16READ:  John 16

John 16:33“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

For anyone who ever thought that once you became a Christ Follower it is all “pie-in-the-sky-till-you-die” – WRONG!  Jesus dispels that myth right here where He even tells us that “in this world you will have troubles.”  No doubt about it.  But the big difference is that no matter what this life deals out to me or you – we can take heart.  We still have hope.  And we have hope in someone who has overcome anything this world can dish out.  If we have relational troubles – take heart!  If we have financial troubles – take heart!  If we have vocational problems – take heart!  We can “take heart” because we have a God and a community of believers behind us and with us that promises to get us through anything!  That gives me a peace.

:  Father, you know my struggles this morning.  You know the trouble that this world is giving me.  You also know all the troubles that have come to every person reading this.  I ask that just as you described in John 16 that through your Spirit you help us to “take heart”.  Give us hope in knowing that You have overcome whatever it is that has us down.  Give us a peace that comes from your hope.  With love and loyalty, Dave.

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