Discipleship Series – Week 6 – Tribulation & Peace

Now we talked about persecution and joy; now let’s break down tribulation and peace.

 

 Let’s go!

 

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. – John 16:33

 

That Word Tribulation is the greek word “Thlipsis”; it conveys the idea of being squeezed: or crushed beneath a weight. 

 

Basically, this is unbearable pressure. 

 

God used the song “surface pressure: from Disney’s Encanto (not that I endorse that movie) to reveal to me I was under this tribulation. I tend to take on the care of a mother to my 12 younger siblings, and the pressure of it all made me feel insane at times. 

 

I was a ticking time bomb. I would give my all, do my best and try to hold it all together. Still, I could never do enough, be enough, hold enough, and the problems never stopped coming, so I would break down, hide away, lay in a fetal position crying until I gave it to God, asked for His help, and got up and kept going. 

 

After a while, I would end back up on the floor weeping and wondering what was wrong with me. 

 

This, too, brought me closer to God, not because it was good or that it came from God (because it didn’t) but because I had to find the God of peace and love or die trying. 

 

The song shows a girl that looks to people on the outside to be strong, capable, reliable, and has it all together, but on the inside, “under the surface,” she feels everything falling apart, and she doubts her own worth if she stops. She can’t do all that her family expects from her. The song then asks: what breaks the camel’s back? “It’s pressure like a drip, drip, drip that will never stop. The line that says, “Give it to your sister your sister, you sisters older, giver get all the heavy things we can’t shoulder … see if she can hang on a little longer who am I if I can’t carry it all?” This made me emotional because all those memories were all too real for me. The Lord showed me that I could not continue to carry it or the weight would crush me to death, but He could carry it. Cast your cares on Him for He cares for you. That is tribulation, a weight that comes from world pressures that can and will crush you to death if you let it. 

 

You may be asking now, “Then why did Jesus promise we would have tribulations?”

 

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. – John 16:33

 

Because He has overcome the world.

 

Jesus has given us the victory.

 

 But in all these things, we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.  – Romans 8:37

 

Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. – 1 John 4:4 

 

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world; – even our faith. – 1 John 5:4

 

A few things need to be crystal clear… one tribulation is not good, and two tribulations is not from God.

 

For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. – 1 John 3:8

 

Third the Lord overcame the world, including its power of tribulation, and lastly, He gave us that victory that we can access through faith in Him.

 

Again.

 

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world; – even our faith. – 1 John 5:4

 

You will have tribulation, meaning it will come at you but use your faith to overcome it, and it will have no power over you. Amen! Praise the LORD!

 

Now peace is a weapon. 

 

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Faith produces fruit, and while it is the evidence of things unseen meaning, it is the fulfillment of the promise. It is the valve which life & grace flows through. 

 

Faith has more benefits than just seeing the promises come to pass. 

 

Faith gives us benefits during time part in seed, t…i…m…e……&……harvest! 

 

In the waiting, faith gives us patience and peace.

 

Here are a few quick definitions…

 

Patience-n.- The suffering of afflictions, pain, toil calamity, provocation or other evil, with a calm, unruffled temper; endurance without murmuring or fretfulness.

 

If I am calm and my temper is unruffled, that doesn’t seem like much suffering. Patience is a special endurance to take on tough situations that would make others suffer, but you are unruffled.

 

Peace-n.

  1. freedom from disturbance; tranquility.
  2. freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions

 

I see peace as a branch that shoots from the tree of faith. They aren’t the same thing, but the root of peace is faith. Faith is being in complete agreement with heaven. Being fully persuaded in the ability and goodness of God. When you know the God who takes care of you how can you do anything other than trust Him?

 

For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee. -Isaiah 41:13

 

Another way of looking at it is like nesting dolls. One comes out of the other. They set in motion a domino effect of good. From love comes trust, from trust comes faith, from faith, comes peace, from peace comes patience, and from patience comes the fulfillment of the promises and the proving of His perfect will.

 

Paul describes faith as a shield that quenches all the fiery darts of the enemy. I believe the Lord’s peace is the part of faith that is a shield. Peace is a result of believing something. When you believe we have the victory, the devil can’t push you into fear by saying you will lose.

 

Fear is always a trap. If the devil can bring you into fear, you have stepped into his playground. That’s why peace is so important. It keeps you on the ground of victory. The enemy can’t do anything to you unless you step out of peace.

 

 Peace I live with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled. Neither let it be afraid.” – John 14:27

 

God gave us a supernatural power to have peace and overcome. We have Jesus’ peace, and Jesus’ peace gives you the ability to tell your heart not to be troubled. To choose peace and joy no matter how the circumstances seem. 

 

This isn’t like the world’s peace. The world’s peace is based on circumstances, ie. The land had peace on every side; meaning no wars in it. 

God’s peace says, 

“therefore will not we fear though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be cast into the miss to the sea” Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.” – Psalm 46:2-3 

 

And the peace of God which passeth all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6

 

 When you operate in this peace while the world is experiencing thlipsis, they will come to you wanting whatever you have because they need peace. We are purposed for peace and joy.

 

 I want to wrap this up by telling you that nothing you go through in this life should take away your peace and joy. These are things that can and should go with you everywhere. Even our dear brothers and sisters in Christ that died as martyrs found joy in giving their lives to the Lord unto death. They went out singing. You never have to step out of peace and joy to do what God is calling you to do. – Amen

In His Service,

Abbie

Assignment:

Lesson – Surviving a Jacked Up World 3

Music – Crushing Snakes