“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
Jesus was referring to what “things”?
“These things I have spoken to you, that you should not be made to stumble. They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service. And these things they will do to you because they have not known the Father nor Me. But these things I have told you, that when the time comes, you may remember that I told you of them.” John 16:1-4
Paul’s earthly inheritance? “However, The Spirit of Holiness testifies in every city to me and he says, ‘Chains and afflictions are prepared for you.’” Acts 20:23
“But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.”
What is moving you into deeper fellowship with Christ or away from trusting HIM with all your heart and not leaning unto your own understanding?
If you fail to believe Jesus overcame the world, then you will count your life dear to yourself and your world will be the kingdom you are enslaved to not the kingdom of God among an inheritance of the saints of Light born of the blood of Jesus raised in HIS resurrection.
How did Paul refer to his suffering? Momentary and light affliction!
“Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” II Corinthians 4:16-18
Be happy, be of good cheer, don’t be surprised about tribulation for HIS names sake, it is momentary and light. May your inner man be strengthened by the Holy Spirit of GOD HIMSELF.