all-church focus 2018 devotional

September 20th, Day #33 - John 16:16-33

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“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33


What do you seek to bring you peace? Food, friends, entertainment, shopping, etc.? 


How does Jesus’ overcoming the world bring you hope in whatever you may be facing right now? 


Invite Jesus to be everything that He says He can be in your life today!

game on

Read John 16:16-33


Jesus doesn’t promise rainbows and butterflies. If there is anything we have been learning this past week, it is that we are called on a difficult, even treacherous, journey. On this journey we have to endure trial and hardship. We may – no, we will – be hated. In the last week Jesus has been speaking to his disciples and he continues today by announcing His departure to them. We will not only see the disciples’ confusion, but also their anxiety.


Read until the end because you will see this great reversal as Jesus tells the disciples that even though they are concerned about His departure, it is actually the disciples that will be abandoning Jesus.

your move

Let’s look to what God wants to say directly to you today through John 16:16-33.

 

Scripture: Write down which part of this story sticks with you after reading it through at least one time. What about it made it stick?


Observation: Where is joy found in this passage? When is joy found in this passage? 


Application: Where do you need the joy of Jesus in your life? How could His joy change your outlook and demeanor today?

 

Prayer: Ask the Father to fill you with the joy of Jesus that you especially need today (vs. 23-24) and then, at the end of the day, write down how the Lord answered your prayer!.

bonus round

Jesus told his followers in 16:33, "I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” 


What does Jesus overcoming our own tribulations look like? Check out this powerful story about how Jesus overcame the darkness in the Park family's life: 


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What struck you about Katie and Nathan's story? How did Jesus help them "overcome?" How did He bring peace into their lives, despite the difficulties they faced?


What about you? What difficulties in your life would you like Jesus to help you "overcome?" Spend some time in prayer with God today, surrendering your life and situations to Him, and asking Him for His peace!