From Challenges to Champ

"In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world." — John 16:33, spoken by Jesus Christ.

You're going to face challenges. Some small. Some large. Some temporary. Some perpetual. Some today. Some tomorrow. But this should not surprise us. The operative word in Jesus' statement above is "will."  Jesus used this word deliberately. So since challenges are expected, maybe it's not the challenges that are the real challenge. Perhaps the challenge is having a better mindset as we encounter the challenge. Jesus continues, "take heart." He reminds us that challenges should not take a man to that place of despair where the heart feels defeated. And why? Well, because we face the challenge with the knowledge of ultimate victory — "I have overcome the world."

Today, as you experience the challenge, or challenges, you are facing, see them the way that God sees them. Your challenges, problems, and difficulties do not define you, but your response to them matters. Live like a champ in the face of the challenge.

DO THIS: Take heart when you're down today, and remember in Christ, you have victory.

PRAY THIS: God, I need to remember that you have overcome all the things that have got me down right now. Protect my heart and lift me up and show me the victory that you've already won.


Short. Sweet. To the Point.

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