Series: Discovering the Life Changing Gospel
Leaving All Your Troubles Behind
John 14:1–14 (HCSB)
1 “Your heart must not be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if not, I would have told you. I am going away to prepare a place for you. 3 If I go away and prepare a place for you, I will come back and receive you to Myself, so that where I am you may be also. 4 You know the way to where I am going.” 5 “Lord,” Thomas said, “we don’t know where You’re going. How can we know the way?” 6 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. 7 “If you know Me, you will also know My Father. From now on you do know Him and have seen Him.” 8 “Lord,” said Philip, “show us the Father, and that’s enough for us.” 9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been among you all this time without your knowing Me, Philip? The one who has seen Me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me? The words I speak to you I do not speak on My own. The Father who lives in Me does His works. 11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me. Otherwise, believe because of the works themselves. 12 “I assure you: The one who believes in Me will also do the works that I do. And he will do even greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 Whatever you ask in My name, I will do it so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.”
We can leave our troubled hearts behind because of:
1. THE PROVISION JESUS HAS IN STORE FOR US (14:1-6)
• The Person
• The Place
• The Preparation
• The Proclamation
2. THE PRESENCE OF THE FATHER IN US (14:7-11)
• Jesus once again proclaims His deity.
• The indwelling presence of God in us is real and present.
• One must only look at His works in us to verify this truth.
3. THE PROMISE OF ANSWERED PRAYER FOR US (14:12-14)
• Connected with Jesus allows us to be a part of greater works, not in power, but in extent.
• What does it mean to ask in prayer in Jesus name?
1) We ask for kingdom purposes, not selfish reasons.
2) We ask based on God’s abilities and worthiness, not our own.
3) We ask in pursuit of God’s glory, not ours.
There are troubles waiting for us every day and we can be overwhelmed by the volume of them. Jesus has provided all we need to leave our troubles behind as we trust in His promises.