Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Your Road to Victory Starts in Gethsemane!
"God's grace is very often found in our wilderness experience or in our dungeons. It's possible for you to find it in your Gethsemane hour and in your suffering. You may gain no release from the dungeon that has imprisoned you, but you can obtain grace that gives you victory while in that dungeon!" (Kathryn Kuhlman: In Search of Blessings)We must all experience our own garden of Gethsemane in our lives where we completely surrender to the will God and say, "not my will God, but yours be done." Let's look at the garden of Gethsemane, 41 And he was withdrawn from them about a stone's cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, 42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. 43 And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. 44 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. (Luke 22:42-44) There are moments in life you look ahead to what God is telling you to do and you know it will require torment and death to your desires and will. It might even cause some to half heartily serve God or completely walk away. 24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. 25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. (Matthew 16:24-25) This is not talking about a physical death but a death to ourselves, our thoughts, our fears, our will, the world we have created for ourselves. In Luke it says Jesus was in agony trying to lay down His will, it's not that He didn't want to lay down His life for us, but Jesus was man and God and in this very moment we see the man Jesus was, just as we are. That's why He was in agony because He knew what He had to do,that is, allow His will to become the Father's will and that's what He was praying for. Jesus is our great example, when we come to the place in our lives that our will is screaming what it thinks we should do we must go to Gethsemane until our will becomes His will and in that moment not only will we grab a hold of His will but we able to tell our minds to SHUT UP, and let God speak! We live in a culture that says, "do what you feel is right, follow your heart!" What happens when your heart lies, the bible says the ways of a man seems right to him but in the end brings destruction. (Proverbs 16:25) We have to realize that God is not interested in our comfort but in our obedience, it is not fun to die to your will, it screams and kicks and yells, but once we see the blessings that God has for us after we lay down our lives we wonder why we didn't just joyfully come and lay everything down sooner. If Jesus himself had to say, "Nevertheless Lord not my will but yours be done," how can we think we are above our great example. So remember when faced with a battle of wills go to Gethsemane and let it go, lay it down, grab onto God's hand and walk through life with Him! I promise you until we lay down our control completely in every area God can not fully use us! Stay Blessed!