“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16.33
Are these words of Jesus good or bad news? No-one likes to be told that there is going to be trouble and we would much rather be told that from now on life is going to be wonderful! However, Jesus is no deceiver and he told us the truth when he said that there would be trouble in this life - and he was right.
The first reassurance in this is that when trouble does come to us, we need not go down the road of wondering what we have done wrong to deserve it – it just happens. Jesus said it would and he certainly does not judge us for going through hard times.
The second lesson is that whatever trouble we are going through, it is not as big as the person of Jesus. This can sound like a well-meaning cliché, but Jesus was pointing out the truth when he said that he had overcome the world by rising from the dead – a vision that we are invited to hold before every trouble that we go through. God is able to pour power into every situation we face - a power that is beyond our wildest comprehension.
Whatever troubles you may be going through right now, in your mind place them in one hand, and in the other hand hold on to the power that God released through the resurrection of Jesus. As you bring your two hands together the promise of Jesus is that the power of God will be at work in your life in some glorious way.
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