by Carolyn Hope
Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)
As with yesterday’s post, these are the very last words Jesus spoke to His disciples before He died for us. Often, when someone speaks, we remember their first and last words the most. These two sentences were what Jesus left the disciples with, which means they are especially meaningful.
Our position is that of victory. When trials and sorrows come, we don’t fight for victory; we fight from victory. Jesus told His disciples that He has overcome the world. Not us. Not our hard work, nor even our faith. Our overcoming and victory are because of what He has already done!
By the way, Jesus spoke this statement before He was crucified, buried, and risen. He hadn’t even done the full purpose He came to fulfill, but He still said, “I have overcome the world.” The victory of Christ is timeless and eternal. It can’t be altered or diminished. And this same forever victory is yours.
When you face an obstacle or a trial, stand strong in your victory. Even if you don’t yet see it, believe the truth about who you are: you are a conqueror, an overcomer, and a child of the undefeated King. That breakthrough will come. Those problems will be solved. The pain and hurt will be healed. You have the victory now; don’t give up on it.Like what you've read? Receive free email updates from The Voice Online: Subscribe