In this world you have tribulation, so where is peace?

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Many believe as I once did that a life with God will be filled with ups and downs and good days and bad. But is this really true? Many times in scriptures we read that God will lead us to still waters, give us green pastures, protect us from harm, give us living water and the bread of life. He will make our paths straight, and not crooked. This morning I was given two scriptures to back up what I had left on a friends post on Facebook.

Here are the passages.

John 16:33 NASB

These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.

“In Jesus you have peace”
“In the world you have tribulation”
“Jesus has overcome the ‘world'” (hold on to that one for the next one)

1 John 5:18-19 NASB

We know that no one who is born of God sins; but He who was born of God keeps him, and the evil one does not touch him. We know that we are of God, and that the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.

“The whole world lies in the power of the evil one” (Jesus has overcome the power of the evil one)
“Those born of God (have His Spirit in them) is kept by God and the evil one “does NOT” touch him”

So it seems to me that God rescues us from trouble of the world, and if we have trouble perhaps we aren’t in God but still in the world? Maybe the next time things are falling out from under us we ought to first ask ourselves am I still living in the world? It is hard to truly die to self and the world, but life with God isn’t hard.

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