Confront your Heart: Stand on God's Word

I John 3:19-24

Right before Jesus Christ departed from the Earth, He promised peace of heart for us. Yet, I suspect some Christ-followers might say their heart is more troubled and full of fear than peace. Why is that? Today’s text addresses that issue.

v. 19-21 - The fact of assurance
Ref: Revelation 12:10-11
Psalms 103:10-12

v. 22 - The fruit of assurance = a robust prayer life.
We have not because we ask not!
Ref: Psalms 66:18
I Peter 3:7
Psalms 103:10-12

v. 23-24 - The fount of assurance - How do we maintain a confident heart?
Ref: John 15:1-5 - Abide in Him!

Put our eyes on God’s grace, not the condemnation of our heart.
We cannot let our emotions drive us. Put your faith in the facts of scripture and let your feelings follow the facts.

Puny Prayer vs. W.I. Worry

Philippians 4:6-7

Trials and difficulties come to every life, even Christ-follwers.  When they do come, we can respond in one of two ways:  1) worry, or 2) pray.  Let's see which one is the better option!

>  No worries mate - v. 6a

       Be anxious for nothing.  Anxious = to be pulled apart. 
       We are commanded not to worry - whatever is not done in faith is sin! 

>  Hit your knees - v. 6b 

       Prayer -  In everything by prayer
      Supplication - Genesis 22:8, 13-14 - heartfelt, specific request for our needs. 
      Thanksgiving - an important part of prayer.  God is blessed by our gratitude. 

> Peace to you - v. 7

       Prayer = peach of God
       Peace in the midst of trying circumstances. 
       The worry option will never give us peace.