• #Garden of #Gethsemane”
    April 17 And He came out and proceeded as was His custom to the #MountOfOlives; and the #disciples also followed Him. When He arrived at the place, He said to them, “ #Pray that you may not enter into #temptation.” And He #withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and began to pray, saying, “Father, if You are willing, #removeThisCup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.” Now an #angel from #heaven appeared to Him, #strengthening Him. And being in #agony He was praying very #fervently; and His #sweat became like #dropsOfBlood, falling down upon the ground.
    #Luke 22:39-44
    Listen to #todaysDevotional

    Before #Jesus would #endure the #physicalSuffering you’ve just #considered, He would experience #emotional and #spiritual #torment that was far #greater. In the #garden, the full scope of Jesus' #mission became readily #apparent. Jesus knew, once He left the garden, all that would occur: the #treacherous #betrayal by one of His own; being #derided and made #sport of by #soldiers; a #circus #trial in which #guilty #politicians #proclaimed #judgment on an #innocentMan; #brutal #beatings; and then, the #cross, the bearing of your #sin and mine.

    Without a doubt, this was the most #terrible of #missions ever given to an #individual. As you imagine the #serene garden scene, #contemplate the anguish Jesus must have #felt; the #mental #strain as He tried to grapple with His #Father's will: "Are you sure this is what You want Me to do?"
    Take your time; there is no hurry. Allow your thoughts to center on Jesus in His most holy moment. #Remember that His anguish was so great, His sweat became like drops of blood.

    Next, #reflect on the cup set before Him. Throughout the #OldTestament, the cup signified #GodsWrath; it was a symbol of #GodsJudgment against #sin from which #God makes the #rebelliousNations #drink. Jesus is the only one who ever lived whose sin didn't contribute to that cup, who didn’t deserve to #drink God's wrath – and yet, here, in the #GardenofGethsemane, He #surrendered to His Father’s will: "Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given Me?"

    Having considered Christ's #obedience, think about your own life mission. Are you in a Garden of Gethsemane moment? Is God calling you to do something you #naturally want to #resist, but His #persistent #voice is #callingYou #forward? Following #GodsWill often #requires #substantial #sacrifice.
    Is there a sacrifice God is asking you to make, perhaps on behalf of your #family, for the sake of a #friend, to #serve your #church? Let our #Lord's #example guide you to a new #commitment to be #faithful and #obedient to your mission, #regardless of the #cost.

    Prayer
    Lord, #thankYou for #accepting Your mission; now I pray that You will grant me a #willing heart to #accept mine. I can be so #mindful and even #resentful of the sacrifices required to love my family, serve in my #vocation, be a part of Your family and church, that I forget the #glory of Your prayer, "Not My will, but Yours be done." Lord, today, let this be #myPrayer also. https://mailchi.mp/bb17b489a3bf/last-supper-p11xhrx3h5-452221?e=9cbe669f39
    “ #Garden of #Gethsemane” April 17 And He came out and proceeded as was His custom to the #MountOfOlives; and the #disciples also followed Him. When He arrived at the place, He said to them, “ #Pray that you may not enter into #temptation.” And He #withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and began to pray, saying, “Father, if You are willing, #removeThisCup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.” Now an #angel from #heaven appeared to Him, #strengthening Him. And being in #agony He was praying very #fervently; and His #sweat became like #dropsOfBlood, falling down upon the ground. #Luke 22:39-44 Listen to #todaysDevotional Before #Jesus would #endure the #physicalSuffering you’ve just #considered, He would experience #emotional and #spiritual #torment that was far #greater. In the #garden, the full scope of Jesus' #mission became readily #apparent. Jesus knew, once He left the garden, all that would occur: the #treacherous #betrayal by one of His own; being #derided and made #sport of by #soldiers; a #circus #trial in which #guilty #politicians #proclaimed #judgment on an #innocentMan; #brutal #beatings; and then, the #cross, the bearing of your #sin and mine. Without a doubt, this was the most #terrible of #missions ever given to an #individual. As you imagine the #serene garden scene, #contemplate the anguish Jesus must have #felt; the #mental #strain as He tried to grapple with His #Father's will: "Are you sure this is what You want Me to do?" Take your time; there is no hurry. Allow your thoughts to center on Jesus in His most holy moment. #Remember that His anguish was so great, His sweat became like drops of blood. Next, #reflect on the cup set before Him. Throughout the #OldTestament, the cup signified #GodsWrath; it was a symbol of #GodsJudgment against #sin from which #God makes the #rebelliousNations #drink. Jesus is the only one who ever lived whose sin didn't contribute to that cup, who didn’t deserve to #drink God's wrath – and yet, here, in the #GardenofGethsemane, He #surrendered to His Father’s will: "Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given Me?" Having considered Christ's #obedience, think about your own life mission. Are you in a Garden of Gethsemane moment? Is God calling you to do something you #naturally want to #resist, but His #persistent #voice is #callingYou #forward? Following #GodsWill often #requires #substantial #sacrifice. Is there a sacrifice God is asking you to make, perhaps on behalf of your #family, for the sake of a #friend, to #serve your #church? Let our #Lord's #example guide you to a new #commitment to be #faithful and #obedient to your mission, #regardless of the #cost. Prayer Lord, #thankYou for #accepting Your mission; now I pray that You will grant me a #willing heart to #accept mine. I can be so #mindful and even #resentful of the sacrifices required to love my family, serve in my #vocation, be a part of Your family and church, that I forget the #glory of Your prayer, "Not My will, but Yours be done." Lord, today, let this be #myPrayer also. https://mailchi.mp/bb17b489a3bf/last-supper-p11xhrx3h5-452221?e=9cbe669f39
    "Garden of Gethsemane"
    Before Jesus would endure the physical suffering you've just considered, He would experience emotional and spiritual torment that was far greater.
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  • In #Gods #Mercy
    March 9 "FOR I WILL BE #MERCIFUL TO THEIR #INIQUITIES, AND I WILL #REMEMBER THEIR #SINS #NOMORE." #Hebrews8:12 (notice that repentance isn't mentioned here. God requires repentance first. God requires a repentant heart / attitude. Jesus said Repent and Sin no More.)

    “I’m sure you noticed I left you out of my #prayers,” said the whiny little #boy to his #parents as he crawled in bed, #offended by their #discipline. He was #unwilling to #letitgo.


    When #God #forgives us, He no longer lets our sin #influence His #feelings toward us. He lets it go. The #disciples #crushed #Jesus’ #heart that night in #Gethsemane when they #snored while He #wept. But Jesus didn’t let the #failure of His #followers #influence His #future #fellowship with them.


    God’s #promise of mercy includes the #dismissal of every #offense we’ve #committed #againstHim. https://mailchi.mp/winningwalk/the-truest-freedom-you-can-ever-experience-452017?e=9cbe669f39 #crushing #dailyquotes #dailyinspiration #victory #amen #dailymotivation #christian #devotions #BibleStudy #DailyDevotion #JesusChrist #Yeshuah #Messiah #Salvation #Truth #Forgiveness #TheGospel
    In #Gods #Mercy March 9 "FOR I WILL BE #MERCIFUL TO THEIR #INIQUITIES, AND I WILL #REMEMBER THEIR #SINS #NOMORE." #Hebrews8:12 (notice that repentance isn't mentioned here. God requires repentance first. God requires a repentant heart / attitude. Jesus said Repent and Sin no More.) “I’m sure you noticed I left you out of my #prayers,” said the whiny little #boy to his #parents as he crawled in bed, #offended by their #discipline. He was #unwilling to #letitgo. When #God #forgives us, He no longer lets our sin #influence His #feelings toward us. He lets it go. The #disciples #crushed #Jesus’ #heart that night in #Gethsemane when they #snored while He #wept. But Jesus didn’t let the #failure of His #followers #influence His #future #fellowship with them. God’s #promise of mercy includes the #dismissal of every #offense we’ve #committed #againstHim. https://mailchi.mp/winningwalk/the-truest-freedom-you-can-ever-experience-452017?e=9cbe669f39 #crushing #dailyquotes #dailyinspiration #victory #amen #dailymotivation #christian #devotions #BibleStudy #DailyDevotion #JesusChrist #Yeshuah #Messiah #Salvation #Truth #Forgiveness #TheGospel
    In God’s Mercy
    When God forgives us, He no longer lets our sin influence His feelings toward us.
    MAILCHI.MP
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