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Not My Will, But Yours

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Matthew 26:36  (HCSB)

Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane,  m and He told the disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 Taking along Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed.  38 Then He said to them, “My soul is swallowed up in sorrow —to the point of death.  Remain here and stay awake with Me.”  39 Going a little farther,  He fell facedown and prayed, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup pass from Me. Yet not as I will, but as You will.”

 

 

Have you ever prayed for something so important that your heart was ready to burst with sorrow? Have you ever been certain that God was going to answer your prayers, and He didn’t? Have you ever been angry at God for not answering your prayer the way you expected? Perhaps, your still holding on to some of bitterness towards God for “not being there” for you.

 

Christ knew what lay ahead of Him, the cross, the pain….the wrath of God. Sorrowful and deeply distressed, He went to the Father….His soul was SWALLOWED up in sorrow - to the point of death.  Yet, He willingly went to the cross, and on the cross cried out “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” In that moment, Christ bore the sins of the world and suffered the agonizing loss of communion (relationship) with the Father.

 

Nothing strikes the heart deeper in a human than the loss of a loved one, the absence, the loneliness, the loss of beloved companionship, the aching memories that bring you back to the precious moments, only to know that there will be no memories left to create together.

 

With the knowledge of what lay ahead, Christ sets before us an example that must not be overlooked. He makes a statement so bold that it shapes the very foundation of how we should pray, and His example is so extreme that it leaves little doubt that there are any exceptions.

 

39 Going a little farther,  He fell facedown and prayed, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup pass from Me. Yet not as I will, but as You will.”

 

Christ’s will submitted to the Fathers will, in the most extreme circumstances. He knew what lay ahead, He didn’t want it but placed God’s will above all else. And, this is how we should live and pray.

 

A few weeks back, Pastor Mack in his sermon shared with us something a friend of his had said…”I’m learning to fall in love with the will of God”.  I just don’t want only to submit to the will of God, I want to fall in love with His will. For me, its the only way I will be able to accept His will in dire circumstances. I believe that Jesus not only submitted to the will of God but was deeply and intimately in love with the Father’s will.

 

How will you fall in love with Him today?

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Dry, Desolate, & Without Water

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Psalm 63:1 (HCSB)

God, You are my God; I eagerly seek You.
I thirst for You; my body faints for You in a land that is dry, desolate, and without water.

 


This week many of us from Glen Meadows had the opportunity to serve at a Church in El Paso and the Rancho 3M orphanage in Mexico. It is always a humbling experience when we come face to face with wonderful people who are less fortunate than we are. Interestingly enough, what I found to be the most revealing was the joy that they had.

While at the orphanage I was reading Psalm 63. The words that immediately popped off the page was “dry, desolate and without water” …that is exactly how I would physically describe Guadalupe, Mexico…but not how I would describe the children’s hearts. They were beaming with joy.

Then I asked myself the question, “Why do I sometimes feel spiritually dry, desolate and without water?”

The answer that came to mind was my “gaze” ….who am I gazing on? Are my eyes set on God, and also in my praise… do my lips bring glory to Him?

Whether physically or spiritually, we all will experience rough conditions in our lives. Unfair or painful things will always exist the question is who will our gaze be set on and who will receive our praise? I once read, “we are always worshipping, the question is who or what are we worshipping?”

 

Psalm 63:2-4

“So I gaze on You in the sanctuary to see Your strength and Your glory. My lips will glorify You because Your faithful love is better than life. So I will praise You as long as I live; at Your name, I will lift up my hands.”

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