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Saturday, August 15, 2020

Today’s Message: Take Heart

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Today’s Scripture

“…In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

(John 16:33, NIV)

Take Heart

Every day, things come against us in life to try to steal our joy and rob us of our victory. In fact, throughout your whole life, the enemy has had one mission—to kill, steal and destroy your hope, vision and happiness. But notice what it says in today’s verse—“take heart.” In one translation, it says, “Be of good cheer.” Now that may seem strange to say right after the phrase, “in this world you will have trouble.”

But when we truly understand that we are overcomers in Christ Jesus, we can be joyful no matter what the circumstances look like. We don’t have to allow our emotions to get rattled. We don’t have to let our nerves go haywire. We can find rest knowing that Jesus has overcome the world and deprived it of the power to harm us!

Remember, the things that happen in this life are temporary. We are in this world but not of it. We need to keep our focus on eternal things, things above. Sure, we will have trouble in this life, but we can stay encouraged because in eternity, we are overcomers through Christ Jesus!

A Prayer for Today

“Father, I humbly come to You today. I ask that You help me stay focused on eternal things. I choose to have joy and peace no matter what comes my way because I know I have the ultimate victory in You in Jesus’ name. Amen.”


  1. All churches use their power to control people. They drill their doctrine into you on a continuous basis. Most of their laws are man made.

  2. The state has always used religion as a tool to enforce laws and make people obedient. Any human who follows a religion will follow decrees by religious leaders more readily than that of state authorities. This is a reason why religion and politics are closely associated especially in poorer societies. It is a very common feature especially in South Asia where I stay.

  3. When Was Jesus Crucified?
    Mark 15:25: And it was the third hour, and they crucified him.
    The third hour, as noted in the Amplified Bible, is 9am

    John 19:14-16: And it was the preparation of the Passover, and about the sixth hour: and he (Pilate) saith unto the Jews, Behold your King! But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar. Then delivered he him over therefore unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led him away.
    The sixth hour is Noon.

  4. How Long Did it Take for Jesus to Get to Heaven After the Crucifixion?
    Matthew 12:40: For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
    Jesus wouldn’t ascend to heaven for 3 days. His journey is compared to Jonah’s 3 days in the belly of the fish.

    Luke 23:42-43: And he said unto Jesus, “Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.” And Jesus said unto him, “Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in Paradise.”
    Jesus is to be in Paradise that very day.

  5. Magdalene

    Was the Stone Rolled Away?
    Matthew 28:1-2: After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it.
    The stone was in place when they arrived, and the angel rolled it back.

    Mark 16:4: But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.
    The stone had already been rolled away upon their arrival, noted also in Luke 24:2 and John 20:1.

  6. Who Did the Visitors Tell of Jesus’ Empty Tomb?
    Matthew 28:8: So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”
    The visitors were overjoyed, and they ran to tell the disciples

    Mark 16:8: Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.
    They were afraid, and told no one.

    Luke 24:9: When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others.
    They told the eleven and others.

    John 20:10: Then the disciples…

  7. went back to their homes, but Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.
    Mary informed Simon and the other disciple about the empty tomb, then she remained at the tomb crying.

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