When My Heart is Overwhelmed, Part 2 By Teresa Fields
John 14:1 (AMPC):
DO NOT let your hearts be troubled (distressed, agitated). You believe in and adhere to and trust in and rely on God; believe in and adhere to and trust in and rely also on Me.
Jesus knows our hearts so well. He was speaking to His disciples and preparing them to go on with His ministry after He departed to Heaven. They were troubled by the events that were about to happen, but He gave them comfort and assurance that all would be well if they trusted in Him. This verse begins with direct instruction to them and to all believers: “Do not let your hearts be troubled.” The Amplified version expands this to say, “Do not let your hearts be distressed or agitated.”
Let’s look at some definitions of these words to fully grasp what Jesus was saying. In Webster’s 1828 Dictionary, troubled can mean ‘disturbed, agitated, afflicted or annoyed.’ Agitated is defined as ‘tossed from side to side or shaken.’ When one is distressed, he may be ‘suffering great pain, be severely afflicted, harassed, or oppressed with calamity or misfortune.’ Remember, Jesus is telling us not to allow our hearts to be troubled, agitated, or distressed by any of these things.
This may sound too hard to do for most of us. But, what is impossible for men is absolutely possible with God! And not only possible, but doable. We have Jesus Himself living on the inside of us. Through His death, burial, and resurrection, He has defeated all of our enemies. So, His victory is now our victory! All of our enemies have been defeated and put under the feet of Jesus. Because we are His body in the earth, our enemies are also under our feet! This takes us from a victim mentality to a victor mentality. We are victorious over fear and distress when we understand that they are conquered foes. Jesus told His disciples to have courage when they faced opposition and trials in life, especially after His Resurrection.
He told them in John 16:33:
These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.
The Amplified Bible expands this verse to say:
I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]
In the last article, you can see that God tells us not to fear because He already knows that our enemy uses fear to intimidate us. However, it can only harm those who allow fear to become part of their thoughts and beliefs. Situations that cause a response of fear in our hearts must be dealt with by using the Truth of the Word of God. Take the words of Jesus and declare over your problem: “Jesus, You said that I can have perfect peace no matter what trials or distress arise in my life. I have your joy in this situation because You have already conquered this for me and it has no power to harm me!”
Jesus also gave us this promise in John 14:27:
Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid…
You can also say, “Lord Jesus, you gave me Your peace, so I will not let my heart be troubled or afraid.” The peace Jesus gave all His followers is much more powerful than any fear or distress. The Apostle Paul called it the peace that passes all understanding in Philippians 4:7 that guards our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Here is one final promise to help you not allow your heart to be troubled.
1 Corinthians 15:57 says:
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
When the enemy tries to make you overwhelmed, turn to the Lord and receive His peace as you declare these scriptures. Refuse to let your heart be troubled or agitated, and the joy of the Lord will be your strength!
Be Strong In The Lord,