OVERCOME The ENEMY !!!!

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John 16:33 (NKJV)

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.

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History Behind The Verse

It is important to note whom Jesus is speaking to in this verse.  In this chapter of John, Jesus is having a loving conversation with His disciples. He deeply cares for them and their welfare.  Jesus knows that when His disciples see Him tortured and killed they will feel very confused.  Jesus is aware of what is about to occur.  Because His disciples are so dependent on Him leading them,  they will scatter like frightened sheep when they witness His capture. To prepare them, Jesus is taking some time to reassure them.  He is stressing to His disciples of God’s (and our) ultimate victory in the endJesus knows that He is within hours of being tortured and killed, but He is more concerned about His friends’ reaction to His leaving than to His own pain. This is so amazing! Jesus loves His disciples so very much!! He knows that within a few short hours these men will witness a horrible act of violence against their leader and companion. Jesus is speaking these words to them so that when this event does take place they can reflect back on His words and feel comfort.

Just as these men in the book of John were disciples, we are also Jesus’ disciples today.  The words that were spoken in this verse are just as relevant to us as they were the original group of 12.  We are Jesus’ disciples!  We will sometimes be tempted to run!  We mustn’t! We are His apostles!!!! We will sometimes feel like we are defeated, but we are NOT!!

What exactly is a disciple?

http://biblehub.com/greek/3101.htm

Disciple:

The original word in the New Testament wasn’t the word disciple, it was the word mathetes.

mathétés: a disciple

Part of Speech: Noun, Masculine
Short Definition: a learner, disciple, pupil
Definition: a learner, disciple, pupil.

mathētḗs (from math-, the “mental effort needed to think something through”) – properly, a learner; a disciple, afollower of Christ who learns the doctrines of Scripture and the lifestyle they require; someone catechized with proper instruction from the Bible with its necessary follow-through (life-applications).

What is an apostle? 

After Jesus was crucified, the disciples became known as apostles.

http://www.gotquestions.org/twelve-apostles-disciples-12.html

The word “disciple” refers to a learner or follower. The word “apostle” means “one who is sent out.” While Jesus was on earth, His twelve followers were called disciples. The twelve disciples followed Jesus Christ, learned from Him, and were trained by Him. After His resurrection and ascension, Jesus sent the disciples out to be His witnesses. They were then referred to as the twelve apostles.

What was the relationship like between Jesus and His disciples?

One thing we have learned from Jesus (the GREATEST teacher of all time) is this:

There can be no discipleship without relationship.

Jesus spent much of His time building a relationship with His disciples.

He truly desired a close, loving relationship with these men.

He desires the same with each of us today!!!

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Key Word

Overcome

Overcome:  to carry off the victory, come off victorious

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Connection to Us

In this verse Jesus isn’t literally saying that He defeated the world (meaning the earth)  …   He is figuratively stating that He had defeated the ruler of the world (Satan). Jesus actually FOUGHT for each one of us and WON!!! To overcome an enemy- a fight or battle of some sort must take place. The battle between Jesus and Satan appeared to be one sided (if your eyes only looked at the blood shed by Christ Jesus) but, one can not always look at physical wounds to determine a victor! Every drop of blood which dripped from Jesus’ body meant another soul was being released from Satan’s claws!!!!  As a result of Jesus temporarily losing His life that day on Calvary, Satan was eternally losing His power over all of us Christians!!!

The eternal war for our souls is over, but the battle on our bodies and minds continues to take place daily. There is an exact time when the devil will be sentenced for his crimes and locked up to account for his actions, but that time has not yet come. Satan knows he has little time left. He knows he already lost the war, but that does not stop him from still battling. Satan knows how much Christ loves each one of us.  He also knows that Jesus does not want any of us to suffer.  Because of this, Satan does anything in his power to cause SUFFERING in each one of our lives.  The good news is that these battles are temporary. The next time you are in the midst of one of these difficult times- you can actually remind the devil of this!  Let these words come out of your mouth-

Satan, you have already lost the war for my soul!  You were overcome by Jesus that wonderful day on Calvary! You can mess with my mind and my body, but you CAN NOT touch my SOUL!!!  

STICKS AND STONES MIGHT BREAK MY BONES, But YOU, SATAN will NEVER HAVE ME!!!!!  

I am going to visualize Satan as a spoiled and angry little boy.  He can’t have what he wants (my soul), so like a little spoiled brat, he chooses to throw rocks at me as I pass him by!  Those rocks will sometimes hurt me, but they do NOT change the ultimate outcome for MY LIFE!!!!

Thanks to Jesus who OVERCAME my enemy for me …. I AM now FOREVER a part of the WINNING TEAM!!!!!!  🙂 🙂 🙂

Be of Good Cheer!!!!

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John 16:33 (NKJV)

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.

_____________________________________________________________________

History Behind The Verse

It is important to note whom Jesus is speaking to in this verse.  In this chapter of John, Jesus is having a loving conversation with His disciples. He deeply cares for them and their welfare.  Jesus knows that when His disciples see Him tortured and killed they will feel very confused.  Jesus is aware of what is about to occur.  Because His disciples are so dependent on Him leading them,  they will scatter like frightened sheep when they witness His capture. To prepare them, Jesus is taking some time to reassure them.  He is stressing to His disciples of God’s (and our) ultimate victory in the endJesus knows that He is within hours of being tortured and killed, but He is more concerned about His friends’ reaction to His leaving than to His own pain. This is so amazing! Jesus loves His disciples so very much!! He knows that within a few short hours these men will witness a horrible act of violence against their leader and companion. Jesus is speaking these words to them so that when this event does take place they can reflect back on His words and feel comfort.

Just as these men in the book of John were disciples, we are also Jesus’ disciples today.  The words that were spoken in this verse are just as relevant to us as they were the original group of 12.  We are Jesus’ disciples!  We will sometimes be tempted to run!  We mustn’t! We are His apostles!!!! We will sometimes feel like we are defeated, but we are NOT!!

What exactly is a disciple?

http://biblehub.com/greek/3101.htm

Disciple:

The original word in the New Testament wasn’t the word disciple, it was the word mathetes.

mathétés: a disciple

Part of Speech: Noun, Masculine
Short Definition: a learner, disciple, pupil
Definition: a learner, disciple, pupil.

mathētḗs (from math-, the “mental effort needed to think something through”) – properly, a learner; a disciple, a follower of Christ who learns the doctrines of Scripture and the lifestyle they require; someone catechized with proper instruction from the Bible with its necessary follow-through (life-applications).

What is an apostle? 

After Jesus was crucified, the disciples became known as apostles.

http://www.gotquestions.org/twelve-apostles-disciples-12.html

The word “disciple” refers to a learner or follower. The word “apostle” means “one who is sent out.” While Jesus was on earth, His twelve followers were called disciples. The twelve disciples followed Jesus Christ, learned from Him, and were trained by Him. After His resurrection and ascension, Jesus sent the disciples out to be His witnesses. They were then referred to as the twelve apostles.

What was the relationship like between Jesus and His disciples?

One thing we have learned from Jesus (the GREATEST teacher of all time) is this:

There can be no discipleship without relationship.

Jesus spent much of His time building a relationship with His disciples.

He truly desired a close, loving relationship with these men.

He desires the same with each of us today!!!

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Key Words

Be

Of

Good

Cheer

Be:    exist

of:     the relationship between a part and a whole

Good:  pleasing and welcome

Cheer:  cheerfulness, optimism, or confidence

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Connection To Us

As I read our verse today the word “of” really stood out to me.  I am a part of a family, I am a member of a ladies’ small group,  I am half of a marriage union.  You get the idea.  As I was pondering all of these examples,  I started to relate them back to the verse. Each time I  mentioned the word of, it was directly related to a specific group that I was a part of!  Some of the groups that I am a part of I chose to join and some of the groups I had no control over.

If you think about it, there are 2 main groups of people in this world:  one group is HEAVENLY minded and looks to their FUTURE as the source of their joy, the other group is EARTHLY minded and looks to their current situation to feel joy.  People who are earthly minded dwell on their present pain and tribulation, whereas people who are heavenly minded focus on the fact that their pain is only temporary. It is possible to actually feel joy while we are in the midst of earthly pain!  God has enabled us to experience separation in suffering. In other words, we can be in the midst of pain, but we can feel joy in the midst of our pain. We can be physically hurting but still have joy in our souls! We can be mentally exhausted, but still have peace of mind. I want to be intentional about which “team” I chose to align! I can choose to be Heavenly minded!

Consider this : athletes follow a “game plan” in order to win games the that they play.  As a member of the Heavenly minded team, we must do the same! We must have “plays” (VITAL daily routines) in place.  Our daily routines need to involve things which STRENGTHEN our mind in HEAVENLY WAYS:  reading our Bibles, reflecting on the promises found in God’s Word, listening to uplifting faith based music, surrounding ourselves with optimistic Christian friends. Our daily lives are VITAL workouts in faith!  The more time we spend building our Heavenly muscles, the more “full of good cheer” we will become!!!

****  A GREAT way to reflect on today’s devotion and scripture is to COLOR!!!  The coloring page found at the top of this page was created to help you GROW your Heavenly muscles!!! I challenge you to spend a few quiet minutes today coloring. As you color, think about the words found in John 16:33 and pray!  Let God speak to you and strengthen you!!! A team is only as good as their coach, and as Christians we have the ULTIMATE LEADER!!!  Devote some time today to sit quietly in the presence of our AMAZINGLY LOVING GOD!!!

You Will Have Tribulation

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John 16:33 (NKJV)

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.

_____________________________________________________________________

History Behind The Verse

It is important to note whom Jesus is speaking to in this verse.  In this chapter of John, Jesus is having a loving conversation with His disciples. He deeply cares for them and their welfare.  Jesus knows that when His disciples see Him tortured and killed they will feel very confused.  Jesus is aware of what is about to occur.  Because His disciples are so dependent on Him leading them,  they will scatter like frightened sheep when they witness His capture. To prepare them, Jesus is taking some time to reassure them.  He is stressing to His disciples of God’s (and our) ultimate victory in the endJesus knows that He is within hours of being tortured and killed, but He is more concerned about His friends’ reaction to His leaving than to His own pain. This is so amazing! Jesus loves His disciples so very much!! He knows that within a few short hours these men will witness a horrible act of violence against their leader and companion. Jesus is speaking these words to them so that when this event does take place they can reflect back on His words and feel comfort.

Just as these men in the book of John were disciples, we are also Jesus’ disciples today.  The words that were spoken in this verse are just as relevant to us as they were the original group of 12.  We are Jesus’ disciples!  We will sometimes be tempted to run!  We mustn’t! We are His apostles!!!! We will sometimes feel like we are defeated, but we are NOT!!

What exactly is a disciple?

http://biblehub.com/greek/3101.htm

Disciple:

The original word in the New Testament wasn’t the word disciple, it was the word mathetes.

mathétés: a disciple

Part of Speech: Noun, Masculine
Short Definition: a learner, disciple, pupil
Definition: a learner, disciple, pupil.

mathētḗs (from math-, the “mental effort needed to think something through”) – properly, a learner; a disciple, a follower of Christ who learns the doctrines of Scripture and the lifestyle they require; someone catechized with proper instruction from the Bible with its necessary follow-through (life-applications).

What is an apostle? 

After Jesus was crucified, the disciples became known as apostles.

http://www.gotquestions.org/twelve-apostles-disciples-12.html

The word “disciple” refers to a learner or follower. The word “apostle” means “one who is sent out.” While Jesus was on earth, His twelve followers were called disciples. The twelve disciples followed Jesus Christ, learned from Him, and were trained by Him. After His resurrection and ascension, Jesus sent the disciples out to be His witnesses. They were then referred to as the twelve apostles.

What was the relationship like between Jesus and His disciples?

One thing we have learned from Jesus (the GREATEST teacher of all time) is this:

There can be no discipleship without relationship.

Jesus spent much of His time building a relationship with His disciples.

He truly desired a close, loving relationship with these men.

He desires the same with each of us today!!!

_____________________________________________________________________

Key Word:

Tribulation

Tribulation– noun

unhappiness, pain, or suffering

: an experience that causes someone to suffer

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Connection to Us

It is important to note that the verse does not say that God will bring tribulation upon us, but it says that we will have it.  We live in a fallen world.  It is not God’s will for us to experience suffering, but unhappiness and pain are common elements that surround sin.  We live in a world full of sin and evil.  Suffering, pain, and unhappiness are companions with sin and evil.  Sometimes we will make the choice to choose to walk down a path that leads us into sin.  When we do this we are ultimately inviting suffering into our life! Unfortunately not all of the pain that we encounter is because of our own personal sin.  Sometimes our tribulation is a direct response to the overall evil that TEMPORARILY exists here on earth not as an effect of our own actions.

I have so many people in my life who are hurting as a direct result of the overall evil in our world:  a dear friend who lost her beloved daughter way too young, a friend who is battling cancer, and yet another friend who recently lost her battle to cancer.  I can only imagine how easy it is during pain like this to blame and question God.  Our Heavenly Father wants us to know that He is not behind our pain!  He is SO against us feeling pain that He actually came to our rescue. He sent Jesus,  His only son, to earth to fight the evil that causes our pain.  We need to always remember that JESUS WON THE BATTLE!!!!  The pain that we feel on earth is temporary, and The devil knows this.  He knows he lost. He knows that his time of influence will soon be over, but he is determined to grieve us as much as possible until that day comes. The pain we feel, may be very extreme at times, but it is temporary!  We can find comfort in that.

Art Tutorial: John 16:33

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JOhn 16:33 Take Courage by Nicole Plymesser Nelson

 

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Downloadable PDF coloring sheet:  rebus coloring

This was a wordy verse!  Is that a word?  Wordy?  Well, anyway…I couldn’t break it down, I wanted the entire verse to be in the artwork, and that doesn’t leave a lot of space for a large central drawing.  As I read it over and over, several pictures came to mind–and I realized I was reading it almost like a rebus. Remember those from preschool/kindergarten?  When a word is substituted with a picture.  Maybe back to school time helped form that idea.  But the more I considered the words, I found that they are difficult–yet so simple.  Again I felt the connection to the rebus.  That cemented the decision and I formulated a plan.

These are the substitutions:

  • The cross = Christ
  • stick person = you
  • 2 = to
  • needle = so
  • dove = peace
  • earth = world

Creating the artwork is pretty easy!  Most of the symbols are super basic .  The dove is a little harder–confession:  I searched Pinterest for dove tattoos! I knew it would be a simple line drawing!  I often use this trick to find simple outlines for different drawings.

  1.  Using a ruler draw 8 lines across the page.
  2. On the top line, draw a long arrow.  I actually used the line for the bottom of the arrow.
  3. Write the words and rebus symbols in pencil.  I have the spacing all figured out for you!  When you are done, then go over it in marker (just in case).
  4. The design needed some color; add rectangles of color around each word and color in the symbols.  You can use any medium for this:  crayons, markers, gelatos.  I used watercolor.
  5. Use a different medium or a slightly different shade to outline each rectangle to make them pop.

 

Do you Have Peace?

Overcome

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John 16:33 (NKJV)

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.

_____________________________________________________________________

History Behind The Verse

It is important to note whom Jesus is speaking to in this verse.  In this chapter of John, Jesus is having a loving conversation with His disciples. He deeply cares for them and their welfare.  Jesus knows that when His disciples see Him tortured and killed they will feel very confused.  Jesus is aware of what is about to occur.  Because His disciples are so dependent on Him leading them,  they will scatter like frightened sheep when they witness His capture. To prepare them, Jesus is taking some time to reassure them.  He is stressing to His disciples of God’s (and our) ultimate victory in the end. Jesus knows that He is within hours of being tortured and killed, but He is more concerned about His friends’ reaction to His leaving than to His own pain. This is so amazing! Jesus loves His disciples so very much!! He knows that within a few short hours these men will witness a horrible act of violence against their leader and companion. Jesus is speaking these words to them so that when this event does take place they can reflect back on His words and feel comfort.

Just as these men in the book of John were disciples, we are also Jesus’ disciples today.  The words that were spoken in this verse are just as relevant to us as they were the original group of 12.  We are Jesus’ disciples!  We will sometimes be tempted to run!  We mustn’t! We are His apostles!!!! We will sometimes feel like we are defeated, but we are NOT!!

What exactly is a disciple?

http://biblehub.com/greek/3101.htm

Disciple:

The original word in the New Testament wasn’t the word disciple, it was the word mathetes.

mathétés: a disciple

Part of Speech: Noun, Masculine
Short Definition: a learner, disciple, pupil
Definition: a learner, disciple, pupil.

mathētḗs (from math-, the “mental effort needed to think something through”) – properly, a learner; a disciple, a follower of Christ who learns the doctrines of Scripture and the lifestyle they require; someone catechized with proper instruction from the Bible with its necessary follow-through (life-applications).

What is an apostle? 

After Jesus was crucified, the disciples became known as apostles.

http://www.gotquestions.org/twelve-apostles-disciples-12.html

The word “disciple” refers to a learner or follower. The word “apostle” means “one who is sent out.” While Jesus was on earth, His twelve followers were called disciples. The twelve disciples followed Jesus Christ, learned from Him, and were trained by Him. After His resurrection and ascension, Jesus sent the disciples out to be His witnesses. They were then referred to as the twelve apostles.

What was the relationship like between Jesus and His disciples?

One thing we have learned from Jesus (the GREATEST teacher of all time) is this:

There can be no discipleship without relationship.

Jesus spent much of His time building a relationship with His disciples.

He truly desired a close, loving relationship with these men.

He desires the same with each of us today!!!

__________________________________________________________________________

Key Word:

Peace

Peace:  a stress-free state of security and calmness that comes when there’s no fighting or war, everything coexisting in perfect harmony and freedom.

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Connection to Us

There is a peace that comes with knowing how something is going to end, especially if it is going to end happily.  For Christians, we already KNOW how our life will end!  Our life on the earth ends at the same moment that our NEW life in Heaven begins!! THIS IS DEFINITELY A HAPPY ENDING!!!  Knowing the ending ahead of time should bring us deep and lasting peace.

As I was writing this devotion, I was reminded of my loving mother.  She hates to feel worry.  She also hates for anyone around her to feel worry.  Because of this she will often read the ending of a book before she begins the first chapter, or she will ask someone about the final scene of a movie before she begins watching it. Knowing the outcome helps her to relax and enjoy the beauty of the story line without feeling the concern to figure out the end.

It is a family joke to not ask my mom a question about a movie unless you want to know the ending!  Since she finds so much peace by knowing the end, she thinks that everyone in the family feels the same.  There have been many family movie nights suddenly lose their intensity as mom shares the outcome with anyone within ear shot.  She does this out of her deep love for us!  As annoying as it sometimes can be, my mom is truly wanting us to feel PEACE!

Jesus in John 16:33  is doing the same as my mom!  He is telling His disciples how His story will ultimately end. He wants to His disciples to have PEACE and not to feel WORRIED!!!!  We will go through hard times. We will feel pain and suffering, but we already know how our story will end!  There is PEACE in that!!!!