Faith or Fear: A Choice

John 14

The Way, the Truth, and the Life

1 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. 4 And where I go you know, and the way you know.”
5 Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?”

6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

 

The Gift of His Peace

25 “These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. 26 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. 27 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. 28 You have heard Me say to you, ‘I am going away and coming back to you.’ If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, ‘I am going to the Father,’ for My Father is greater than I.

 

The Position of The Heart

Twice in this chapter, Jesus says, “Let not your heart be troubled.”  Once in verse 1 and again in verse 27.  The words,let not, show that we have control over our heart and the position that we allow our it to be in.  We should not allow our heart to be in a troubling position.

Why?

Well, the answer is simple…Jesus said so.

He knows what is best for us even when we don’t understand it.  But to those who need more than, because He said so…when our hearts are troubled we close the door to God through faith and open the door to our enemy, Satan through fear.  Many of the things that we deal with today are because of the position that our hearts are in.  Our loving Father desires to keep us free from captivity and that is why Jesus says many of the things that He does to us.

We must learn to pay attention to the way that He speak to us also.

Anything that Jesus says if worth pondering over.  Even His statements would speak volumes to us and change our lives is we took more time to understand what it was that He said.  When looking at what He said in verses 1 and 27, it truly doesn’t sound like a request.  Instead it seems more like a command.  “Let not your heart be troubled.”

It may seem to be a simple task but if we take an honest look at it, a question arises.

How do we do that?

Jesus’ would not tell us to do something if He were not going to tell us how to do it.  Right after He tells us what to do,  He says that one is to have faith.  “You believe in God, believe also in Me.”  If we break it down and ponder His words, we would hear a clear message…”TRUST ME.”

Trust me…

These words are ones that I don’t normally receive to well.  When I hear someone say them, the verbal statement cause me to wonder whether or not the person is being honest.; so in response, I do the opposite. Yet, when I read this chapter, I thought and asked myself that perhaps the ones that I should be trusting are the ones who step out and courageously say, “Trust me.”  If I look to the word and to Jesus, it would seem so.

Choosing Faith Over Fear

Now that we know what to do, we must find ways of applying the word of God to our lives that we may do as our Lord Jesus has directed.

Though there may be feelings in the heart of fear, a person’s intellect may be inclined to think that they are really standing in faith, but it is possible that they are deceived.

The words that proceed out of the mouth of an individual will indicate the position of their heart.  There fore the first thing that a person should do if they are determinded to live fear free is …

  1. Watch their words.  Listen to the words that are being said.  Evaluate them.  Are they words of fear or words of faith.
  2. Think about the reasons for the words and determine to speak words of life.  Ask why these words are being said.
  3. Change the way you think.  Purposely catch yourself in a thought and evaluate it.  Is it a thought that produces faith or fear.  Read the word of God and your mind will be renewed.
  4. Be Honest.  If  words, reasons, and thoughts are fear based, the heart is not in a position of faith.
  5. Ask God to help change the position of your heart. Through prayer, reading the word, and purposley apply what is read to you life, the position of your heart will change.

By taking these steps walking in faith becomes a way of life that changes the heart’s position and brings Glory to God.

 

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