July 17, 2019

You will have peace - Bro. T. Stephen

My  Dear  Brothers and Sisters, I greet and bless everyone in the name of Jesus  Christ our Lord.  The blessed word that God has given for you today is from the book of John 16: 33, “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world, you will have troubles. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

My Dear Brothers and Sisters, there is no one in this world who does not go through troubles. Everyone seems to be suffering in one way or the other. The Bible says, “Take heart!  I have overcome the world.”Some people will face financial problems, while others have some sickness. Maybe some are badly in need of a good job, or maybe on the lookout for a life partner. Some may be going through a broken  family life. Some must have lost their dear and near one and immersed in deep sorrow. Thus we see a whole lot of people, suffering in one way or the other. That is why the Lord says,    “In this world, you will have tribulation, but take heart, I have overcome the world.” He encourages the people by saying, not to be worried but to be cheerful in the Lord.

My Dear Brothers and Sisters, When Jesus walked on the face of this earth, He was not a bouncy, positive thinker. He was a man of sorrows. And so He promised His followers, “In the world, you will have tribulation”.  When we find ourselves experiencing weakness,  insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities, something strange isn’t, happening to us, ”for the Bible says, When I am weak, then I am strong.”

My Dear Brothers and Sisters, We may experience sorrow from the world and redemption from our Saviour who will work in our sorrows for ultimate good. It’s the spirit in the soul that allows us to be both sorrowful yet always, rejoicing. So in your days of darkness, Jesus understands your situation and does not want you to be troubled about the situation you are going through. Since He has overcome the world He wants you to overcome the world too.

My Dear Brothers and Sisters, This is the conclusion of our Lord’s Sermon to his disciples. Since he was about to depart, to His Father in Heaven, He assured His disciples that he was going to prepare a place for them.  He came to this earth to fulfill the plan of God the Father. The will of the Father was that Jesus had to take up the sufferings of the cross.  Jesus knew that His disciples would not be able to bear his sudden departure. So He prepares their heart to bear not only the loss of his presence but also to bear with Him the sufferings he had to go through on the cross of Calvary as it was the will and plan of God the Father. He cautions His disciples by saying, that He had told them of these things so that they might have peace in Him. May we apply His counsel in our life and lead a life pleasing unto God and thus acquire peace.

Prayer:  Our loving heavenly Father, we thank You for this blessed day. Lord, we are glad to know that you were mindful of your disciples. You had prepared their heart to bear Your sufferings. Thank You for preparing a place for us in Heaven. Help us to hold on to Faith and overcome the world. May we remember to be born of God.

In Jesus name we pray.


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