“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (Jn. 16:33)
“In the world…” Jesus speaks of reality for the believer. There will be tribulation, struggle, battles, and fierce enemies in the world. They will resist you, fight you and distract you from the course of fulfilling your destiny. You will wonder and fear, doubt and fall… but His peace is available! He commands you to make a decision, “… be of good cheer!” Do not lose your joy, your patience nor your testimony in the hour of trial! His call is to follow Him into victory and overcome in the darkest hour!
Believer — the pivotal question is: “What are you going to do in those moments?” Are you going to let the fierce trauma define you or not? Will you allow fear and uncertainty to gain a foothold in your life or are you going to push beyond it?
Don’t Allow Tribulation to Define You!
Many are defined by the catastrophes of life. The cry of their heart is not for endurance, but deliverance! Many hearts get overwhelmed by the fear and uncertainty. Yet, this is not the character of the valiant of heart. I’m convinced there is a position in Christ that every believer should embrace. The “over-comer” has become the guardian of their heart. Scripture reminds us that in difficult moments, we must walk in faith and not by what we see with the natural eye or feel with the natural senses. In order for us to follow Christ into His victory we must take preventive action!
“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life” (Proverbs 4:23)
Advancing & Overcoming:
I love the way Scripture invites us to follow… Jesus says, “I have overcome the world.” The Apostle John says, “Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world” (1 Jn. 4:4). If you’re going to advance beyond the traumatic moments in life, then you must guard your heart and recognize who lives in you. Protect your heart vision at all costs! Don’t let disappointments, failures, or tragedies shape your identity. You are called to great things in God. So preserve the essence of your life — not only so you can survive — but also because it enables you to become a well-spring for others. Guard your heart! Speak to your soul and resist the weariness of unbelief.