No Problems Please, we’re Christians

No Problems Please, we’re Christians

John 16:17-33

17Then said some of his disciples among themselves, What is this that he saith unto us, A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me: and, Because I go to the Father?

18They said therefore, What is this that he saith, A little while? we cannot tell what he saith. 19Now Jesus knew that they were desirous to ask him, and said unto them, Do ye enquire among yourselves of that I said, A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me? 20Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.

21A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world. 22And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.

23And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. 24Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full. 25These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father. 26At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you: 27For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God. 28I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father.

29His disciples said unto him, Lo, now speakest thou plainly, and speakest no proverb. 30Now are we sure that thou knowest all things, and needest not that any man should ask thee: by this we believe that thou camest forth from God. 31Jesus answered them, Do ye now believe?

32Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me. 33These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

How many of us really did expect when we became Christians that all our troubles would disappear?  The truth is…they don’t!  Our motto very quickly becomes:

No tribulation please we’re Christians!

He promised peace

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. – John 16:33a

He promised trouble

In the world ye shall have tribulation – John 16:33b

He promised triumph

but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. – John 16:33c

Two truths to remember when in need of victory

It’s not always our fault

There are times when we are powerless to change the circumstances around us

It is not an excuse to avoid doing something to help

It is always our faith

Our faith is what will carry us through any problem we have

The key to triumph is to ensure that our attentions is not distracted from God whatever is happening.  That is the very desire of the devil.

Don’t lose sight of Him

Don’t lose contact with Him

Don’t lose faith in Him

One final thought

What Jesus did immediately after sharing the words we have looked at tells us so much about God’s heart for us.

He looked towards heaven and prayed – John 17:1

Jesus more than anyone else knows the challenges of our faith.

So He prays for you

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