“Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]”
John 14:27 Amplified Bible
In John chapter 14 Jesus shared many things with his disciples. In the previous chapter He had just broken the news that he would be betrayed and would be going away.
Peter was shocked at what Jesus was saying. Really, how could this possibly be happening things, were going so well!
That's why Jesus tells his disciples in the very first verse in John 14:
“DO NOT let your hearts be troubled (distressed, agitated). You believe in and adhere to and trust in and rely on God; believe in and adhere to and trust in and rely also on Me.”
John 14:1 Amplified Bible
The understood subject in these verses is YOU. You are not to let your heart be troubled. You and I are to take the necessary steps to not become worried, upset, or as the Amplified Bible says distressed or agitated!
We may have a reason to be troubled or distressed but we do not have to live our lives, troubled or distressed.
Maybe it's a bad news report (terror attack in NYC), bad doctors report, checking account balance looks rather anemic. Too many bills to pay and maybe the children are acting up, just to name a few.
Well God has a solution! Jesus said He has given us His peace. That's the peace of God! God is not worried or trouble or distressed about anything. And that's the way He wants us to live our lives. Stress free!
Oh by the way what Jesus is offering us is not some wonderful suggestion. He did not say, give it your best and see what happens. No this is a direct commandment from our Master Himself.
As Jesus said in versus one, He says again in verse 27, we are to take the initiative and not let all of the bad stuff affect us.
We are to not allow ourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and we are not to allow ourselves to be fearful and intimidated, or act cowardly and unsettled.
The devil wants to steal your peace but we are not going to allow him to do that! Right?
So when trouble rears its ugly head and the devil tries to bring fear upon you. Don't except it! Fear is a tool of the enemy and is a spiritual force. It is the exact opposite of the God kind of faith.
We must do exactly what the Scripture says we are to do:
"So be subject to God. Resist the devil [stand firm against him], and he will flee from you.”
James 4:7 AMPC
So when fear comes, don't accept it! Resist it, command it to go in Jesus Name.
Then find yourself a promise of God, in the Word, for your situation and meditate on that! Declaring that to be true in your life.
For instance, if it's healing, I am all ready healed according to 1 Peter 2:24. If it's finances, Philippians 4:19, all of my needs are taken care of!
Glory to God He is so good to us!