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John 16:33

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 warned us that we would have trouble in this life, but He tells us to find peace in Him, to be of good cheer. Be certain, confident, and courageous!

If we are honest, trials can fill us with uncertainty. We are tempted to doubt God’s love and His good plans for us. Our faith shrivels into fear, and worry becomes our constant companion.

At the border of the cross, we have a choice to make. We can bring those burdens and entrust them to Jesus, or we can continue to bend under their weight. The apostle Peter has some reassuring advice for us.

If we humble ourselves under God’s mighty hand, when He deems the time is right, He will raise us up again (1 Peter 5:6-7). Peter encourages us to throw the whole weight of our anxieties on Jesus because He cares for us. His eyes are watching over us, and His ears are attuned to our prayers.

Peter speaks this beautiful declaration: “But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you” (1 Peter 5:10).

In the middle of the trial, allow Him to come and fill you with His peace. Cast your cares on Him. You can trust Him to raise you up again.

Blessing: 

And now may the Lord bless you, and may the Lord keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you, giving you His peace. May you be committed to doing the will of God, living in the perfect providential graciousness of God your Father. He will send His angels before you to prepare your way, and behind you to be your rear guard. Know that you will live within His divine favor, because you are obedient to Him. May the Lord bless you now in all things.

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

1 Chronicles 19:1-21:30

New Testament 

Romans 2:24-3:8

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 11:1-7

Proverbs 19:10-12

 

 

First Things First

First Things First

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