!

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Richard Hicks01/24/13
I really enjoyed reading this, and and was reminded that the Holy Spirit does confirm and bring to mind those promises that are hidden in our hearts. He can lead us to the Word or a devotional to confirm the voice of the Holy Spirit. Very good writing!
C D Swanson 01/26/13
Wonderful job with this, lovely message and great devotional as well.

God bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 01/27/13
I loved this devotion. You did an outstanding job of giving the reader a peak into your most intimate thoughts. That takes a lot of courage. I love how God shows us the answers we need at the exact moment when we need it most. And some people call this a coincidence I just don't get it. I call it a personal I love you from God. I also liked the Bible verses that you used. They were different than many others that have been quoted this week. Good job.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 01/31/13
Congratulations for ranking 7th in level one!