“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NIV)
| ||Jesus said, "I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won't be stumbling through the darkness because you will have the light that leads to life" (John 8:12 NLT, first edition). || |
Over the past few days, I’ve shared with you the effects of sin in our world. It’s been tough. It’s been discouraging. But here’s the good news: God loves you so much that he sent a Savior to rescue you.
Now it’s up to you. When sin makes your life hard, there are two things you need to do.
First, you need to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Are you still trying to solve your problems on your own? Do you still think you don’t need a savior? If that were really true, God wouldn’t have sent one. In today’s verse, Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble” (John 16:33). He didn’t say you might have trouble; he said you will have trouble. You can count on it, because we live in a broken world where nothing works perfectly.
But there’s good news in the next sentence: “But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Jesus can do what you can’t do on your own. He can fill the emptiness in your life and bring greater fullness to every area.
Second, you need to follow Jesus’ light. When you’re in the dark, you need a light; you need someone to guide you. Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t be stumbling through the darkness because you will have the light that leads to life” (John 8:12 NLT, first edition).
I can’t say it enough. You need to follow his light. This world is getting increasingly dark, and you need the right guide to lead you through it to the light of heaven.
If you’ve never accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, I hope you will take a moment and pray this prayer:
“Jesus, I just want to say I’m sorry for my sins. I need you to be my Savior. I realize I can’t solve all the problems in my life on my own. They’re too deep and too ingrained. Help me to follow your light when I’m in the dark, when I don’t know which direction to go in my relationships, in my finances, in my job, or with my health. Help me to see your light of truth, and lead me on the path that leads to forever. I pray this in your name. Amen.”
Saddleback Resources offers a small group Bible study related to these devotionals: The Invisible War-Winning the Battle of Temptation.
© Copyright 2011 Rick Warren. Used by permission.