by Roby Ellis
[Scripture Reading: John 14:1-6]
A. Never has there been a time void of troubles.
B. In spite of the troubling circumstances that the disciples faced, Jesus told them, “Let not your heart be troubled” (John 14:1).
C. Even though we may be living in troubled times, there is no need for us to have troubled hearts.
I. In troubled times, we must keep the faith.
A. Jesus told His disciples, “You believe in God, believe also in Me” (John 14:1).
B. Although this was a troubling day, the worst of their troubles were yet to come (John 15:18-21; 16:1-4; 1 Corinthians 4:9-13).
C. Paul’s life was also troubled (2 Corinthians 11:24-33), but he kept the faith to the end (2 Timothy 4:7).
II. It is encouraging to know that we are never alone.
A. Jesus promised that the Father would send the “Helper,” Who is the Holy Spirit (John 14:16-17,26; 15:26-27; 16:6-14).
B. They would not be left as orphans (John 14:18-21).
C. Although absent in body, the Lord is always with His disciples (Matthew 28:20; Hebrews 13:5-6; 2 Timothy 4:16-18; John 16:32).
D. Even in our darkest moments, we are never really alone.
A. When Jesus made this speech, He delivered it to men with worried hearts (John 14:1,27; 16:6,12).
B. Jesus encouraged them, offering them peace (14:27), joy (14:28), confidence (15:16), and assurance of God’s love (14:21).
C. No matter what you may be dealing with in the world, remember that Jesus said, “Be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”