Yesterday in Shake It Off we asked, “What if our “trouble” was really an opportunity for us to trust God and let Him prove Himself strong? What if rather than praying for God to take away our “trouble”, we asked Him for strength to grow through it?”
Paul isn’t a super human, super spiritual, or someone that had access to something that we don’t. He was in the same battle that we’re all in. In 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 he pleaded three times. He had shaken in off but he obviously couldn’t get over it. The voices in his head were saying “trouble, trouble, trouble”.
What are the voices in your head saying? Whine, complain, feel sorry for yourself, be depressed, have a pity party ‘cause you deserve it? That’s the voice of the enemy. He wants you to fail. He wants you to fall. He want to you allow fatigue to set in and give up. We can choose to be miserable or cheerful.
Listen to the right voice and you’ll have the strength to make the right choice. (Bob Botsford)
We know that trouble is going to come. It’s not really a surprise is it? Jesus even told us “I have told you these things, so that in my name you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
The word peace, (eiene), means freedom from worry, total well being, prosperity, and security associated with God’s presence among His people. It’s linked to the Old Testament with the covenant and conditioned on Israel’s obedience.
In Jesus Christ, we have all the resources that we need. But peace depends also on appropriate relationships, because spiritual resources depend on spiritual relationships. “In Me” is the key. In ourselves, we have nothing; but “in Christ” we have all that we need. (Warren Wiersbe)
That truth is exactly why we can “take heart”, which means to “be courageous” and “cheer up.” That will then lead us to overcome (nikao), conquer and succeed in dealing with our problems and life situations. We can have his peace because HE has already overcome! He has overcome “not, only before you, but for you, that ye may be able to do the same” (Lange, J. P., & Schaff, P. (2008). A commentary on the Holy Scriptures: John (p. 502). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.)
John 16:33 tells me that God’s peace isn’t a byproduct of Him removing my trouble but rather it is in me trusting that regardless of the trouble, I am an overcomer through Christ. I can keep on having peace because God has adequate resources. I can succeed in dealing with my “trouble” knowing that this is when HE shows UP and shows OFF. Maybe you are feeling shipwrecked…but God has a Malta – a refuge where we find His peace and overcome the worst of scenarios. We can Get Over It because HE already has and will give us the means to do so as well.
- What are the things in your life, past or present, that you need to get over? Go ahead and list them out. Verbalize them.
- Look up these additional Scriptures and jot down your discoveries. Don’t make someone else keep doing it for you. Claim these truths for yourself through your own study.
1 John 4:4
1 John 5:4