Rabbi Schneider - How You Can Be Of Good Cheer
Greetings in Messiah Jesus. Shalom uvrachah, peace and blessings. Beloved, God never promised you and I that we wouldn't face hard times. He never promised that we wouldn't face difficulty. In fact, the opposite is true. Jesus said "in the world, you shall have trouble". But then He went on to say, "but be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world".
Some of us are trying to be of good cheer by trying to control everything, thinking that we can protect ourselves from everything in the world, but that is not possible because we live in a world that's full of darkness and chaos. Jesus never promised you that you wouldn't face hardship. What He promised you is that you would overcome every battle that you'll ever have to face. Not only that, but that you overcome in a way that is triumphant. Listen again what Paul said as I continue from last week in the book of Romans chapter eight, Paul said here "in all these things, we overwhelmingly".
You see the reason Jesus said that we should be of good cheer, knowing that we're going to face the battles is because not only will you get through the battle, but that you're overwhelmingly going to conquer whatever you face. You're not just going to get through. You're not just going to grit your teeth, hoping you can make it. Hoping you can make it that you're going to get through it by the skin of your teeth. No that's not what you should be thinking. But rather what we should be understanding is that we're going to overwhelmingly conquer in every battle that we face.
Now, sometimes you might not be able to feel that way in the immediate, but for those of us that truly have set our mind on Christ Jesus, we'll be able to look back on our life and see that every single thing that we went through, God used it for good. And at the end of the day, we ascended every trial and overwhelmingly conquered and that from our life is a sweet aroma to the Lord Jesus.