33 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.
-Two important truths flow out of this verse of scripture: 1) If you’re in the world, you’re going to have trouble and 2) You can still have cheer because of Jesus. Notice that Jesus did not say “I have overcome the tribulation.” Why is that important? Regardless of how bad our tribulation may be, it is ultimately just a symptom; the sin and the curse that exists in the world is the cause. Jesus made it clear that He is not come to simply take care of our symptoms (although He certainly does that as well), He is come to address the root of the problem. No matter what you face in life, Jesus has already won that victory. That means none of us lives in defeat unless we’ve chosen to live in defeat.