John 14 Lesson

Finding Peace In A Troubled World

In Chapter 14, Jesus teaches His disciples how to find peace in a troubled world. As Jesus prepared for His sacrifice on the cross, He understood that His absence was going to have a significant effect on His disciples. He understood that His disciples were going to feel afraid, confused, and alone, so He reassured them:

  • “Do not let your hearts be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me.” – John 14:1.

In today’s lesson, we will look at four reasons Christians have to find peace in a troubled world:

  1. Jesus overcame the world!
  2. We have the Holy Spirit to help us,
  3. We are not of this world,
  4. Heaven.

JESUS HAS OVERCOME THE WORLD!

God has granted Satan power to rule over the earth for a given period of time. Satan is referred to as the “god of this world” in 2 Corinthians 4:4, and his attacks on our souls are relentless! We are warned about the havoc that Satan will unleash during his time on earth in the following scripture:

  • “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” – 1 Peter 5:8.

We are also told that if we resist the devil, he will flee from us (James 4:7). This scripture should comfort us as we deal with the adversity and temptations that all of us will face during our time on earth.

The greatest comfort, however, comes from the following scripture:

  • “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33.

Whatever difficulties we face on earth, they are only temporary. Ultimately, Jesus will overcome them all and His righteous kingdom will reign for all eternity!

WE HAVE THE HOLY SPIRIT TO HELP US!

Melody Green wrote a beautiful hymn in 1977 called, “There Is A Redeemer”. In it, we find the following words:

“Thank you, oh my Father for giving us your Son. And leaving your Spirit ‘til the work on earth is done.”

We are never alone! We have been given the Holy Spirit to help us through whatever challenges we face on earth. In our study on the Holy Spirit, we made the following points:

  • “God sent the Holy Spirit to help us.   We receive the Holy Spirit when we are baptized, just as Jesus did.   The Holy Spirit helps us through feelings and not words. The feelings must always align completely with the teachings of the Bible.   If they do not, the feelings are not the result of the Holy Spirit.  
  • God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are separate entities that are one and the same because they always align, and they never contradict each other.  
  • “Now, in the same way, the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know what toprayfor as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.” –Romans 8:26.

And with the help of the Holy Spirit, there is no obstacle that we cannot overcome!

WE ARE NOT OF THIS WORLD

God does not want us to dwell on the evil works of Satan that we see on the news and in our daily lives. He wants us to rise above it! Consider the following scripture:

  • “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” – Romans 12:2.

And while the news outlets and other forms of media focus on the worst of humanity, as Christians we are to focus on the positive and share the hope that we have in Jesus with others:

  • “Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.” – Philippians 4:8.
  • “Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.” - Colossians 3:2.

HEAVEN AWAITS! 

The greatest thing we can do to find peace in a troubled world is to focus on what lies ahead. For followers of Jesus, that means heaven! Heaven awaits the faithful in Jesus! It is a place more beautiful than words can describe.

In his letter to the Romans, The Apostle Paul wrote:

  • For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” – Romans 8:18.

John wrote about what heaven will be like in the Book of Revelations:

  • “And He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them,  and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain .” – Revelation 21:3-4.

Understanding the glory of heaven that awaits the faithful in Jesus is critical to finding peace in a troubled world.

CONCLUSION

Life will be challenging, and even difficult at times. God understands this. He allows us to suffer adversity to discipline us, to teach us, and to shape us into the Christians that He created us to be.

Whatever struggles we are going through, we need to remind ourselves that we are never alone in our battle. In our study, we have identified four reasons Christians have to find peace in a troubled world:

  1. Jesus overcame the world!
  2. We have the Holy Spirit to help us,
  3. We are not of this world,
  4. Heaven.

We will end today’s lesson by revisiting the following scripture:

  • “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33.

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Pastor Anslem Amam

I keep on believing that God who said that everything He created were all good. The how much more the heavenly places. A place beutify with gold, for sure heaven is a beautiful place.

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James A Guillory

I know heaven will be a beautiful and wonderful place not only because God created it but because GOD will be there, Father son and the holy Spirit we will see him as who he really is pure LOVE, as he is described in 1 John, for I remember when I first got saved and how close the Lord was to me how my heart almost burst within my chest because I had met the one who created me and that he loved me so much that he died for me how much more my heart will beat inside of me when I am with him forever and ever!!

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Michael
James A Guillory

Amen Brother!

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