“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33, KJV)
Tribulation (Greek: [thlipsis] pressure, affliction, anguish, burdened, persecution, tribulation, trouble)
One of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do was accept the fact that life is filled with trouble. Maybe I was just an idealist or a dreamer and it took a while for me to fully understand today’s scripture. I kept looking for this place in my life where things would “level off.” However, storms will rise and rage in the life of a Christian. As soon as one storm passes another one is rising just over the horizon. But what does this matter when Christ has overcome the world?
God allows trouble in His children’s lives for manifold purposes. Tribulation will come to teach you patience, long-suffering or endurance. Trouble comes to push you deeper into the arms of God, to get to know Him better. Trouble comes to make you focus on God, not your circumstances or situations. Although God allows trials and tribulations to come into your life it is the devil that he uses to bring them about. Unfortunately, the devil has purpose in trials too. His aim is to chip away at your faith via keeping you so entangled in your problems that you DON’T focus on Christ.
There have been times that I would be so tangled up in my problems that they occupied all of my mind and most of my waking hours. I couldn't pray like I should and began to ask myself stupid questions such as, “Why isn’t God answering my prayers?” “I am not EVEN CLOSE to being God’s worse child!” “Why doesn’t He just bless me?” Stupid questions. This language indicates Satan is winning! I had allowed him to take my focus off Christ and he is working hard toward shaking my faith in the Lord Jesus. I should have been asking God question like, “What are You going to show me about You today?” “What do You have for me to do today?” “How are We going to damage Satan’s kingdom today?”
I learned my lesson because I can take joy in the last part of the scripture “…but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” This means for every difficulty, every trial, every tribulation and any kind of trouble, Christ has already applied the remedy. Christ did not say I am going to overcome the world or I will overcome the world. He said I HAVE overcome the world. What a glorious truth and a wonderful comfort!
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