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EASTER SEASON:  Take Heart

First, Seek Him...

As Easter approaches, prayerfully consider Christ’s steps toward the cross. His disciples were terrified, yet, even with all that was coming, Jesus encouraged them to “take heart.” His words are for you, too. Will you trust Him and “take heart” in your circumstances today?

...Then Speak Him

As you “take heart,” ask God who He wants you to turn around and encourage. Maybe your children, maybe your neighbors, maybe people on social media. Friend, as you “Seek Him,” turn around and “Speak Him” into the lives of those entrusted to you! It Starts with a Conversation!

John 16:33
Jesus said: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Word

God, what are you saying to me?

In the weeks before Jesus’ crucifixion, His disciples were afraid of the future; they were filled with dread about the scary unknown. In spite of everything, Jesus told them to “take heart,” which is another way of saying “be courageous!” Jesus encouraged them to trust Him, that no matter how hard things are, He is victorious over all. As Easter approaches this year, let’s talk about why we can “take heart” with Jesus.

Why

God, why does this matter?

Fear and trouble aren’t new; in fact, Jesus said it would be this way. His path to Easter’s resurrection required His death on the cross. This was so hard! Yet, the worst day for Him – Good Friday – led to the best day ever – Easter – for us who believe in Jesus. Fear and trouble are never the end of the story when we walk with the One who overcomes it all. How does Jesus’ peace matter to you in the fear and trouble you face today? 

What

God, What Else Does Your Word Say About This?

As Jesus prepared His disciples for the hard days ahead, He told them, “My peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled (or) afraid” (John 14:27). Then He prayed, not just for those disciples right there with Him but for us, too, saying “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me” (John 17:20)! He asked God that WE would have peace and be able to take heart. How does this encourage you to know Jesus prayed for YOU?

Worship

God, How do you want me to respond to this truth?

Jesus said, “Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name…” (John 12:27-28). Despite fear and pain, Jesus leaned in to His purpose. We can glorify God and worship Him by holding on to our purpose, too. We can cling to His peace and take heart regardless of what we are going through. How can you worship Jesus by taking heart and living with purpose today?

John 16:33
Jesus said: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

A Family Blessing

A Blessing from this Lesson to Speak over Those God has Entrusted to You!

 

God, You are our salvation! We will trust and not be afraid (Isaiah 12:2-3). Thank You for walking toward the cross to save us from our sins! We love You. In Your Name, amen!

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