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In this book, Bill shares his journey of becoming who he was meant to be, and will guide you on your journey. Carol Strickland, freelance editor. A powerful story of one man's journey from religion to Christian Spirituality.
Tranquil Words for Troubled Hearts
Bill tells of the many false roads he traveled in his search. They are similar to the roads we all travel. I too fought for years to discover intimacy with the Spirit. Finally, God showed me it was as easy as quieting myself down, fixing my eyes on Jesus, and turning to the flow of the Holy Spirit within me. Home as last, after a 10 year search.
Comfort for the Troubled Heart
I trust this book will help you find your way home, into the loving arms of the Lord, Jesus Christ. In Healing Troubled Hearts , Bill Day has made an invaluable contribution to the literature regarding how we can engage with God in order to heal our brokenness I heartily recommend this work to anyone who still has questions about whether or not Christians need inner healing, and whether or not this ministry is a work of God.
This book opens a window for the soul to breathe the clean air of discovery, daring to believe that we can discover Truth in the midst of wounds, disappointments, disjointedness and especially in times when we feel the most lost. Bill's testimony is a pledge to us that we are never really lost but, rather, just waiting to be found. It is used only here by Jesus in this Gospel. John used it seven times in his first epistle 1 John , 12, 28; , 18; ; , and Paul used it once Gal. But it appears that Jesus used it here in this context to communicate a vital truth.
Though He would leave them and though they could not follow Him, at least not then, His departure was not because He did not care for them. Indeed, His departure was vital to their needs As an outworking of love for God, loving others is at the heart of the Law and expresses the last half of the Ten Commandments. So why does the Lord call this a new commandment? In contrast to the self-righteous religious Pharisees, the Lord Jesus had come to fulfill the Law and demonstrate its true meaning in both supreme devotion to God and in love for others. Nevertheless, this talk about His betrayal and then about His departure was tremendously discouraging to His disciples Later in this scene, Peter would be told that he would disown the Savior So, their hopes and expectations were progressively, piece by piece, being dismantled; they had all kinds of reasons to be troubled or agitated in their hearts.
Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful. John 14, then, is one of those marvelous passages of the Word that is sublime in its promises and profound in its significance to the life of the body of Christ or to His disciples. In view of the perplexed hearts of the disciples, John is pivotal and the key verse of chapters It points us to two needs and two problems every disciple faces in his or her walk in the world. The first problem is troubled hearts, but we should note up front that a troubled heart is really the result of a deeper problem that will be addressed later.
John Further, this is given in the form of a prohibition, a negative command. By applying the truth of Scripture, like those given in this passage, we are to consistently calm the agitation of our hearts. The disciples were troubled and the Lord was here calling on them to deal with their fears.
The second problem and the root is fear coupled with unbelief. The greatest problem in man is his fear caused by his unbelief in God.
This is the root and heart of all wickedness and wickedness leads to troubled hearts. It is here, then, that we find the second need , but this need is one which, when corrected, also becomes the solution. What men need is a relationship with God through belief or faith in God.
This naturally results in troubled hearts. The disciples had troubled hearts because of their lack of understanding of the Word as it related to the sufferings of Messiah. Though clearly taught in the Old Testament, they had as yet not grasped the need of the cross. They believed in Him as the Messiah, the Son of God, but they were struggling with His repeated comments about His death and resurrection.
So how do we get understanding? By asking questions and by getting answers through instruction. And that is precisely what begins to happen in verse 2. In this section of verses there are a number of questions asked by the disciples, questions by Peter , by Thomas , by Philip , and by Judas [not Iscariot] Further, there is actually an unasked question that the Lord answers It is helpful to notice that these questions portray perplexities of the human heart which unsettle hearts and trouble minds.
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But marvelously, all of the questions find their answer only in the person and work of Jesus Christ and His purpose for us as His disciples. But as the text shows, the answers to these questions are found in the death, resurrection, ascension, session, and return of Christ. In other words, is our future secure? There is clearly an element of fear here—what about heaven and how are we going to get there? The Lord answers this in where He promises His personal return for the body of Christ, specifically the rapture of the church, as further developed by Paul in his epistles 1 Cor.
Thomas shows us the same uncertainty about where we are going, but he specifically adds the question, how are we going to get there? He wanted to know who would show us the way? Christ gives the answer in verses 6 and 7.
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Thomas, like the other disciples except Judas Iscariot , were believers and knew the Lord in that sense, but they did not know Him as deeply and intimately as they needed to. They needed a deeper understanding of the Savior. They had not penetrated the life of Christ as the suffering Savior as had Mary, who sat at His feet to hear His word Luke and who also anointed His feet with ointment in preparation of His death John Here we see the longing and need in men to get a glimpse of God and experience His reality.
Philip was a materialist who wanted something more tangible than metaphysical distinctions or theological abstractions. He wanted to see some concrete evidence. This desire in man is why we are so prone to various forms of idolatry and the pursuit of things we can see and touch and hold. The answer comes in verses In pointing to the greater works His disciples would accomplish with His departure, the Lord was indirectly addressing another issue, though not actually a question asked by the disciples, because it is an issue that speaks to a basic longing in man.
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Unless this question is answered and found in a personal relation with Christ, as one who abides in Him John 15 , it is an issue that not only drives men incessantly from one pursuit after another, but diverts them from the call of God on their lives. Here, then, is a question of the heart that people may not even know they are asking.
Like a spiritual submarine, it is a question that runs silently and deeply beneath the surface in the unconscious waters of the heart. Here is a question and a longing that unsettles and troubles the hearts of men—it is the question, what is my purpose in life?
Why am I here? It is the quest for significance. What is the reason for this life? What is my purpose here on earth? What am I to do with my life? This question and its answer, given here as a promise to the church, lies at the heart of this passage and points us to one of the key helps to untroubled hearts. Herein lies one of the major causes of perplexity, disunity, and unrest in men; here is a question that every disciple, if he or she is to be effective, must come to grips with.
John White, a Christian author and psychiatrist, has pointed out one of the spiritual problems that he has found causing serious mental disorders is being without an adequate purpose for life. Stephen Eyre took a survey on the values and motivations of college students at campuses in the Southeastern United States. One striking discovery of the survey was that there was little internal sense of cause or duty among students. Primary motivations centered on personal enjoyment and development of job-related skills. Several things can be noted here: 1 Being without God or without a right relationship with God creates a huge void in the heart of man.
This leads to an almost pathological obsession with climbing the ladder of success as defined by the world cf. John ; Eph. It defines it in terms of prosperity, prestige, position, power, pleasure, and possessions. It defines it in terms of numbers, names, and noses—and too many Christians and churches seek their significance the same way.
Such can only lead to troubled hearts filled with disunity, competition, and resentment. Like a bad dream, true happiness and meaning in life will always be just out of reach unless it is sought and found in the answers the Savior gives us in this passage. The picture the world offers of meaning and happiness in the good life, in peace and safety, is a satanic mirage.
Not only does it not pay off, it has definite negative consequences.
In essence, this pursuit is a paradox. It causes us to neglect our health, our mates, our children, our friends. We become blind and callused to people in need all around us, and above all, we blatantly neglect God. It is a pursuit that becomes selfish and immoral because it is based on wrong values and priorities, those that are self-centered rather than other-centered.