John 16:33 — “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world” (NASB).
I can’t stress enough how important it is for you to pay careful attention to how Scripture is worded. Many Christians will jump and shout for joy when they read verses like the one above, but they fail to grasp the full meaning. Jesus said some very interesting things in John 16:33. Some of His message is encouraging, and some of it is very sobering. My purpose for writing today is for you to fully understand everything He said. I pray you are blessed.
We live in a world that is suffering from a widespread shortage of peace. It’s an epidemic affecting both Christians and the unsaved. Families are in turmoil, as marriages split and children rebel. Many people are experiencing a financial crunch. Suicide is on the rise, and substance abuse is rampant. Maybe today peace seems like a figment of your imagination. If so, please don’t misunderstand what I’m about to tell you. If your life lacks peace, it’s because Jesus isn’t the center of it.
It’s understandable that those who don’t know Christ live in a constant state of chaos, but sadly, many believers live their lives absent of peace as well. The only explanation I can offer is there are far too many believers who don’t know who they are in Christ. If your identity is found in Him, Jesus Himself promises peace. There is no peace outside of Jesus Christ.
My goal today is not to frustrate you or cause you to feel guilty. I want you to live the life God has purposed for you, and His desire is for your family to know overwhelming peace. If something or someone has taken priority over Jesus in your life, establish Him as number one again right now. Peace is yours.
Philemon 1:3 — Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ (NIV).
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