“In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33b). The believer does not look at life as though going through something. He is living inside Someone, and that Someone is God.
Thus, every spirit-filled believer, who lives by faith in God, takes up his cross daily, follows Jesus Christ daily, and dwells continuously on thing that are true, honest, pure, kind, just, and lovely, is content in whatsoever state he finds himself. “For I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content” (Philippians 4:11). Each day, he lives totally for God and has no desire for self-preservation. He has no desire to be occupied with anything other than what God is revealing to him through providential situations in the details of his own life. He accepts God’s plan as the very best for him and believes that it is the perfect will of God. He knows that God cares about the very details of his life (2). He counts it all joy. If the very thing that he worked so hard to accomplish goes awry, glory to God! Marvelous! He knows that it has happened for his sake, so that he will be conformed to the image of the Lord Jesus (3).