February 23 | John 16:33
“These things I have said to you for the purpose that you may have peace in me; in this world you will have tribulation, but take courage, I have overcome the world.”” (John 16:33)
Having the roughest day in the world, you want to know that it’s not all for nothing. The Bible declares you victorious in Christ, an overcomer over temptation and sin. But you don’t always feel it. Sometimes you have days where you feel like you’re losing the battle.
Sure, everyone reminds you that Jesus won the war. But that doesn’t make you feel any better. Jesus told the disciples they would soon flee to their houses. He’s probably talking about later that night in Gethsemane. As Jesus is arrested, all the disciples run away.
Jesus wanted to encourage them. It would be one of the darkest nights of his life. He would suffer being alone in the middle of God’s judgment against the world placed upon him. He would not only suffer as the sinless Son of God taking on the sin of the world, but alone while doing it.
Jesus brings us peace in our moments of despair. He reminds us that even when we don’t feel like overcomers, he has overcome the world. The tribulation and hardship we face will soon be a thing of the past. Jesus has won the war, and your battles won’t change that.
Action Step: Thank Jesus that he has won every battle and war. You are in overcomer even when you don’t feel it. Rejoice in Jesus’ victory. Walk in victory as a child of God.
King Jesus, thank you for winning the war. I rejoice in your victory made mine because I’m a child of God. I am facing some tough challenges today. I bring them before you and lay them at your feet. I know you will make me victorious today.