33I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]
John 16:33 (Amplified)
When I got into the Word Of Faith, there were some well intentioned christians trying to convince me that there are troubles in this world. (As if I never had troubles in my life.) This is due to misconceptions based on rumours that said Word Of Faith teaches people there are no troubles if you believe in Jesus. Well the truth is I have never heard of such messages.
There are tribulations, trials, distress and frustrations in this world. But the good news is Jesus had overcome it for us. In the Amplified Bible this means Jesus had deprived all the tribulations, trials, distress and frustrations of their power to harm us. He had conquered all of them for us.
What does this mean?
If you are a believer of Jesus, no matter what tribulations, trials, distress and frustrations that are facing you right now, Jesus has conquered them all. They have no power to harm you. All you need is to believe and not allow yourself to be affected by them. As long as you don’t give up you will triumph over them.
According to the above verse you need to be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]!
In short, guard your heart.
20 My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words.
21 Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart;
22 for they are life to those who find them and health to a man’s whole body.
23 Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.
Proverbs 4:20-23 (NIV)
Your heart is the wellspring of life. There are 2 important lessons in the above verses:
1. God’s words bring life and health to our bodies.
2. We need to guard our heart.
How do we guard our hearts? By focusing our attentions on the promises of God even if we cannot see them in the natural. The devil only has one tactic – get us worried by pointing us to the negative circumstances around us. He will even used people with good intentions to say things like,
“If God really promised prosperity, why are there still poor christians?”
“If God really promised healing, why are there still sick christians?”
“If God really promised protection from harm, why do we have christians who died young?”
Once we fall for that, our hearts will be unguarded and we got worried. When we get worried, the wellspring of life is choked. Our faith become ineffective and we become vulnerable for further attacks. This is what the devil is hoping for.
This is his only objective when launching attacks against us because he knows that as long as we are guarding our hearts, he is no match for us. His attacks won’t last. All the tribulations, trials, distress and frustrations he has created for us will have to go away as long as we continue to guard our hearts, refuse to worry and continue to believe.
Our only defense is to keep believing and focus on the Word Of God regardless of circumstances. The choice is yours. Will you choose to give up every time you are attacked and become an easy prey or will you choose to believe in God and fight.