Text: John 14:22-31, Title: You Shall Overcome!, Date/Place: NRBC, 6/23/13, AM
A. Opening illustration: moving Tombstone, when they are giving up, going home, get to the train station, and turn around and start taken it back and taking names, even letting one go back to tell the rest they’re coming
B. Background to passage: In the middle of his teaching on the Holy Spirit, out advocate that will abide forever within us, He give them a few truths that will also help them overcome the rocky road before them.
C. Main thought: We will look at three powerful truths that will help you become an overcomer!
A. Jesus has left you peace (v. 27)
1. I know that I have said it a lot, but remember their scenario: within a few hours their lives were about to be turned upside. The worldly peace is built upon an absence of turmoil or hardship or pain. But the peace that Jesus speaks of, His peace, actually is the peace that preserves through the worst suffering in life. It is the peace that allows disciples of Christ to watch all that they have invested their lives into for the last three years be ripped out from under them, imprisoned, falsely accused, wrongly convicted, overly sentenced, viciously beaten, humiliatingly slain before their eyes. But He says, don’t be shaken or stirred up or unsettled, or cowardly, I am giving and leaving, present tense, ongoing peace. Remember that this is in the context of giving the Spirit, another Jesus, to them, who would dwell within. The Spirit would be the reservoir and producer of this peace.
2. John 16:33, Phil 4:6-7, Col 3:15,
3. Illustration: We can sing, peace in the valley for me, it is well with my soul, blessed be your Name on the road marked with suffering, though there’s pain in the offering blessed be your name, we shall overcome,
4. As a believer, this peace is yours. You must realize that you have it. This is not the power of positive thinking junk or your best life now. This is what Jesus says He is leaving you in the ministry of the Holy Spirit. And it is living and active in your life! He has left it with you! Pastor, I don’t feel that. When trouble comes, I fall apart. Or when trouble comes, peace leaves. Then you are relying on the peace of the world that is fleeting and based on your circumstances. We have two kinds of eyes: eyes of the head and eyes of the heart. We default to eyes of the head, and allow the eyes of the heart of get blurred. If your eyes and happiness are fixed upon the things of this world for your stability and happiness, when those things leave, so will your happiness and joy and stability. That’s why I must remind you that these things are not your treasures! They are not your foundation! They are temporary, hollow, husks and ashes, and they will disappoint you, and will not provide peace. And we ALL struggle here! You are in a war to fight for peace and for fixing your eyes on the Giver of the only peace that sails through raging seas and crushing weights. The greatest weapons in our war, which are empowered by the Holy Spirit I might add, are the intake and hearing of the Word of God and the passionate experience the presence of God in worship. Let your heart not be trouble though, because…