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Not My Will, But Yours Be Done

Faith is exhibited by submitting to the will of God. The greatest illustration of this submission is Jesus’ prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane. Remember Jesus wasn’t all-knowing while He was on earth. His omniscience was voluntary and temporarily put aside.

Who, being in very nature  God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself. (Phil 2:6-8)

In the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus asked God to remove the cup from Him (taking the guilt for all of our sins and death) but only if it was God’s will. “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me.”

Jesus’ betrayal and arrest are close at hand. He wrestles with what is going on in Him and around Him. He seeks the comfort, and the will, of his Father. We usually think of prayer as a means to get something but Jesus did not pray to change God’s will but to submit to it. This way of praying turns us away from self-centeredness.

“And being in agony He was praying very fervently; and His sweat became like drops of blood, falling down upon the ground” (Luke 22:41–42, 44). In Matthew Jesus petitioned God three times (Mat 26:36–46). That was one fervent, prolonged prayer experience, so much so that during it the disciples fell asleep several times.

The Greek for “be done,” in the Gethsemane story (and in the Lord’s Prayer) is literally “happen.” Jesus was in absolute obedience, absolute submission to the Will of God.

Yemanja - Lost SoulsImagine the torturous wrestling to accept God’s will. It was probably more painful than actually doing His will. Coming to that place of complete surrender is evidence of real faith.

Faith in God means being faithful to Him and relying on Him without reserve to the point of being in “union with” with him (Gal 2:17). Having faith means abiding in Him–now–not “once this is finished” or “when so and so happens.”

Oswald Chambers speaks of continual abiding,

“In the initial stages it is a continual effort until it becomes so much the law of life that you abide in Him unconsciously. Determine to abide in Jesus wherever you are placed.”

I John 2:3-11 sheds important light on knowing we are in Him:

We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. The man who says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.

Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the beginning. This old command is the message you have heard. Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining.

Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness. Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in himd to make him stumble. But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness; he does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded him. 1 (John 2:3-11)

Having faith in God, being in union with Him, abiding in Christ will produce the fruit of obedience. This is how we are sure that we are united with him through obedience as Christ was obedient as unto death.

Faith–>Knowledge–>Obedience=Love

Faith in God is a belief in Him and His Word and getting to know Him. This leads to a love of God and love of others which is the law wrapped up in two commands. This love is obedience as well as the evidence of our faith in Him.

Jesus’ prayers reveal God as our faithful Promiser. God’s Spirit motivates and activates us to study and know God’s will.
As we learn about the faithfulness of God though His provisions and His love we grow in our faith and there will be evidence of more spiritual fruits in our lives.

God´s GloryWhat is God’s Will for Me?

Often we ask “How can I know God’s will for me?” You may not know His specific will in all circumstances but you can be ready to surrender to His will, whatever it is, because He promises “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go.” (Psalm 32:8). The ongoing daily submission and surrender to His will through dying to self is the way we grow spiritually and abide in His presence. Who could ask for anything more?

“The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust.” Psalm 18:2

Questions

Is there a cup you have asked God to remove? Can you share a time you submitted in faith and the outcome? Take a moment to encourage someone. Answer in the comments or on your blog and link back.

Those who encourage others will themselves be encouraged. Proverbs 11:25

Robin

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One comment

  1. Just a few comments before I share. You had wanted to ask me questions, but never got back to me..

    Yeshua in the Garden of Gethsemane is confronted by a group of Temple Priests wanting to take him captive. Peter jumps up and cuts off the ear of one of the Temple Priests. – WHY did Yeshua heal him? We might thing, if this Temple Priest is injured, they’d have a better chance to get away.. but – Yeshua healed him.. WHY? Because a mutilated man can no longer serve as a Temple Priest, and Yeshua wanted the earthly Priesthood to continue – he wanted that man to be able to return to his work in the Temple, offering sacrifices.
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    “Often we ask “How can I know God’s will for me?”” The Old Testament is made up of two basic parts – (well three, but sit with me a minute) – The Torah and The Haftarah – We sometimes call the Torah – the Pentetuch or the Septuiguint – the rest of the Old Testament is called the Haftarah – it’s made up of the Histories, the Psalms and The Prophets.

    The Torah is God’s will for us. The Haftarah is showing us what happens when God’s people do – or don’t – live according to His will. The book of Judges is a book which cycles over and over the people living His will, then falling away, then being disciplined for it, then Repenting, then being Restored.. and then falling away again.

    When we say we want to know God’s Will for our lives, we need to go look and find out what Righteous living looks like. It’s in the Torah – from the point where Moses has lead the people to Mt. Sinai.. and on through to the end of Deuteronomy.

    But what of the New Testament? The New Testament is almost ALL – commentary on how to live out the Torah. It’s evidence that Yeshua IS the Messiah – in how HE exemplifies the Torah in his very being, and then commentaries on how we as His People are to live it out.
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    And now.. for my sharing in living out God’s word in obedience and faith.. and the blessing there of.

    I choose to birth unassisted. I choose to be like the women of old, who had no one to assist them. Though I choose this, I still have the benefit of today’s medical knowledge. I have had extremely high blood pressure in my last two births, and that, even on modern medicine. Modern Medicine was not able to overcome my hypertension. In my daughter’s birth, I went ahead and birthed unassisted knowing full well I could be in serious danger. I trusted that He was giving me peace about it all, He would take care of me. In my last son’s birth, I could not find a Medical Dr to help me with my hypertension, and ended up being coerced into a medicalized birth. The birth was fine, but my mind was not.. and they still could not help my Hypertension.

    So here I am pregnant again. Actually, I’ve been pregnant 6 times in the last 14 months – those 5 other pregnancies resulted in babies who didn’t make it past 7-8 weeks. The last one, in September… nearly made me not trust God with my fertility anymore, I was going to quit having babies. But instead, I read a book about healing, and decided to trust God and PRAY FOR HEALING!! I prayed and prayed and prayed.. Then I got pregnant again, but I had been inspired to make some changes. God has provided everything we need for good health and healing right here on this earth. I have kept my blood pressure within normal ranges now for the last 19 weeks – all with vitamins and minerals and a few minor herbs. God HAS PROVIDED MY HEALING.

    Now to back track a touch, after my daughter was born, my BP skyrocketed to 234/142. God gave me a dream that was an unmistakable warning. I did end up going to hospital 14 days after my daughter was born, to get medicine to bring my BP down. That dream was a direct communication from God to me.. for I was not praying for help at the time. After my last son was born in hospital.. the next day my BP was 217/103 – again medicine was given to me to bring it down.. medicine they couldn’t give me while I was pregnant.

    Now I don’t need medicine. My body is working properly because I’m feeding it what it needs to be working as He designed it. He has Healed Me!

    Sorry so long..
    Sombra

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