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WED
Praise Team Practice
7:00 PM
The Praise Team instrumentalists and vocalists will practice each Wednesday night at 7:00 P.M. in the sanctuary.
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SUN
9AM Contemporary Service
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Bible Search
Prevailing Panic vs. EverPresent Savior

Prevailing Panic vs. EverPresent Savior

 

John 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.”

 

We live in a world in which panic seems to be an everyday part of life.  One glance at social media lets you know that everyone is in a panic about something.  It may be something going on in their own life, it may be something happening to a friend or family member, or it could be something else entirely.  People panic over elections, over the stock market, over real news, over fake news, over someone’s Facebook post, over what someone didn’t post on Facebook.  Panic seems to be an everyday part of life.  

 

If we are followers of Jesus Christ we should not panic at anything however.  That is a bold statement (read the Bible its full of them), but it is true.  Over 300 times Scripturally we are told, “fear not I am with you.”  We are also told to “be strong and courageous.”  And to only fear the one who can kill our body and soul in a place called hell (speaking of bold statements).  When you take all of those things together what it means is this, we as Christ followers should never panic.  In fact the Bible says, “God has not given us a spirit of fear.”  Once again do not panic.  Why? Because God is with us and because God is in control.

 

Jesus told His disciples in John 16, “in this world you will have tribulation.”  In other words hard times, difficulties, suffering and bad news is a part of life.  The Greek word that is used there is a word that means “to be under pressure, afflicted(-tion), anguish, burdened, persecution, tribulation, trouble.”  In other word life is hard, sometimes you will feel under pressure.  Sometimes the news you hear may put you in anguish.  You will be burdened for things (in fact you should be burdened for those that are lost without Jesus), you will have troubles, you may even be persecuted.  Those things are a fact Jesus says.  

 

Now notice what He does not say, never one time does He say panic about those things.  Never one time does He say if you feel burdened throw up your hand and quit.  Never one time does He say if you feel under pressure, give up.  In fact He says just the opposite, He says you can have peace in the midst of those things.

 

You can have peace when the world troubles you.  You can have peace in the midst of stress.  You can have peace when you are in pain.  You can have peace when the news from the doctors isn’t good.  You can have peace when the world’s troubles are raging.  You can have peace even when you are persecuted.  Now do you see why its a bold statement.  You can have peace in this world.  How?  Through Jesus.  You can have peace through Him because most importantly through His blood and His sacrifice on the cross you can have peace with God.  

 

We can have peace even when the world falls apart, or when life lets us down.  How? Because we have a relationship with Almighty God through the blood of Jesus Christ and because of Him we will ultimately be victorious.  He begins by telling us He wants us to have peace in v. 33, then He gives us the bad news of you will have trouble, but then again the good news, “take heart I have overcome the world.”  We can have peace because we have peace with God, because Jesus is with us, and because we are ultimately victorious.  So rest today in the peace of God.  The peace that passes all understanding.