I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world. John 16:33 (NLT)
Jesus was telling His disciples that the default setting in a fallen world is, “many trials and sorrows.” I wanted to hear Jesus tell them that after His resurrection all trials and sorrows will be over. I wanted to hear that, since the devil was defeated, I can relax and enjoy a smooth, trouble-free ride through this world until I reach Heaven.
However, Jesus told them that they could take heart because He had overcome the world. The world used to be undefeated, but Jesus came and broke that perfect record. In Him, we can overcome the world as well. With Him indwelling us by the Holy Spirit, we can be more than conquerors. We have the benefit of engaging the enemy with the same holy power that defeated him on resurrection day. Paul did a beautiful summary of what Jesus helped us obtain:
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: ‘For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.’ Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:31–39 (NKJV)
That’s why we can have peace in Jesus. We should not allow our hearts to be troubled. We should draw courage from the fact that we now fight side-by-side with the Lord. This is apparent when you read the last verses of the Gospel of Mark:
So then, when the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, He was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord was working with them and confirming the word by the signs that followed. Mark 16:19–20 (AMP)
The Lord was with them, fighting alongside His disciples as they pushed back the darkness with the preaching of the Good News and by praying for the sick and oppressed. Yes, they still had troubles and trials, but they were encouraged because the Lord was helping them win! As they obeyed His instructions and fulfilled their callings, their hearts were filled with peace, and they courageously faced every difficulty.
I pray that you will hear the words of Jesus. I pray that you will allow His words to bring you peace as you face your trials and troubles. Remember, be at peace, because you are not alone. Don’t fear any harm coming your way.
But all who listen to me will live in peace, untroubled by fear of harm. Proverbs 1:33 (NLT)
- Remember that you are not alone in this world of many troubles. The Lord is a prayer away. Talk to Him about your fears and challenges.
- Jesus is still the undefeated champion of the world. He is fighting for you and with you to defeat the enemy in your situation.
- Tell others the Good News you have received about Jesus. Expect some people to get healed, saved and delivered. Jesus is ready to step in and help you do it.
- Study the words of the Lord and allow the Holy Spirit to bring them to remembrance. Our last scripture promises that if you do that, you will live in peace, untroubled by fear of harm.
Excerpted from The Art of Peace: 21 Days To A More Peaceful You by Iann Schonken: