Community: A New Address

Community: A New Address

A New Address

Identification; Stress; Anxiety; Fear; Peace; Assurance; Love; Obedience

John 14; John 14:1; John 14:6; John 14:12–14; John 14:27

Jesus gives us peace as the way, the truth, and the life.

 

Who me – worry?

This week’s text really spoke to me this week. In today’s text we find Jesus talking to the Disciples in the upper room at the last supper, trying to comfort them as they wrestle with the news that he is leaving them and they can’t go with him. This news is sure to be overwhelming.

You know what’s it’s like to be overwhelmed? Scripture calls it being heavy hearted… we call it worrying or anxiety. It’s been something I’ve been dealing with the last couple of months. What me – Worry?

You see, I’ve been having a hard time sleeping lately. I’m not sure if it is because of my trip to Sierra Leone, my kids growing up, our taxes, or what; but it seems pretty regular that I wake up around 3-4 am and can’t get back to sleep. I lay in bed tossing and turning, all sorts of things racing through my head.

Often times I’ll get up, get a glass of water, go to the bathroom, and try to go back to sleep… nothing. I’ll stare at my phone, thinking I should watch Netflix… that usually helps me fall asleep when I’m in my recliner. I don’t, but I just think about it. Time seems to just drag on by. Rolling around trying to get comfortable, but my mind won’t put down what I want it to leave behind. I think about writing it down, that has worked in the past, but I don’t have paper. I just think about it some more instead.

I don’t know if you’ve ever been there, I’m sure you have, but the sense of being overwhelmed makes it hard to think about anything but being overwhelmed. It doesn’t matter what caused it either. It can be a test you have tomorrow, it can be an appointment, trouble you had with a person yesterday – wishing you had handled it better, financial obligations that are days – or even a month – away from being due; any one of these can become an overwhelming trouble to our heart.

Jesus starts this chapter addressing this very thing.

John 14:1 NIV
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.

Jesus makes it sound like we have a choice… like worry is optional.

IF worry is a choice, I think it’s wise to consider where worries come from

Hurts from yesterday

For the disciples one thing that has them heavy hearted is they are thinking of all they have given up.

– all they’ve left behind – jobs, families, businesses, homes

This looking back can create worries and anxieties for us as well as we think about the hurts from yesterday.

Lost job,

friend hurt me,

God let me down,

Bad financial decision,

missed opportunity.

Troubles of today

Jesus says he’s leaving – Thomas wanting directions

John 14:5 NLT
“No, we don’t know, Lord,” Thomas said. “We have no idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

We can easily find ourselves overwhelmed with our situation.

Didn’t think life turn out this way, Stuck marriage, job, financially.

Hurts from the past, today’s troubles… as well as

Anxiety over tomorrow

can prove to be overwhelming….

That’s why Philip wanting assurances

John 14:8 NIV
Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”

Because he isn’t sure he can live into tomorrow. You see the disciples are worried that they are going to be wanted men. If Jesus leaves them, or is killed, they are next.

They want some assurance that everything is going to be ok

Fear of losing job, Afraid I can’t get it all done, Debt growing

 

We worry for all sorts of reasons; but I believe there is a better reason not to worry.

You see, peace comes as a result of trusting. And when we fail to trust, we fail to have peace. That’s why Jesus warns his people again and again, not to worry.
It’s never described explicitly as a sin, but worry is certainly far short of God’s plan for our lives, in fact, His plan is for us to trust him.

Puppy scared…master’s presence brings peace

So how do we build the kind of trust that drives out worry?

First:

 

Remember God’s faithfulness – John 14:9-11

Jesus replies to Philip’s concern:

vs 9

The New International Version Chapter 14
“Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.

Christ saved you – Answered your prayer – Provided for you – Read a verse – Heard a song – Message just for you

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Call out to God today – John 14:12-14

John 14:14 ESV
If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.

Jesus is waiting for them…. for us to call out to him.

Depths of your soul.

God can handle it.

Cast your cares on him!

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Trust his promises for tomorrow – John 14:16-21

The New International Version Chapter 14
I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—17 the Spirit of truth.

You aren’t going to be alone!

The bible is full of God’s promises.

Trusting God with our past, our present, and our future builds our faith; and it is this faith that gives us peace. This peace that comes through faith is different than than the peace we get else where.

I remember when our kids were young, they didn’t get that afraid of monsters or such, but when they did, I would always walk with them into the closet so they could see that nothing was there

This is the world’s idea of peace…. an absence of the thing that causes us fear or worry. But peace that comes from faith is different.

Jesus tells his disciples this very thing.

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John 14:27 NIV
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

What’s unique about His peace

First Jesus has Peace with God – right relationship… peace we get as Christians – while we were enemies of God because of our sin – through faith in Christ, we know our past is forgiven and out future is secure.

Jesus also possesses Peace from God – divine peace… transcends our situation…Jesus knew what was about to happen, yet here he is comforting others… that is divine peace… it doesn’t depend on situations

Give you – not offer you – not earned, but given

This is a peace that is given, to all who believe.

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