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HELP FOR THE TROUBLED HEART

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Help for the Trouble Heart

John 14:1-6

Introduction:

The rejections, defeats, and failures that all of us have experienced can create enough negative feelings to destroy us.
It is here that we must be very careful! Often the most painful wounds are not the scars that are outwardly seen, but the hidden wounds deep in the heart. Being hidden, they are often the most dangerous.
Setbacks in our lives, struggles in the journey, trials that fall across the way, can take the joy out of living.
Our faith is weakened, and if we collect enough hurts it will stop us from wanting to press forward. Even success can make one the target of criticism.
Do not let the hurts hurt you!
Often, a hurting person will hurt others.
In the context Jesus has just dropped to huge bombshells into the lives of these disciples:
1. One of the disciples would betray Him
2. That Jesus would be leaving them
3. That Peter would deny Him
It is easy to understand the passions that they were experiencing at this moment.
Jesus saw their confusion and spoke words of comfort and challenge!!! They are given good news about the future and told not to worry about today.
Our Jesus, is a God of Compassion!!
Mark 1:41 KJV 1900
41 And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean.
Mark 5:19 KJV 1900
19 Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.
Mark 6:34 KJV 1900
34 And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things.
Mark 8:2 KJV 1900
2 I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now been with me three days, and have nothing to eat:
Worry is a sin. It is also a huge waste of time and energy!!
Worry has been defined: a small trickle of fear that meanders through the mind until it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.”
We live in a wicked and worrisome world: economy, elections, nations on the rise, wickedness in our country, lack of leadership in many places, homes falling apart, wars and rumours of wars, churches entertaining the masses instead of evangelizing the masses, apathy and indifference in our churches, very few distinctions between Christians and the world in dress, entertainment, thinking, politics.
The Lord Jesus Christ gives a 3 step prescription to help a troubled heart in a troubled world: Fears to escape; faith to embrace, and a future to envision.

I. THERE ARE FEARS TO ESCAPE-vs. 1

A. The Context.

To understand what precipitated these words, we have to go back to chapter 13. Jesus and His disciples have just enjoyed a pleasant meal. After which, Jesus donned a towel and washed his disciples’ feet. After these things Jesus drops a major bombshell on his disciples. He tells them that he will be betrayed by one of their own number vs 18-30. He also tells them that he is going to be going away, Vs 31- 33. They learn the horrific news that their leader Peter will also deny him vs 36-38. The Savior’s words must have broken their hearts, shattered their confidence, and left them devastated. That is why we have the precious words of Chapter 14.

B. We need to remember this when the tough times come our way: trials and tribulations are slated for all of God’s children.

John 16:33
(33) 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.
Job 14:1
(1) Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.

C. However, in the midst of our difficulties, we can have peace!

The Word “Let” is a call for you and I to be involved in the troublesome times of life. We’re not called upon to sit idly by while our lives are destroyed before our very eyes. We do have recourse in the time of trouble!
Philippians 4:6-7
(6) Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
(7) And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Matthew 11:28
(28) Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
1 Peter 5:7
(7) Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
Matthew 17:19–21 KJV 1900
19 Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? 20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. 21 Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.
I believe our church needs some of us that will fast and pray until God brings revival!!
I believer our nation needs some of us that will fast and pray until God Brings revival!!
See Daniel 9
There are fears to escape

II. THERE IS A FAITH TO EMBRACE-vs. 1

A. The word believe is a life altering word!

The Word believe means “to think to be true, to be persuaded off, to have confidence in.” Literally, the word means “to exercise faith in someone or something.” This verse speaks of two kinds of beliefs or faith.

B. There Is Sustaining Faith

- “Ye believe in God” -
This is the kind of faith that will bring you through the valleys!
This kind of faith believes that God exists and that He is in absolute control of all things.
When it comes to God, we can have faith:

1. His Promises

Romans 8:28 KJV 1900
28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

If the Lord be with us, we have no cause of fear. His eye is upon us, his arm over us, his ear open to our prayer; his grace sufficient, his promise unchangeable. Under his protection, though the path of duty should lie through fire and water, we may cheerfully and confidently pursue it.

JOHN NEWTON

300 Sermon Illustrations from Charles Spurgeon God’s Promises like Keys (Genesis 32:12; Judges 6:36; 2 Samuel 7:25; 2 Peter 1:4)

God’s Promises Like Keys

Genesis 32:12; Judges 6:36; 2 Samuel 7:25; 2 Peter 1:4

Preaching Themes: God: Mercy, Promises

There is, in the Bible, a promise just exactly suited to your case, so mind that you find it. Did you never send for a locksmith to open a drawer because you had lost the key, and could not open it? He comes with a great bunch of rusty keys—very like God’s promises, which you have allowed to get rusty through not using them—and first he tries one key, and then another, and another, until, at last, he gets the right one, and the treasures in your drawers are spread open before you.

It is just so with the treasures of God’s mercy. There is one special promise in Scripture that will fit the wards of the lock of your experience. You must try promise after promise until, at last, you get the right one, and then you can say to the Lord, as Jacob did, “You yourself said” (Gen 32:12).

2. His Power

Isaiah 40:12 KJV 1900
12 Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, And meted out heaven with the span, And comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, And weighed the mountains in scales, And the hills in a balance?
Hebrews 11:3 KJV 1900
3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
Ephesians 3:20 KJV 1900
20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

3. His Plans

Psalm 37:23–24 KJV 1900
23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: And he delighteth in his way. 24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: For the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.
Psalm 37:25 KJV 1900
25 I have been young, and now am old; Yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his seed begging bread.
Jeremiah 29:11 KJV 1900
11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
If you can ever learn to trust God completely, without reservation, then you have the very tool you need to loosen fear’s grip on your life!
As soon as you and I come to the place where you know God will do as He has promised and you leave life up to Him and His will, then you are free!
Friends, you can trust the Lord!

C. There Is Saving Faith

- “Believe also in Me” -
It isn’t enough just to believe that there is a God. After all, the devils also believe that and they aren’t saved, James 2:19.
James 2:19 KJV 1900
19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
To be a saved, a person must believe the Gospel message.
1 Corinthians 15:3–4 KJV 1900
3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

III. THERE IS A FUTURE TO ENVISION-vs. 2-3

A. It Includes A Perfect Place

- “In My Father’s house are many mansions” -
We need to remember that we are not home yet! While the troubles and trials we face are part of this earthly existence, they will not follow us where we are headed! Praise God, the burdens of life are temporary at best.

B. It Includes A Prepared Place

- “I go to prepare a place for you
- Ill. This world and all its wonders. It was made by the hand of the Lord in just 6 days. Oh, how glorious and wonderful Heaven must be! After all, he’s had over 2,000 years to work on it! It will be far greater than our feeble, human minds can comprehend
Revelation 21:4 KJV 1900
4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
1. Rev. 21:4 and 2. John 14:3. (Note: By the way, Heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people! Are you prepared for that place?)

C. It Includes A Powerful Promise

- “I will come again” - Everyday you and I live with one of the greatest promises the world has ever known as our support. We have our Savior’s promise that He will personally return to receive His people unto Himself one day, v. 3;
1 Thessalonians 4:16–17 KJV 1900
16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
Revelation 4:1–3 KJV 1900
1 After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter. 2 And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. 3 And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.
Revelation 22:20 KJV 1900
20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

Conclusion:

I would like to conclude these remarks this morning by asking you a few simple questions:
1. What are you afraid of today? If you will come to Him, the Lord can and will replace your fear with His precious peace!
2. What are you trusting in to take you to Heaven? Everybody believes in something! Have you ever trusted Jesus as your personal Savior? If not, you can be saved if you will come to Him by faith.
3. Are you able to get your eyes above your trials, and see the gates of home? If the burdens of life have gotten you down, I invite you to come before the Lord and let Him help you cast your gaze higher than this earth.
There is always help and hope in Him!
Regardless of what you need today, you will find your answer in Him.
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