As the noise and excitement of the crowds faded into the night, Jesus looked His inner circle in the eyes and said:
“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.” – John 14:1 NKJV
They were already disciples. They witnessed the miracles. They saw the healings. They heard the demons scream in retreat. They felt the mist of the calming sea. They knew Jesus; but He asked them to go beyond the excitement of the events and believe…in Him. He knew their faith would be tested in the furnace of fear and disappointment. To prepare them, Jesus declared Himself to be “the way, the truth, and the life” and genuine belief in Him meant:
- A future home in Heaven
- A direct connection to the Father
- An attentive ear to their prayers
- The affirmation of the Holy Spirit
- The help of the Holy Spirit
- The comfort of the Holy Spirit
- The guidance of the Holy Spirit
And then He encouraged them with these powerful words:
“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.” – John 14:27 NKJV
Excitement fades, but His peace endures for those who believe…in Him.
John 14:27 was the verse God gave me in 2014, when I dealt with my first bout of cancer. Was a rocky ride, that year. But the peace of His presence was a sustaining thing, for sure.
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Your story is one of faithfulness indeed-God’s sustaining faithfulness and you holding onto Him! Thanks for the comment my friend!