Tuesday, March 31 2015
Every day we should set out the day with our focus completely fixed upon Jesus; apart from Him we can do nothing! As we approach Easter Sunday it is my prayer that we prepare ourselves for worship. Let Easter be a day of reminder, let it be a day of rejoicing, let it be a day of total surrender as it is a day of remembrance that Christ not only died on the cross as He took upon Himself all our sins but that on the third day He arose again and He now sits at the right hand of Father God and intercedes on our behalf (Prays for us continually) as the victor over sin and death! I pray these simple devotions will light your path to a closer walk with the Lord.
Who’s Will Be Done
My Father, if it is possible let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.
As believers we have two wills that struggle to be heard. We have the will of the flesh and the will of the Father. Jesus is demonstrating this struggle in His prayer to His Father. Just hours before Christ is to go to the cross He comes once more to the feet of the Father and asks that this cup pass from Him. The cup He is referring to is the cup of wrath for all sin. Christ came to this earth that He might receive the just punishment that was meant for all of us in sin (Romans 6:23a). When sin entered the world and separated man from God, God already had established a plan for reconciliation and His plan was Jesus Christ! Jesus came to earth to walk as we walk, to be tempted as we are tempted but He walked without sin. He did this that He may be found worthy to pay the penalty for all sin. In this time of prayer to the Father, Christ revealed the will of the flesh in that He desired to remove the cup; or to find an easier way. But never once did it cross the mind of Christ to not accept wholly the will of the Father. There was no sense of bartering or argument; there was just a sense of the will of the flesh being revealed and the will of the Father being obeyed.
Just as Christ has shown us there resides in each believer two separate wills, the will of the flesh and the will of the Father. In every decision we make we are fulfilling the needs of the flesh or the needs of the spirit. Jesus showed how both wills were available to Him but how in His mind and heart there was only one will to choose; that of the Father’s. As we approach Easter I would like us to think through the decisions we make. The impact of every decision, even seemingly small choices, can reap great rewards or grievous consequences. Think about an act as simple as inviting someone to church on Easter Sunday, just acknowledging someone you have never met, helping a friend or even sharing your testimony with someone. Think about how Christ drew you to Him. Think about the person or people that shared the gospel with you, what if they had chosen the will of the flesh and remained quiet. Where would you be without the people in your life that answered the will of the Father and shared Christ with you? Maybe someone is waiting on you to share with him/her. I pray that today can be that day!
I pray today will bring you opportunities for God to use you in a mighty way. Thank Him today for His willingness to be obedient even to the cross!