I’ve had my share of trouble. Not intellectual, or physical, but my spirit is troubled. Perhaps you relate?
As Christians we each endure through seasons, some rough and some are mountain top experiences. So today you may not have a troubled spirit, but tomorrow and its worries may lead to “complications” and a troubled spirit. Perhaps your life’s workload is too much to bear? Maybe your future and plans after college are overwhelming every time you think about it? You’re your relationship with your husband or boyfriend is wavering? Being single concerns you? Maybe you are too involved in _______________ (you fill in the blank)?
There is HOPE.
“When Jesus had said these things, He was troubled in spirit and testified and said, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, one of you will betray Me.” John 13:21
Therefore, when Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her weeping, He groaned in the spirit and was troubled.” John 11: 33
“Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour.” John 12: 27
Jesus was fully human and fully God.
“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.” Philippians 2: 5-8
He had emotions, “feelings”, all 5 senses, he was tempted as we are…think of your circumstance or trouble today…Know this: He has been there, and He can relate, if you allow Him to.
“For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all [points] tempted as [we are], [yet] without sin.” Hebrews 4:15
Jesus Himself foresaw what the future held for Him, and yet His spirit was troubled (This giving both evidence and a relationship to all mankind.) It is important that we as Christians are quick to identify the condition of our Spirit and follow Him in experiencing freedom through the troubles. (See below….)
#1: Surrender the trouble to Jesus. Genuinely, give up the battle and seek to walk and live in His righteousness.
“Come to Me, all [you] who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke [is] easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11: 28-30
[Notice Jesus said “learn from Me”…activate your faith and seek to learn from Him. A good place to start is to read the Gospel accounts of the life of Jesus.]
#2: Believe (with faith) in Jesus and His ability to calm the storm when it rages. Remember He is at rest in the back of your boat. (Matthew 8 )
“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.” John 14:1
#3: Accept the Peace that Jesus has offered to us. He doesn’t offer it to us like the world does, but He keeps the offer on the table to take as much as you’d like or need to face the trouble; and the inventory never runs low.
“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
#4: Shut up, and seek His purifying holiness! My heart is soo heavy for soo many things, and so often we share our thoughts with people…but be honest – they could care less! I don’t say that in a rude manner, but comparing it to Jesus and having His ear….our sisters and brothers really can’t and shouldn’t fill that hole! Speak to Jesus!
[Also, (from my personal experience) when I “fast” from sharing freely with people, I noticed they rarely ask, and it puts into perspective who my troubled heart needs to call to.]
“Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest [your] hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, [as] in your ignorance; but as He who called you [is] holy, you also be holy in all [your] conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” 1 Peter 1: 13-16
#5 Take every thought captive. Don’t let the enemy claim the victory that Jesus has won for our sake. Shame satan with the disciplined, unflinching, obedience you have in Christ.
“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.” 2 Corinthians 10: 4-6
So lets see when Jesus asks us……
“Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts?” Luke 24:38
My response should be…..
“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. “ Hebrews 4: 16
……Continue to practice these things and work out your salvation with both fear and trembling…Until He returns..