“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Long before I knew Christ as my Savior, I knew this verse. I found it and clung to it because it was one of few things in the world that spoke so clearly about something I knew to be true and wanted to be true. I knew this world and this life was full of trouble. I wanted to know that it could be overcome.
I spent years believing that I needed to good enough, kind enough, right enough, and particularly wonderful enough that everyone around me proclaimed me a Christian. I believed this until I realized that there is no overcoming my inadequacy on my own. The “trouble” part of that verse was indeed true…but the overcoming? Well, I needed a major change in pronouns.
Christ has overcome the world. He has overcome every trouble, even death, even sin. Even my sin. And yours.
“If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved”
More than knowing things about the Bible, trying to be good, or even believing that Christ is real, salvation comes upon settling the matter with Christ. When you trust in Christ as your Savior personally, you believe He died for you to remove your sin. You accept His rising again for you so as to make the way for you to be right with God.
In believing and confessing this truth, you repent of sin, your heart is changed, and you gain eternal life. Plus- a new life with Christ now.
I implore you if you have not considered Christ as Savior, or, if you have assented to the intellectual thought but not submitted with your heart to Him as YOUR Savior, ask Him now. You will never regret it.
Though trouble will come, you will have every reason for hope, every reason to take heart. And you won’t have to overcome anything to to do it- because He already has!
For more information, I invite you to consider the invitation and learn How to Know God.