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In this World You Will Have Trouble

Weekly Devotionals

In this World You Will Have Trouble

“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

Jesus is brutally honest. He never promised that things would be rosy if we followed him. In fact he claims the very opposite, that in this fallen world we are bound to have trouble, and that by following him we would be persecuted. He promises though that He would be with us, and that despite the troubles and persecutions, in Him we would have peace.

The premise that having Him with us more than compensates for the troubles of the world can only be valid if he has overcome
the world, and that is the very claim He makes. And that is the truth. Through the cross and His resurrection, He has victory over death and thus over the fallen nature of this world.

Do you often times feel like, your life has become harder because you are a Christian? Have you found this to be true?

It makes us think of the prophet who asked, “Why do the wicked prosper?” (see Jer. 12:1)

I believe it is a spiritual principle and warfare. When the Israelites crossed the Jordan before they entered the Promised Land, they fought only two battles. Then after they entered the Promised Land, they fought 39 battles; King David’s persecution started after he was anointed to be king by prophet Samuel; Jesus was tempted by the devil in the desert right after God blessed Him in His
baptism.  When we seek to honor God in our life, we will be met with opposition from the spiritual forces of this world.

Do not be surprised when you find the way harder as a believer than when you were a non-believer. You now have more at stake among the spiritual forces that desire you to be defeated and ineffective.

Don’t be discouraged though, and take heart. Jesus is your victory for every battle you will encounter. Ultimately, the Promised Land was conquered, David became King, and Jesus ultimately conquered death.

Have a great week.