Be of Good Cheer

by Anita Mondragon

“In the world, you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” –John 16:33

 I’ve heard this verse quoted since I was a little kid, and since becoming an adult, I have experienced it…literally; so I should not only KNOW it’s words, but I should at this point in my life realize the truth and the power in these words!

Yet, here I am again, going through some stuff; and while my boat is hurled about upon the waters of life’s troubled sea, I find myself doubting once again.  When you’re in a storm, holding on for dear life, it’s difficult to “be of good cheer.”

But, the only way to have peace…to stay comforted in times of trouble is to KNOW who the Captain of your boat is!  To realize HE is guiding your ship.  To remember, He walked on water!  To be certain that He commands the winds and waves …HE calms the storm!

If you KNOW Jesus as your Lord and Savior, yet you find yourself worried, or fearful of the outcome regarding a certain situation…remind yourself WHO it is that pilots your boat…WHO has His hands on the wheel…WHO is at the helm and in control.  It is JESUS!  And like the song says, “He didn’t bring us this far to leave us.  He didn’t teach us to swim, to let us drown.  He didn’t build His home in us, to move away, and He didn’t lift us up to let us down…” –Tim Shephard

If you have some things that you can’t “fix” on your own, then trust God to do it!  Keep the faith!  God will reward your trust in Him and your faithfulness to Him for the victory!

It says in 1 John 5:4:  “For whatsoever is born of God, overcomes the world: And this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our FAITH.”


GOD IS IN CONTROL…so let go of the wheel, raise your hands in Praise, and trust the Master to safely guide you through your storm!

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