Wednesday, July 18, 2012

My peace I give to you

I listened to another John Piper sermon today.  That man is such a wealth of wisdom.

The sermon was from John 14: 26-31
But the Helper, the Holy Spiritwhom the Father will send in My nameHe will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you. "Peace I leave with you; My peace give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troublednor let it be fearful. "You heard that I said to you, 'I go away, and I will come to you.' If you loved Me, you would have rejoiced because go to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. "Now I have told you before it happensso that when it happens, you may believe. "I will not speak much more with you, for the ruler of the world is coming, and he has nothing in Me; but so that the world may know that I love the Father, do exactly as the Father commanded Me. Get up, let us go from here.
Piper says this, "If in history's darkest hour (the crucifixion) it was true that Satan and evil did not have the upper hand, but God had the upper hand for your good, then in your darkest hour that's true also."

Pretty powerful stuff.  So, if in my darkest hour, which is no where near His darkest hour, God is interested in my good, whom or what shall I fear?

And then this...and I love this point...

Jesus says to his disciples, "Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you..."  To which Piper says, "In the last hour of His life, He's helping ME not be anxious."  Me?  If in that hour Christ was focused on me, then can I not trust Him to give me the peace of which he speaks?  How can I then walk through this life with worry and anxiety?

I can't.

Instead I walk in faith and continue to trust Him with the building (Psalm 127:1-2).

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