Word 4U Today

“I KNEW YOU WERE TROUBLE WHEN YOU WALKED IN”

“I KNEW YOU WERE TROUBLE WHEN YOU WALKED IN”

Alright, so that Taylor Swift lyric isn’t in the Bible, but hey – at least she had her eyes open wide enough to spot trouble when it was headed her way. Do you?

We’re told not to worry about our lives (Matthew 6: 25), but it’s also vital not to be naïve. Wearing a WWJD wristband does not make you exempt from life’s issues – and if Jesus says trouble is a certainty, you can bet you’ll have your very own Taylor Swift lyric-worthy moments.

You could encounter any number of testing scenarios – health issues, relationship breakdowns, money worries; a whole bunch of things that could potentially stare you out and threaten to take you down like the Incredible Hulk on a bad day.

But the next bit of today’s verse in John 16:33 is the ultimate save-the-day line. Jesus says:

‘But take heart! For I have overcome the world.’

Note: Jesus doesn’t say that all the trouble will evaporate. Instead, He’s pointing you out to the bigger picture – a picture of the end game.  You don’t need to sit there paranoid and wondering when the next battle is coming, because He told you 2000 years ago that it’s already taken care of. And just in case there’s any doubt about the outcome, here’s a hint:

you in Him = win.

What now?

Armour up. Read Ephesians 6: 10-20 to remind yourself of the weapons you have at your disposal.

“In this world you will have trouble…” John 16: 33 NIV

Joy Ferdiz

April 10th, 2014

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