“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.” – John 16:33 NIV
As Christians we are still going to have troubles, we are still going to suffer for the gospel. The persecution is inevitable and the sooner we accept this, the more prepared we will be. These storms are meant to destroy and remove us from GOD’s will for our life. Christ warned us about these coming times and He knew He won’t be here in the physical. Yet comfort comes from knowing that He overcame and so shall we.
Galatians 2:20 is one scripture that comforts me because the one that overcame the world is on the inside of me. For as long as I carry Him in me my victory is assured. The deck is stacked in my favour: no Russian roulette. For as long as I walk in line with God’s Word and counsel, I’m sorted. The Holy spirit guides me to victory. The moment I come off the rails that’s when the enermy has a shot at derailing me. Yielding to the Holy Spirit renders me untouchable. This is where my peace comes from. Who’s more equipped to guide me through the maze of life than the one who created it in the first place. Walking this journey without yielding to Him is like buying a Samsung smart TV and trying to use a JVC hand book to operate it, setting myself up for failure. When we take control we entangle ourselves and then blame Him for our troubles.
“But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come” (John 16:13 NIV). This scripture is self explanatory and choosing to do the opposite is foolish and ill-advised. He has overcome the world and since He is also in me, I too have already overcome. I walk in perpetual victory: present continuous tense.
When we take control we entangle ourselves and then blame Him for our troubles.