• Pastor Joyce Terry

We Are Overcomers

In John 16:33, Jesus tells the disciples, “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.” These were Jesus' parting words of encouragement to His followers just before being crucified. In this passage, Jesus reminds us that we are overcomers because of His peace, despite our problems, and through His power.

1) We will have peace. Jesus Himself is the source of our inner peace. Later in this same chapter (John 14:27), Jesus explains that the things of this world cannot provide us with the peace that can only come from Him. In fact, nothing in this world is designed to satisfy us completely – if so, the need for a Savior would not have been necessary. Jesus is our living hope who gives us peace, especially when we have struggles that weigh us down (Ephesians 2:14-16).

2) We will have problems. For some, the harsh reality that even believers will endure hardship seems unfair. However, Jesus made it very clear that we will face significant trouble in life. We should not be surprised when trials come, but instead be thankful that we have the Holy Spirit as our advocate (1 Peter 4:12-13). While being a Christian doesn't determine what we face, it should determine how we face our situations. Jesus tells us to remain cheerful when enduring difficult times. One may wonder how this is possible in the midst of real-life heartaches and pains. This is attained only by drawing close to and knowing God for ourselves (James 4:8).

3) We will have power. Jesus had not yet died on the cross or been resurrected but was already declaring victory over death and everything we would face in the world. Truth is, the same power that raised Him from the dead lives in us! We can live triumphantly because Jesus went before us and bore our sins, causing us to be mighty through and in Him (Ephesians 3:20). Therefore, we can have peace and courage amid our problems because we know we are not fighting our battles using our own strength (Philippians 4:13).

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