My Grace is sufficient for you
God faithfully supplies His grace to every area of our lives. His grace is flowing freely…until we choke the flow by allowing the devil to get us worried and troubled!
Worrying is the opposite of faith
On the night that our Lord Jesus was betrayed, on the night that He entered into His passion and suffered for us, He said to His disciples:
John 14:27 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.
This is not easy it is work, you need to work on this, you need to say to God ”Lord I give you my trouble, I believe you will sort it out, you need to say it over and over until something happens, you need to say it until something changes, press till something changes pray til something changes, say within yourself, I will see this through until Gods kingdom come and His will is done.
Jesus’ last will, and the greatest gift, that He wanted to leave behind for His disciples before His crucifixion was the gift of peace.
Our Lord is called the King of Salem. (Hebrews 7:2) “Salem” means “peace”. He is also called the Prince of Peace. When He was on earth, He walked in such peace that He was always in control. They tried to stone Him once, but He just walked through the midst of them unharmed. (John 8:59) No one could touch Him. He had perfect and absolute peace.
The devil ruffled up a storm in the Sea of Galilee, but Jesus just continued sleeping in the boat. The devil’s attack did not wake Him, only the cry of His disciples did. (Mark 4:35–41) Even in His death, He was in control. No one took His life from Him. He laid down His life. (John 10:17–18) He made the choice in the garden to lay down His life for us.
The Shalom (Peace) Of God Jesus was and is always in perfect control. And one of the reasons He was so powerful was that He walked in the shalom (peace) of God. The word “peace” in John 14:27 is the word “shalom” in Hebrew. It means wellness, wholeness, completeness, as well as peace of heart and mind. So having shalom means having every part of you—spirit, soul and body—well.
So what did Jesus mean when He said, “Shalom I leave with you. Not the world’s shalom, but My shalom”? This is what He meant: “The shalom you saw Me living in; the shalom you saw Me sleep in, in that boat; the shalom you saw Me walk in, in the midst of the people who wanted to stone Me; the shalom that renders the devil powerless to touch Me; this shalom, My shalom, I give to you.”
Shalom (Hebrew: שָׁלוֹם shalom; also spelled as sholom, sholem, sholoim, shulem) is a Hebrew word meaning peace, harmony, wholeness, completeness, prosperity, welfare and tranquility and can be used idiomatically to mean both hello and goodbye.
Guard Your Heart ♥ Above All Else
“But Pastor Lydia, if Jesus has given me this peace, why am I still so troubled and worried about many things?”
It is because you have allowed your heart to be troubled. Notice that immediately after Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you…”, He said, “Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” You have to let not your heart be troubled or afraid. The Lord cannot “let not” for you. Your wife cannot “let not” for you. I cannot “let not” for you. You have to “let not” yourself!
Many people are guarding their finances, careers, children, health and so on. But the Lord does not want us to guard these things. Instead, He wants us to guard our hearts:
Proverbs 4:23, NIV
Above all else, guard your heart ♥, for it is the wellspring of life.
We are to guard our hearts above all else. If we will guard that which is inside (He cannot guard that for us), God will guard all the other things on the outside. If we will let not our hearts be troubled or afraid, righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit will start flowing in our hearts. That is actually seeking first the kingdom of God, and all those things on the outside that we need will be added to us! (Matthew 6:33)
By guarding your heart is to meditate on the word of GOD
This should bring us relief. We don’t have to worry about so many things. Learn to trust God. We just have to guard our hearts. People make foolish decisions when their hearts are troubled. They do things that they would otherwise not do. So guard your heart. The Lord said to me once that if we will guard our hearts from being troubled or afraid, then if it is a miracle we need, a miracle we will get!
The way you guard your heart from being troubled and afraid is to quote John 14:27. Whenever trouble comes to your heart or you feel fearful, say, “I will let not my heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” And you will release the power for the fulfillment of the verse. The peace of God will start flowing in your heart.
His Grace At Its Best
We all have our areas of weaknesses and strengths. What troubles me may not trouble you and vice versa. The devil knows which buttons to push for each one of us.
You need to learn how the devil work that you can stand against him
For example, while I may at times worry about my daughter because I love her so much, I pray and say “Lord I cant be with her but I know you are with her, thank you for guiding her, thank you that the Holy Spirit is her helper in times of need. Your grace is sufficient for her
In fact, the Lord said to me recently, “Lydia, have you noticed that the devil cannot get you in the areas of your life that you are not concerned about? The areas that you are not troubled about are the areas where you see My grace at its best, My blessings at their richest.”
When He said that, I began to realize that there were other areas besides finances that I was not troubled about and where God’s grace flowed freely.
Some people think that their problems are too small for God to handle. “I am too embarrassed to tell God what troubles me. It is just a pimple that has been there for a few weeks.” Listen, if it causes your heart to be troubled, it is not a small thing! God wants you to cast it to Him. He does not want your heart troubled by anything, big or small. And if you will cast it to Him and let not your heart be troubled, His grace will flow freely in that area of your life.
The Spirit Teaches Us On The Wavelength Of Peace
Another thing I want you to notice is that just before Jesus talks about giving His disciples His peace, He talks about the Holy Spirit’s guidance:
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. Peace I leave with you…
Jesus is telling us that the Holy Spirit teaches us all things on the wavelength of peace. In other words, if you guard your heart from being troubled by a problem, if you refuse to worry about it and just abide in His peace, the Holy Spirit will “teach you all things”. He will show you the way out of the situation!
Don’t be anxious. There is no use praying worried prayers. Just tell the Lord about the problem and cast your cares to Him, knowing that He cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7) Let it go. Then, thank the Lord that He has heard you and is doing something about the problem. If you do this and refuse to be troubled, “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus”. Remember: The devil cannot handle a peaceful Christian.
And perfect love (Jesus Love)—knowing this perfect love—will cast out every fear in your life. (1 John 4:18) Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to your stature? (Matthew 6:27) So let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid, and the grace of God will flow freely in your life, causing you to see His blessings at their richest!
……….will cast out every fear in your life. (1 John 4:18)