BE OF GOOD CHEERSep 22, 2023 2023-09-22 5:27
BE OF GOOD CHEER
BE OF GOOD CHEER
Read: JOHN 16:31-33
“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.” (John 16:33)
Jesus told His disciples that whilst they were in this world, they would encounter challenges. However, they were to be of ‘good cheer’ because He has already overcome the world. His prescription was not for them to fast and pray in the first instance.
There are two important insights for victorious living in Jesus’ statement. ‘Be of good cheer’ speaks of having the right attitude in the face of challenges. It is often said that ‘attitude is everything’. What this implies is that your chances of overcoming a challenge are higher if the right attitude is in place. Your attitude affects your thoughts which affects your feelings and eventually determines the action you take and of course the outcomes you get. If the attitude is wrong, it will trickle down and eventually lead to a wrong outcome. Having the right attitude is a critical first step in the face of challenges.
The second insight is in the phrase; ‘I have overcome the world’. With God’s help, there is no problem without a solution. Approach challenges with the mindset of a victor. The way you view a problem will affect your ability to tackle it. If you see it as threatening and overwhelming, your brain sends a signal to the body leading to a flight or freeze response. If on the other hand, you see that challenge as an easy kill, the brain sends the right signals to the body and wills it towards finding a solution. Why is this so? The brain is a pattern matching organ. If your expectation is constantly that of disaster or if you are in the habit of using words like horrible or terrible, the brain searches for situations that match your expectation and bring it to your reality.
“As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7). So, be of good cheer always.
IN HIS PRESENCE is written by Oke Chinye.
Have you asked Jesus Christ to come into your heart?
He says in Mathew 11:28, “come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” He longs to give you rest."
Would you like to do so now? Here’s a prayer you can say:
Dear Jesus, I believe that You died to save me from all my sins. Today, I invite you into my heart and I accept you as my Lord and Saviour. Please forgive all my sins and help me to live my life for You.
If you prayed this prayer, send me an email at email@example.com
I would love to pray with you personally and send you a copy of my book; ‘Living the Life’ to encourage you as you begin your new life in Christ.