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

In looking at the definition for the word translated here, I read that "bold courage means living out the inner confidence that is Spirit-produced". It reminds me of this quote by future missionary Eric Liddell in Chariots of Fire:
"I have no formula for winning the race. Everyone runs in her own way, or his own way. And where does the power come from, to see the race to its end? From within."
Tribulation is experienced externally but often penetrates our very being. It can wreck us with worry. To this Jesus says that in Him we have peace. He speaks to us of taking hold of this inner divine confidence that overcomes tribulation.

Eric Liddell, like many in history, saw the race to the end because of this divine courage from within. These are examples to us of what it means to have courage. To never quit. To always believe. To take courage and overcome the world.

Help us today Lord to pick up the courage you have deposited in us and run the race with confidence.

... this devotion is part of an ongoing series on words in the bible.

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