Review: Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled by Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Publisher: Crossway, June 8, 2009.
Genre: Non-fiction, study/sermon on John 14:1-12.
Format: pdf/Kindle.
Pages: 144.
Rating: 5 Stars for Excellent.
Source: Free ebook copy from Crossway in exchange for a review. All reviews expressed are from my own opinions and feelings.

Further links on Martyn Lloyd-Jones:
MLJ Trust-This link has a bio, and audio messages from Lloyd-Jones. Amazing to be able to listen to his voice. I highly recommend this link!
More sermons available at Sermon Audio.
This link will give a detailed history of Westminster Chapel.

Links to purchase @ Amazon, Lifeway.

"Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 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. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. Thomas saith unto him, Lord we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him. Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so longtime with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of mysef: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father." John 14: 1-12. KJV. Holman Rainbow Study Bible.
Scripture link by Bible Gateway.

Summary:
Martyn Lloyd-Jones was a Welsh Protestant Reformed pastor. For thirty years he was minister of Westminster Chapel in London, England. In 1951 he gave a series of eight messages on John chapter fourteen, the first twelve verses.
These eight sermons are given in three parts. They teach that in order to have a "quiet" heart we must "believe" in Jesus Christ, to trust in Him and to seek encouragement and sustenance only in Him. Our future is not this world. We are a sojourner on this earth, our future is with Jesus in heaven. The last part is Jesus is coming again.

My Thoughts:
Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled is my first experience in Martyn Lloyd-Jones. I knew about him, but now I know him through his words and listening to him in audio. A phenomenal and dynamic preacher. His sermons are convicting, stirring, applicable in any era, and memorable.
The first part or section is on having a quiet heart, a heart at rest in Jesus. The next two sections expound on this state. A state of being in which we are at complete belief and trust, and resting on that belief, that no matter what happens in our life, Jesus Christ is sovereign. We can search for other means to have a quiet heart, but they are transient and temporary. It is easy to become distracted by the troubles of life. Sometimes it is not just one thing that sets me on a tangent of worry, but a series of events that happen that sends me over the edge. I need to be reminded that God is sovereign, this life is not all there is, and Jesus is coming again to take me to my eternal home.

Favorite quotes:
"To believe in God also means to believe what he has said about life." Page 37. 
Life in this world-"It is temporary and transitory. It is moving but a great journey; the world is something through which we are passing." Page 67. 
"...we have been trying to persuade ourselves that we can make a certainty of life." Page 67.
"The greatest need of any person is to know God, to arrive at God." Page 112.   

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