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Daily Reading: 19th October 2015

 

Monday 19th October 2015

Please Pray for: John & Sue Murphy

John 16.31-33 cont.

31 Jesus answered them: “Do you now believe?”

32 Look, the hour comes and has already come when each of you will be scattered each to his own place and only I will be left, but I am not alone, because My Father is with Me.

33 I have spoken these things to you so that you might have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but be courageous, I have overcome the world.

All that Jesus had been saying to His disciples was with the intent of bringing peace to them. His concern in revealing things to them was for their peace; it was not the peace of serenity; it was not the peace where there was to be the absence of conflict.

During the 2nd World War Winston Churchill made some quite famous speeches, in particular telling the British people that all he could promise them was ‘blood, toil, tears, and sweat’. He told them that they would fight them (the Germans) on the beaches. He was telling the British people that the road to peace was to be a hard one.

Jesus told His disciples that they had peace through what He had said to them. It may have not been peace with the world; however, it was the peace that He conferred upon them, peace with Himself and peace with God. It was the peace that Paul described as being:

far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus – Philippians 4.7 (NLT).

Winston Churchill knew that the long road to victory in the 2nd World War was a road of struggle, tribulation, and hardship. He also knew that he could not guarantee victory, he could not guarantee peace.

Yet this is exactly what Jesus did for His disciples and for everyone who receives Him as Lord and Saviour.

Jesus tells us that no matter what the hardships, and no matter what the difficulties that may be in front of us, and no matter how great our tribulation in this world, He has overcome the world. The world may be able to harm us, it may even put His followers to death, but it can never destroy the peace that Jesus plants into our souls.

Our peace in Jesus is guaranteed.

Therefore James was able to write these words:

[2] Dear brothers and sisters, whenever trouble comes your way, let it be an opportunity for joy. [3] For when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. [4] So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be strong in character and ready for anything – James 1.2-4 (NLT).

With such peace we can be courageous.

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