Seize the Moment – Day 98

Your Heart, Your Choice!

John 14

Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Tuesday, June 23.


I was out trail running recently when my left foot kicked a small root and tripped me up. Down I went…and I mean down hard! Have you ever fallen? Been tripped up? Gone down hard?


Jesus says in John 14:1, “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me” and again later emphasizes in verse 27, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”


Do you hear your choice?  “Let not your hearts be troubled…” are the bookends of Jesus’ teaching. Jesus calls us to something greater than our flesh response to our circumstances, He calls us to faith in the Prince of Peace! He calls us to make a choice about our hearts!


Be thou at peace beloved of God! Jesus invites us to rest in Him and as Pastor Ken taught us on Sunday: “Trust in true rest!”


One of the great reasons we can rest in God is because Jesus’ teaching calls us to the new life of the Holy Spirit! Jesus’ teaches us that we have a constant companion who is our Helper!


When you are tripped up and you go down hard, what will you do? Will you roll around in the dirt cursing yourself and the world, or will you get back up, brush yourself off, and keep running the race? Life is hard! No one ever promised anything different than that, but with faith your witness can show the glory of God!


Seize the moment and get back up! It is natural when you trip for your eyes to head for the ground as you prepare for impact, but the Spirit of God helps you get back up with your eyes on Jesus.


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