I have said this to you, so that in me you may have peace. In the world you face persecution. But take courage; I have conquered the world!”New Revised Standard Edition
As a young girl, I climbed mountains, rode skateboards down high hills, played football with the boys, and nearly broke my neck on the neighbor’s trampoline. I was fearless and loved being outdoors. This world would eventually kill the adventurous spirit of that little girl and fearful would set in.
Trials exhaust our minds and hearts. Jesus knew our limitations to withstand constant pain, pressure, stress, and disappointment. He never said we may have trouble, he stated it was inevitable.
Instructed to trust him, he reminds us to stay strong, or take courage when the trials come.
- The NKJ tells us to be of good cheer
- The NIV instructs us to take heart
All differ in their word choice but remain consistent in direction. Taking courage, being of cheer, or take heart is a controlled thought choice. The troubles will come, but we can stay at peace and wrap our minds around Christ as he declares with power, “I have conquered the world!”
Surrender and trust allow God to fill us with peace through the trials we face. The more we focus on staying positive in our inner being, not just on the surface, the deeper His peace will flow. It is easy to trust him in the light and good times, but it requires courage to trust Him in the dark and unknown moments.
Are you courageous enough to surrender? Is today the day to control those thoughts?