June 8, 2017

John 14:1 (NLT) — 1 “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.

Jesus is talking directly to us. We know this because he says ‘your’. Sometimes when we hear a sermon we think, “Joe needs to hear that or I wish my husband would hear this or ______________ would benefit from this”. Hey just maybe it was for us!

I got the idea for what I just said from this passage of scripture in Deuteronomy:

Deuteronomy 11:1–5 (NLT) — 1 “You must love the Lord your God and always obey his requirements, decrees, regulations, and commands. 2 Keep in mind that I am not talking now to your children, who have never experienced the discipline of the Lord your God or seen his greatness and his strong hand and powerful arm. 3 They didn’t see the miraculous signs and wonders he performed in Egypt against Pharaoh and all his land. 4 They didn’t see what the Lord did to the armies of Egypt and to their horses and chariots—how he drowned them in the Red Sea as they were chasing you. He destroyed them, and they have not recovered to this very day! 5 “Your children didn’t see how the Lord cared for you in the wilderness until you arrived here.

Deuteronomy 11:7–8 (NLT) — 7 But you have seen the Lord perform all these mighty deeds with your own eyes! 8 “Therefore, be careful to obey every command I am giving you today, so you may have strength to go in and take over the land you are about to enter.

As adult Christians we have experienced life with the Lord. We have seen him supply all of our needs and lift us up when we were down. We have benefitted from answered prayers and we know that he has never run out on us. So we really have no excuse for letting our hearts be troubled, aggravated, distraught, or frazzled. At this point in our lives our trust in God and Jesus should be rock solid. We need to take this word to heart after all isn’t it the word that strengthens our heart. This is why we are memorizing so that we have heart strength.

Hebrews 5:12 (NLT) — 12 You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food.

Verse 8 in the above verses says that as we obey we will have strength, strength to seize the day. Our memory verse says to trust so lets obey and trust so that we might receive strength. Trouble hearts are an easy target for the enemy to conquer.

Warren Wiersbe, “Instead of focusing on the threats around you, focus on the throne above you.”

Isaiah 40:31 (NLT) — 31 But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.

Be Inspired Hilltop!



  1. You are so right! We have no excuse for letting our hearts be anything but strengthened, especially because we have a Helper. We are not expected to do this on our own. I will trust God first in my troubles, aggravation, distress, weariness and focus on the throne. Good stuff. Thanks.