“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” Jesus… John 16:33 NKJV
So, how was your 2014? Are you excited for 2015? I can honestly say that 2014 was one of the toughest years of my life as far as tribulations go, so I am very ready to start a new year! I don’t expect 2015 to be as bad as 2014, but I do expect to definitely have tribulations because Jesus promises we will have them. Its not one of those promises that we love to memorize, but Jesus wants us to have courage in the midst of our trials. The crazy thing is that Jesus hadn’t yet been scourged, beaten, mocked, spit upon and crucified yet, and yet He still says that He has overcome the world. He knew that He would go to the cross and be the one who conquers death and defeat sin for us so here He is encouraging us to have courage in the midst of the unrest of our trials to remember that the ultimate peace comes from Him. Our trials can be tough, but if we are focused on the fact that Jesus overcame the world by paying the price for our sins, and giving us the promise of eternal life in heaven, then our peace will be in Him. Eternal life is forever and heaven will blow away any of your most awesome experiences or your worst trials here on this earth. We should expect trials in 2015, but we should also be courageous during them, having peace in Jesus knowing the promises of forgiveness and what lies ahead.