Overcoming the World

Michael Beck

“… In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

Jesus overcame the world not by successfully swatting away every tribulation that came His way. He overcame by enduring His tribulations by the power of God. No one prior to Jesus ever ran the gauntlet of this world and came out unscathed. The greatest saints of old, Abraham, Moses, David, at some point, broke down under pressure and took a wrong turn. In patience, Jesus possessed His soul. He waited on the Father, refusing to hastily act or speak. He only did what He saw the Father doing; and only spoke what He heard the Father saying.

The New Testament saint has a far better provision to overcome than any Old testament saint had. We have the very life of Christ living within us. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. We have divine power that enables us to walk in the same patience Christ walked in. “Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness” (Col. 1:11).

Jesus taught us to pray: “Deliver us from evil.” (Luke 11:4) Surely, He could not have meant “deliver us from trouble,” because He later promised us that we will have trouble in the world. No, Jesus would prepare us for the reality of life as it is in this world. He has not equipped us to deflect away each and every “incoming missile” of trouble. He has equipped us to stand in the day of trouble. He would direct our hearts into His patience, making us overcomers, just like Him, in this world.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.