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Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled

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Recently, our nation has been experiencing distress. There was the protest in Charlottesville, with racial tensions rising, unprecedented and catastrophic flooding in Texas due to hurricane Harvey, as well as terrible destruction from hurricane Irma. We have also heard distressing news of a grade school in California holding a gender-change ceremony for a kindergarten boy wanting to become a girl.

 

When we hear distressing reports, our hearts are troubled. Recently, I was reminded of what Jesus said to His disciples in John 14:27 right before they experienced a time of great distress:

 

"Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."

 

These were some of the last words Jesus said to His disciples right before the Cross and right before the darkest experience of the disciples' lives! 

 

Their world was shattered. No doubt it seemed to them that the years they had sacrificed to follow the Lord had been in vain. They had thought Jesus was going to deliver Israel, yet now the One they had followed, the One they had hoped in, was gone!

 

Jesus knew that later on in their lives and ministries the disciples would recall His words and learn a great lesson on how they could go through great distress without their hearts being troubled. At the time Jesus spoke these words to them, they could not understand. But later they understood. Out of that darkness came light; out of the ashes came beauty; they were given the oil of joy for mourning and the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness!

 

When the Lord's disciples were united together as one, after their darkest hours they experienced resurrection life. They experienced an outpouring that was so powerful and glorious that in one day 3,000 souls came to know their Savior and were set free from Satan's chains! The disciples witnessed a glorious revival, but before that revival could come, they had to pass through a very dark night experience. The Lord used this time of darkness to do a work in their hearts to prepare them for the glorious revival that was coming.

 

Today God's people are passing through a dark hour. Because of our sins our nation is in turmoil and great captivity and, quite frankly, this time of darkness may still become much darker before we see the dawn. Franklin Graham recently said, "We're broken spiritually, we're divided politically, we're divided racially."

 

Satan knows the power God's people have when they are united; he knows the power of a united nation. He is going about as a roaring lion working diligently to bring division, not only in this nation, but also in the body of Christ.

The answer for the darkness of our day is the same as it was for the early church and that is Christ's anointing. His anointing breaks every yoke!

 

The disciples experienced this anointing. They were spending time seeking Him in the upper room when they experienced an outpouring of the Holy Spirit which sparked the beginning of a glorious revival.

His anointing is what we all desperately need! Today if we seek Him we will find Him. This is a promise! 

 

"Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. For whoever finds me finds life, and obtains favor from the Lord." Proverbs 8:34-35

 

The Lord's presence in our lives, in our homes, and in our churches will break the chains of the enemy. Satan will lose his power when the Lord's anointing is flowing, and there will be unity again among the brethren. Unity within the church will produce life, and there will be power in the church. That will be the answer to our nation's division!

As we seek Him we will find Him, and when we find Him peace will flood our hearts. Though the storm rages around us, we will be hidden under the shadow of His wings; nothing will harm us. Our hearts will not be troubled or afraid when He is with us and His presence is filling our hearts!

 

Let us pray for a deeper intimacy with the Lord for ourselves, our families, our pastors, our brethren in our churches, and for God's people throughout this nation. Oh, that together, we would seek Him with all our hearts and be filled with His anointing which can break every yoke!

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