John 16:33 - Peace In Jesus - The Word of God.

John 16:33 - Peace In Jesus - The Word of God.

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."  

   The disciples believed wholeheartedly that Jesus came from 
God, and Jesus accepted their profession of faith (John 17:8), yet 
they still deserted him after Jesus was arrested (see Mark 14:50). 
Jesus knew they would desert him, yet he accepted their words. He knew 
they would have to grow into men whose lives matched their words, 
even to the point of death.  
   The same is often true of us. Although we believe with our 
whole hearts, we still struggle to match our lives to our words. But 
the same is still true of Jesus. He accepts our inconsistent faith. 
Like the disciples, we must grow into people whose lives match our 
words, even to the point of dying to ourselves.  
   We may scatter at the first signs of trouble, but Jesus 
didn't. Where we fail, Jesus has succeeded. Where we are overcome by the 
world, Jesus has overcome. It is not our own inconsistent faith that we 
depend on. It is Jesus' constant faithfulness. We don't put faith in 
our own faith. We put our faith in Jesus. [One Year NLT SB re vv. 
32, 33] 


Windshield Wipers and God's Forgiveness
   One rainy afternoon I was driving along one of the main 
streets of town, taking those extra precautions necessary when the roads 
are wet and slick. Suddenly, my daughter, Aspen, spoke up from her 
relaxed position in her seat. "Dad, I'm thinking of something." This 
announcement usually meant she had been pondering some fact for a while, and 
was now ready to expound all that her six-year-old mind had 
discovered. I was eager to hear. "What are you thinking?" I asked. "The 
rain!;" she began, "is like sin, and the windshield wipers are like God 
wiping our sins away." After the chill bumps raced up my arms I was 
able to respond. "That's really good, Aspen." Then my curiosity broke 
in. How far would this little girl take this revelation? So I 
asked... "Do you notice how the rain keeps on coming? What does that tell 
you?" Aspen didn't hesitate one moment with her answer: "We keep on 
sinning, and God just keeps on forgiving us." I will always remember this 
whenever I turn my wipers on. In order to see the rainbow, you must first 
endure some rain. -Unknown Author  

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us 
our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9