John 16:33 “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you  have tribulation, but take courage; in have overcome the world.”

When does the peace start? If my faith is the victory (1 John 5:4) and the One Who overcame the world loves me enough to live inside me (1 John 4:4), and is greater than he who live in the world, I’ve already overcome.

Why don’t I feel the victory and the peace that comes in it. I’m mean all the time, not just few and sometimes far between snippets. Okay, I admit it, I’m greedy for the victory.

So, what is there to overcome?

  • Insecurity
  • Doubt
  • Self-centeredness
  • Pride
  • Lack of self-control
  • Sadness
  • Emptiness

You name it, they all steal our victory in Christ. They are all stumbling blocks either self-inflicted or imposed by the world because of our lack of faith.

The victory is in our faith. One translation says trust (CJB). Until we let the knowledge of His sovereignty rest in our souls, we won’t experience that “peace prize” we all need.