Mansion Over The Hilltop

 

Scripture: (John 14:1 KJV)  Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.

 

(John 14:2 KJV)  In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

 

There is a wonderful gospel song that tells about the mansion that Jesus has prepared for us. It is a great thing that we as believers in Christ have to look forward to. Eternal, abundant life with our Heavenly Father who loves us with an everlasting, never-ending love. Knowing that we have this blessed assurance should give us peace for today’s struggles. This 14th chapter of John is so full of life, so full of truth, so full of direction and instruction that we need, to come to the revelation of God’s divine will for our lives.

            There is peace, there is power, and there is the glory of God waiting for us in God’s word today. First I want us to look at the first thing that God tells us in and throughout this chapter, which is; “Let not your heart be troubled.”

            Now that is easy to say. It is easy to tell someone not to worry but if you are the one worrying it is not that easy to just stop worrying. Some of us are facing real problems. Some of us are struggling financially. Some of us are hurting physically; some of us are hurt emotionally. Some are worried about real problems in our daily lives. It is easy to say Don’t worry, be happy, but is it even possible to just stop? When Jesus tells us to “let not your heart be troubled,” we say we can’t.

            But without taking another breath Jesus answers with a question; “do you believe in God?” Sometimes I think we have taken God for granted. We have diminished the awesome power and magnificent glory of God. We need to get within ourselves the revelation of the ALLMIGHTY. There is a children’s video series called Veggie Tales. It is about talking vegetables. And no it is not any of your relatives. There is Tom the tomato and Larry the cucumber… anyway- in one of the stories there is a little sprout who becomes afraid after watching a scary movie on TV. The song that they sing to encourage this little one is one that we need to apply to our everyday trials.

            God is bigger than the boogieman,

            He’s bigger than Godzilla and the monsters on TV.

            Oh, God is bigger than the boogieman

            And He’s watching out for you and me.

 

The God of all creation loves you and knows the problems you are facing. He knows the trials and the temptations, the fears and the doubts that you are going through. So first let us get a glimpse of God in His glory. Sometimes when we do, we might still feel alone because He is so high and lifted up. Jesus then continues “if your can trust that God is bigger then the “boogie men” in your life then now look to me.” Jesus is God in the flesh, walking amongst us. He experienced the pain of lost. He felt the despair of loneliness. He knew the pressure of lack and the physical exhaustion brought on by illness. In all of this He overcame the world! He fought off the temptations. He saw it through to the end. He is our example; the person that we can turn to and know that we too can overcome. And now He sits at the right hand of the Father and has a place already prepared for us.

            But wait, He does not stop there. The all-powerful, all mighty, all-knowing God who came in the flesh and overcame all of life’s trials does not leave us alone. God did not bring about all of creation to leave us to work it out the details on our own. God created you to love you. Your exist to be loved. Neither did He come 2,000 years ago to simply leave us a map with the directions to life. But He now, even right now sends His Holy Spirit to come along side us and strengthen us. His Holy Spirit, the very essence of all He is, is right now available to us to give us peace. Real, deep down sincere peace. Jesus tells us that it is a peace like nothing in this world. The peace that this world offers is fleeting but the peace that comes from the Holy Spirit of God is all enduring, all encompassing. We read in (John 14:13 KJV)  And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

So as we invite Jesus into our hearts, we receive the Father and the Holy Spirit within our very being. God Himself is giving you right now the opportunity to receive His power to overcome any fear, His wisdom to overcome any confusion, His glory to overcome any sorrow. Won’t you accept all He has for you? God has a storehouse waiting for you to open up and let Him pour in on. It is in His anointing. It is when His Holy Spirit gets poured out upon you that every yoke and heavy chain is broken. It is the anointing that breaks the yoke of bondage. Get hungry for the anointing. Go after it. What are you willing to trade for it? Are you willing to trade your sorrow? Are you willing to trade your pain? It is when we get that true revelation of the all-powerful presence of God within our lives then we can say to our troubled hearts “peace be still.” When we get under the anointing we can truthfully say without any doubt. “All things are working together for the good.” It is so true, and you kneed to know it, nothing, absolutely nothing can separate you from the love of your Heavenly Father. Nothing you have ever done wrong. Nothing that has distracted you from Him. Nothing in this world, in life or in death will ever separate you from His eternal love and unlimited power to provide for your every need.

You have a mansion awaiting you in heaven and right now you have the power of God with you – within you, to see you through. So as we draw today’s message to a close we read the words of Jesus in the last verse of chapter 14; (John 14:31 KJV)  But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence.

Arise my friends and let us go forward. Let us leave all our cares in the able hands of the Lord. Let us leave our troubles at the cross and walk forward in victory over all our struggles. Whatever it is that tries to unsettle you, know that you have the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit right there with in you and therefore “greater is He who is within you then he who is in the world.” Amen