“‘I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.’” John 16:33

Do you remember Superman? Of course you do. The superhero’s story has become ubiquitous in our culture over the past several decades. The Man of Steel, as he’s called, was sent to earth by his parents as a baby from another planet. Once he got here, the differences between earth and his home planet gave him super strength and a host of other powers.

There was only one thing that he couldn’t overcome: Kryptonite. The green substance was his downfall, taking all his abilities with it. All an enemy had to do was get a supply, and Superman would be powerless to stop him.

We all have our Kryptonite, too. What is yours? What is it that keeps you awake at night? What failures, hurts, and habits seem more than you can bear and prevent you from leading the life He has envisioned for you?

No matter what yours is, I offer you hope today. These issues might bring you down, but they are no match for the power of our Lord. Jesus told His disciples that He came to conquer the world, to overcome it! That power now lives within us, giving us the strength to put aside whatever is weighing us down and live victoriously.

I know what my Kryptonite is. Have you identified yours? Don’t lose heart! Submit it to Him – and keep submitting it until you are free. In return, He will grant you His peace the power to be an overcomer.