Walking close with God (Session 5: Heart that believes in God)
Note:- These are the outline notes of the Bible Class Close Walk with God (Session 5) at IPC Medical College Church on 30/12/2015 10AM. The verses used here are from KJV and NKJV. You can contact me here for any clarifications, doubts or corrections. This is subject to change anytime and will be updated if needed. You may share this link to others. Praying that this will minister to you and may these notes be a blessing to many. In Christ, Donny
Dealing with a troubled heart
John 14:1 Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.
These are the very words of Jesus, spoken to the disciples, before He left this world in physical form. If we analyse the context of this scripture, we will get to know more about this particular verse and the depth of the Word of God. Whenever we read the Word of God, we have to make sure, we pray and read. Also we need the help of the Holy Spirit in understanding the real meaning of the words of God, because Holy Spirit is the Author of the Bible. It is a great privilege to have with us, the Holy Spirit in person, to explain us the scriptures. So let us have a close look at these words of Jesus Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. To whom was He speaking to? When did He say this? Why did He say this? What is the meaning of this sentence? This notes are intended to help you understand the secrets hidden in this statement of Jesus. Are you ready?
Let’s begin with a word of prayer. Father, help us understand the true meaning of this verse. Holy Spirit, teach us! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
The Context of this Verse
Before beginning to meditate this verse, let’s analyse the context of this sentence. By context, I mean, the background of this scripture. The place where it is written, the people involved, the time of conversation, etc.
People Involved:- Jesus, and His 11 disciples. Judas already left in John 13: 30 (Having received the piece of bread, he then went out immediately. And it was night.)
Place where this happened:- A large, furnished upper room, where Jesus and His disciples has their Last Supper (Luke 22:7-13)
Time:- Since this was the Last Supper at night, we can assume this conversation may have happened between 9PM and morning 6AM.
Now you may have understood the context of this verse. Jesus, and His 11 disciples, gathered in a room. Next day, Jesus would be arrested and crucified. In short, the last few hours with the disciples. Last 3.5 years, Jesus spent His time with the disciples, and the time has come for Him to leave this world and go back to the Father. Jesus, knowing this, assembled in a room, and was having His farewell speech. Jesus was giving His last instructions to the disciples. This is a very important conversation. And by His grace, Holy Spirit have recorded the conversation in John Chapters 13,14,15,16,17. Thank you Jesus!
Why did Jesus say, Let not your heart be troubled?
The disciples’ heart were troubled, confused, sad and worried. Hence Jesus was comforting them. Jesus knew that His disciples were in a troubled situation, a total chaos. So Jesus comforts them by giving a commandment, Let not your heart be troubled.
Why were the disciples’ heart troubled?
For each and every question we have regarding this portion, we need to ask the Holy Spirit, and He will show us the scripture, where it is written. Why were the disciples’ heart troubled? The answer is in John 16:6.
John 16: 6 But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart.
Therefore the disciples were troubled in heart, because they heard from Jesus, that He was about to go back to the Father. Where does He say that? It is said in many portions. Eg: John 13:1; John 13:33; John 13:28; John 16:5 etc
Jesus had been with the disciples for the last 3.5 years. The disciples left everything to follow Him. So whenever they were in need of money, food, healing, miracle they used to approach Jesus and He was their all in all. They were courageous because Jesus was with them. In times of storm, He would command the storm to be calm. In times of demonic manifestations, He would command the evil spirits to shut up. Such a powerful leader! Suddenly when they heard that Jesus was about to go back to the Father, they couldn’t hold it anymore. They were totally feeling hopeless, a total chaos. Aren’t we also sometimes like this, on hearing the departure of a closed one? Almost the same feeling and even more sorrow has filled their heart.
How did Jesus comfort them?
Jesus being God himself, knew the situation of their heart. So his first step was deal with this problem, the problem of a troubled heart. Let’s see how Jesus did it. Inorder to understand more of this verse, we need to start reading right from John 13:1. In the last 2 verses of this chapter (John 13), we see Peter asking Jesus why he wouldn’t be able to follow Him. Jesus told about the denial of Peter. And after this statement, I believe, Peter might have been in a little more confused state. So Jesus tells his disciples, Let not your heart be troubled.
“Let not your heart be troubled”
First, let us understand this verse. This phrase looks like a commandment. Jesus warns them about the nature of a human heart. By heart, it means the mind, thoughts and feelings of a person, not the heart which beats in our body. The power to control our mind is within us. So Jesus tells them, do not allow your heart be troubled. The reason being, if it is troubled, we cannot enjoy true peace. Peace of mind is the opposite of a troubled heart. Jesus wanted His disciples to be at peace in heart. That’s why He again tells about the Divine Peace in John 14:27
John 14:27 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.
There are two kinds of peace
- The peace which the world gives (peace which is dependent on the things we posses in this world)
- The peace which God gives (the peace we have is dependent on the relationship with Jesus; also known as The Peace of God, My Peace)
In other words, Jesus was trying to teach them, how to receive this Divine peace.
The first step is to guard our heart.
Prov 4:23 Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. [NIV]
True peace comes when we start to guard our hearts and allow it not be troubled by the things of this world. What are the things of the world that troubles us? Finance, Job, Marriage, Food, Career, Health etc. These are the things which the worldly people are worried about. As long as your heart is on these things, you can never enjoy true peace and happiness. Read Matt 6: 19-34 to learn more on these. That is why Jesus said,
Matt 6: 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Where is your heart today?
Matt 6: 31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Believe in God
This is the solution to the problem mentioned above. Jesus commanded us not be troubled in heart. Instead we should have more faith in God. To believe means to accept (something) as true; feel sure of the truth of. So, believe in God means? The answer is in Heb 11: 6
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
Therefore, to believe in God, means to trust completely in God and Jesus Christ for everything. So what was Jesus telling the disciples? Jesus was warning them not to trust in worldly possessions, but to trust in God. This is the key!
The more we trust (believe, faith in) God, the more abundant will be the peace of God
How to practice this?
The way to practice this is given in another portion of the Bible, Phil 4:6,7
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
The next time, when we are worried about job, career, finance, wealth, health, instead of worrying, pray about it. In other words, replace your WORRIES with WORD and PRAYER. Tell God all your worries, and speak the WORD of GOD into your life. Then the result will be the PEACE of GOD, which is beyond human imagination. Meditate the above verse, you will get the depth of this principle.
Apply the Word of God
When you are sick, say The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. Isaiah 53:5
When you don’t have money, say And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus Phil 4:19
When you feel lonely say, I am with you always, even to the end of the age Matt 28:20b
When you are afraid, say Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ Isaiah 41:10
When you feel you can’t go anymore, say I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Phil 4:13
This is how you practice faith in God by applying the Word of God into your lives. For doing this, you need to diligently read and meditate the word of God on a daily basis, else your heart will be troubled and satan can easily put you down.
Rom 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
The more you understand the word of God, the more faith you will have.
Will you do this?
Assurance of Eternal Home
Jesus knew that they were troubled because of His going back. After Jesus tells them not to worry, He gives them a promise. What a lovely Lord! See the next verse.
John 14:2,3 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. 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.
After dealing with their problem of the heart, he tells them of their future. The real future, of the eternal abode with the Father in heaven. A bright hope into the future! What more does a troubled heart needs? Jesus tells them plainly about his reason of going back. That is, to prepare a place for them in heaven.
Here, we see a beautiful shift from WORLD to HEAVEN. Till then, they were more focused on the miracles and the wonderful works of Jesus. Now Jesus shifted their focus to God and the Heavenly things. This is an amazing truth. Our minds needs to be set on the things above
Col 3:1,2 If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.
This is the key – Set your hearts upon God and Heaven and the Promises of God. Store your treasures in heaven, therefore you will have your heart there. Whenever you do anything in this world for God and in the name of Jesus, you are storing your treasures in Heaven. This is a highly spiritual standard. Once you start practicing this, you will start analysing everything from God’s point of view, because you are seated in heavenly places with Christ. And you will know the depth of the below verse
Rom 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
This is a secret- All things which happen in your life, works together for good, if you love God and if you are called according to His purpose. Do you believe that?
How to attain the Divine peace?
These are 4 simple steps
- Do not allow any circumstances in this world to trouble your heart.
- Believe in God. Have more faith in God. Read/Hear the Word and increase your Faith
- Instead of Worrying, Pray and Meditate the Word of God
- Set your mind on things above (which is eternal)
Will you do that?
Father, Please help us to trust in you completely. Help us to set our minds on your relationship and the things of the kingdom of God. Help us not to worry but help us to pray instead. Please increase our faith in you and your Word. Lord. we are sorry for trusting too much in worldly possessions. Teach us to store our treasures in heaven. Thank you Jesus. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.