John 16:33

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"I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world."
John 16:33

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In you have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. Do you see the contrast here? In Jesus there is peace. In the world there is trouble, trial, heartache, distress, adversity.

But that is not all Jesus is saying here. He tells His disciples (and us) to take heart because He has overcome the world. The phrase “take heart” is the Greek word tharseo, which means to be of good courage, be of good cheer. So, Jesus is saying, there is tribulation in the world, in which we live, but have good courage and be of good cheer.

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Really? I’m living in a world full of trouble, and you want me to have peace and be of good cheer? Well, yes, and here is why: because Jesus has overcome the world. The Greek word for overcome is nikao meaning Jesus has overcome ALL His foes. He is victorious. He has overcome depression; He has overcome financial woes; He has overcome relationship troubles; He has even overcome death. He has overcome ALL adversity. There is nothing that you are going through or have gone through that Jesus didn’t already overcome.

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But also notice at the beginning of this verse it says, “in ME (meaning Jesus) you have peace. Therefore, when we are in Him, WE are victorious. And the peace comes from knowing that we are victorious in Jesus.

Make it Real (1)
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Back in 1997 I found out I was pregnant with my first child. I started thinking that before my child was born, I wanted to change the way I was living. You see, I didn’t have a relationship with Jesus, and I was a bit of a “wild child”. The thought of having a child, changed how I wanted to live.

Just two months later, we found out my husband had cancer. He went through treatment, was found to be cancer free, and then my daughter was born. Fast forward about a year: we moved to Florida, and I started attending a Bible study. I mean, it was free childcare, and I did say I wanted to start living differently. In this study, I met Jesus.

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At one of my husband’s follow-up appointments, the doctors found a spot on one of his lungs. And here’s the crazy thing, after just about six months of following Jesus, I was able to take this news and feel at peace. No really. I wasn’t scared. I wasn’t mad. I wasn’t anxious. I just felt at peace. You see, I had learned the end of the story. Spoiler alert: JESUS WINS! And knowing that I was in Jesus, and already knowing that Jesus wins in the end, I knew that no matter what happened I win too!

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That didn’t mean I had a guarantee that the spot would be nothing. It could very well have been the cancer recurring. But what I did know is that no matter what it was, God had us. He brought us through the first one, and He would either do it again, or He would deliver us from it or by it.

You see, the peace doesn’t come from Jesus taking our troubles away. The peace comes because Jesus is WITH us in the troubles.

End in prayer (1)
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Dear Jesus, You WIN! I’m so very thankful that in Your victory, I can also be victorious. That I can face trouble and know that you have already overcome it. That in You, I can face my circumstances in peace and confidence in Your sovereignty. I love You Lord! Amen!!

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I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world. 

 

Behind the Scenes

In you have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. Do you see the contrast here? In Jesus there is peace. In the world there is trouble, trial, heartache, distress, adversity.  

But that is not all Jesus is saying here. He tells His disciples (and us) to take heart because He has overcome the world. The phrase “take heart” is the Greek word tharseo, which means to be of good courage, be of good cheer. So, Jesus is saying, there is tribulation in the world, in which we live, but have good courage and be of good cheer.  

Really? I’m living in a world full of trouble, and you want me to have peace and be of good cheer? Well, yes, and here is why: because Jesus has overcome the world. The Greek word for overcome is nikao meaning Jesus has overcome ALL His foes. He is victorious. He has overcome depression; He has overcome financial woes; He has overcome relationship troubles; He has even overcome death. He has overcome ALL adversity. There is nothing that you are going through or have gone through that Jesus didn’t already overcome.  

But also notice at the beginning of this verse it says, “in ME (meaning Jesus) you have peace. Therefore, when we are in Him, WE are victorious. And the peace comes from knowing that we are victorious in Jesus. 

Make it Real

Back in 1997 I found out I was pregnant with my first child. I started thinking that before my child was born, I wanted to change the way I was living. You see, I didn’t have a relationship with Jesus, and I was a bit of a “wild child”. The thought of having a child, changed how I wanted to live.  

Just two months later, we found out my husband had cancer. He went through treatment, was found to be cancer free, and then my daughter was born. Fast forward about a year: we moved to Florida, and I started attending a Bible study. I mean, it was free childcare, and I did say I wanted to start living differently. In this study, I met Jesus.  

At one of my husband’s follow-up appointments, the doctors found a spot on one of his lungs. And here’s the crazy thing, after just about six months of following Jesus, I was able to take this news and feel at peace. No really. I wasn’t scared. I wasn’t mad. I wasn’t anxious. I just felt at peace. You see, I had learned the end of the story. Spoiler alert: JESUS WINS! And knowing that I was in Jesus, and already knowing that Jesus wins in the end, I knew that no matter what happened I win too!  

That didn’t mean I had a guarantee that the spot would be nothing. It could very well have been the cancer recurring. But what I did know is that no matter what it was, God had us. He brought us through the first one, and He would either do it again, or He would deliver us from it or by it.  

You see, the peace doesn’t come from Jesus taking our troubles away. The peace comes because Jesus is WITH us in the troubles. 

Colleen McGeorge

Colleen McGeorge

ACF Devo Team

End in Prayer

Dear Jesus, You WIN! I’m so very thankful that in Your victory, I can also be victorious. That I can face trouble and know that you have already overcome it. That in You, I can face my circumstances in peace and confidence in Your sovereignty. I love You Lord! Amen!! 

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