Jesus said in John 16:33 (NIV), “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.”
Jesus had just finished telling His disciples some things that, at that time, they could not fully understand. But, He didn’t leave them clueless. He made a statement of fact: “In this world you will have trouble.” He doesn’t say our troubles will go away. He doesn’t say we will no longer be plagued by fear or doubt. Instead, our solution to a troubled heart, is to find peace in Him. But, He takes that a step further by saying something strange. He tells us to, “take heart,” or, “cheer up.”
So, when we are lonely or depressed, have doubts about our faith or feel the weight of the world pressing us down, we are to “cheer up”? This makes no sense until we read our Lord’s last statement: “I have overcome the world.”
We win our battles when we surrender to Jesus who has already fought them for us. We free ourselves from a bag full of burdens when we lay it at the cross and leave it there. We find peace, in the midst of life’s storms, when we rest in the One who walked upon the water and said, “Peace! Be still.”
He, who was rejected and despised of men, is now our Overcomer. That is definitely something we can all cheer about.
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You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you: because he trusts in You – Isaiah 26:3
Jesus told us that in this world we would have many troubles. When going through trials it would do us good to remember that Jesus also said that He has overcome the world and that in Him we may find peace. Jesus is the only means for peace while living in this world. He gives us a peace that passes all understanding so that in the midst of the storm we may say “It is well with my soul” because our mind is “stayed” on Him. We need to trust Jesus’s words and His promise to carry us through for the One who called us is faithful.
“I am the light of the world; he who follows Me shall not walk in the darkness but shall have the light of life.” John 8:12 NAS
Just at dusk one evening, I found myself sitting quietly outdoors on the patio. It didn’t seem like an ordinary evening…the already dingy gray skies were quickly filling with black clouds. It seemed ominous. My mind was filled with questions and my spirit was seeking assurance from the Lord about a major challenge in my life.
Gazing into the dark sky, I prayed for a sign that God was indeed with me and that the outcome of my challenge would bring Him glory. Suddenly the dazzling light from a single star burst through the black clouds. Tears of wonder and gratitude fell. The God of the universe had orchestrated nature to calm my anxious heart! His light pierced the darkness and entered my life, bringing peace and hope, and illuminating my path ahead.
Jesus’ proclamation in John 8:12 is a promise…we shall not walk in darkness but shall have the light of life. That promise also has a condition…to follow Him. The first step is always ours and it is very clear in James 4:8: “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”
Draw near. Follow Jesus. He will illuminate your path, dispel the darkness surrounding you, and bring to you peace and hope as you step forward in the light of life!
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“How can ye believe, which receive honor one of another, and seek not the honor that cometh from God only?” (John 5:44 KJV).
Jesus had some interesting things to say about honor to a group of religious folks who refused to come to Him that they might have life. He said, “How can ye believe, which receive honor one of another, and seek not the honor that cometh from God only?” (John 5:44 KJV). Jesus was conveying the truth that God does not operate the way we do. Once we believe the gospel of grace, God’s honor comes to us because of Jesus and what He did. In God’s economy, none of us deserve anything good, yet God in his mercy provides every blessing in Christ free of charge, bought and paid for by the blood of Jesus, and available through faith in Him. When we trust in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, God sees us in the light of His Son. He makes us a member of his personal honor society. Come to Jesus with empty hands and an open heart. Receive the honor that comes from God only; life through His Son Jesus Christ.
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“If anyone, then, knows the good he ought to do and does not do it, it is sin for them.” (James 4:17 NIV)
Each morning, on my way to work, I encountered a massive pothole. It stretched across a section of the road, hidden in the shadows of the early morning, and waited for me. Most mornings, I tried to remember it. Unfortunately, I often suddenly found myself jarring through this treacherous cavity in the road and grew frustrated with myself for not avoiding the pothole.
“Sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.” (Genesis 4:7 NIV) Sometimes it is easy to fall into sin without realising it, maybe we are not focusing on Christ, and maybe we forget to remember where the weak areas inour lives are. We are told frequently in the Bible to turn away from sin. Proverbs 4:23 says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” (NIV).
Most days, I now remember to avoid that hazardous area of road and dismiss distractions of other cars and the darkness. However, even better, someone has recently come along and patched up the pothole to help me on my journey.
Sin is a reality and cannot be ignored. Put on your armour of God and fight it. “God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13 NIV)
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This short verse is a profound statement with life changing implications, when its full meaning is grasped. The psalmist is assured that everything he will ever want or need shall be provided by the “Good Shepherd” of John Chapter 10. What a comfortable state of Mind!
David had experienced the Lord’s provision throughout his life; as a shepherd boy, as the giant slayer, the hunted fugitive, and eventually as the highly celebrated King of Israel. Provision of every need; physical, spiritual and social, are found in the Lord.
David received protection through His trust in God. He gained the strength for victory in battle through faith. He obtained; clothing, food, housing, position and power through submission to the Lord’s will. God also provided him loving discipline. David’s say’s, I’ll never want for anything at all!
Through faith in Jesus Christ, we too can say along with the writer of the 23rd Psalm, “I shall not want!”
Thank you Father, for being our awesome provider of all we need. We praise you for providing us with the once and for all perfect sacrifice of your Son Jesus. Help us to trust you fully; to walk by faith, rather than by sight. And may we learn to love more perfectly, amen.
Sheldon K. Bass is a Christian Minister serving the Lord from Indianapolis Indiana.
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God”. 1 Peter 2:9
In the Old Testament it is often mentioned that people tore their clothes when tragedy struck. It was a way of expressing grief and distress. But in Leviticus 21:10 we find that the priests were not allowed to tear their clothes (except in the presence of blasphemy). In fact, the priests clothes were to be made in such a way that would prevent accidental tearing (Exodus 28:32). We also know that in the Old Testament it was the priests alone who had the privilege of entering the Holy of Holies, the very presence of God. So these priests who had the privilege of knowing the presence of God also had the responsibility not to tear their clothes.
What does this mean for us today? It means that because we are a royal priesthood and have access into the presence of God we never need regard anything as a disaster. Nothing is so terrible that it would cause us to fall apart (that is “tear our clothes”). We can always cope because we can “approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us” (Hebrews 4:16). God is in control. He is not taken by surprise. No problem is too hard for him. Nothing is so distressing that we can’t handle it because His grace is sufficient for any crisis.
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John 3:16, NKJV: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son….”
The morning air was cool as we drove down our little lane to a beautiful ranch near our home. Unlike Easters from my childhood, this was scheduled at a more reasonable hour, making it not really a Sunrise Service. But that didn’t detract from the gathering of people from different faiths to celebrate the season. Cool weather and wet grass had driven the services inside to the Auction Building where there were bleachers to accommodate the 100 plus people that gathered. Inside meant electricity for musical instruments and places for coffee, juice and breakfast foods. The setting had become a very special part of early morning Easter in the hearts of the people in our little town.
On this Sunday, our minister had been asked to speak. His words were crisp, “The first Easter was a rescue mission.” He compared it to news stories of rescues of miners, and others trapped in life-threatening situations. He compared it to what Christ did for us at Easter. As I looked around the Auction Barn, I thought of how He bought me as a young girl. Jesus paid the price for me to walk with Him, not just someday, but on a daily basis even now.
Have you looked up the word ‘rescue’ lately? Webster says it means, “to save from danger.” Rescue missions are never free. Easter is no exception. It cost God His Son.
“There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard” (Psalm 19: 2, NIV).
Grabbing my sunglasses and water bottle I hurried out the door and started my exercise walk. The morning was one of those just right days: sunny, perfect temperature and a slight breeze.
Walking provided me the opportunity to gaze at the many points of interest, enjoy the freshness of the day, and – pray. I could sense the joy of the moments as I began to praise Jesus for His immediate blessings, for the way He has led me, for the beauty of the day and for answered prayers.
On my return I lifted my sunglasses for a moment, gazed at the sky and exclaimed, “Wow!” The beauty of the sky captivated me. It had a gathering of small cirrus clouds patterned in a unique formation, and the royal blue background brilliantly set it off. This scripture popped into my mind, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hand” (Psalm 19:1, NIV).
The scene, although not spectacular, stirred an overwhelming joy that grabbed my heart. The exclamation I released was so unexpected that I sensed it for many hours afterward. Isn’t it interesting that our God can “Wow” us any time and any place He so desires? Today, look for your own “Wow God” experience.
Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Our magnificent God and Father wishes above all things that we prosper and be in health even as our soul prospers. Believe in the Father and his unconditional love for us. He is able to make all grace abound toward us. He is able to do more for us than what we could ever imagine.
Jesus tells us in Matthew chapter eight that we are to seek first the kingdom of God, and all his righteousness; and we will have the things we need. Our heavenly Father feeds the birds of the air and clothes the grass of the field. How much more will he do for us, his children?