Friday, March 17, 2017

Free Kindle Ebook Chapter The Struggle Is Real But So Is Your God


(Matthew 26:30-46)

THE STRUGGLE WAS REAL FOR JESUS. Tears streamed down as Jesus prayed to His Father in heaven, “If it be your will, let this cup of suffering be removed. Yet not my will but thine be done.”

Prayers and tears go hand in hand when you’re in a struggle. Your struggles may not compare to Jesus’. He was brutally beaten and crucified. But your struggle is real. You feel beaten by life. You feel scorned and persecuted. You feel like people around misunderstand you and are ready to hang you on a cross.

You may not even be struggling over your own problem; it may be the struggle of a child, grandchild, friend, or spouse that has you in tears.

Crying is a natural emotional response to pain. It’s that time when you can’t contain yourself and the inner emotions spills over. We sometimes cry when we’re happy too, but in the case of struggles, crying can represent a release or surrender.

Jesus, in the garden, released tears of fear and anguish. He was so filled with agony at the thought of the torture He was about to endure. It was overwhelming to him. He was God in a physical body and that physical body was struggling.

Life struggles can weigh us down to the point of absolute fear and anguish, but Jesus, in His moment of human weakness, gave us a model. 

As the Son of God, He knew full well, the joy that was set before him. He knew that He would destroy death and conquer Hell. He knew that His struggle would transform into success. That He would destroy death and conquer Hell for all eternity. He knew that His struggle would bring salvation, healing, and transformation.

In scripture, Jesus prayed three times, “Father If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away.”

In the end, though, He said, “Not my will, but thine be done.” He surrendered the struggled to God.

Know this, your struggle is producing faith, patience, and perseverance.  Though you are crying tears of fear and anxiety now, keep your eyes on Jesus. He is the author and finisher of your faith.

Sometimes we think we know the right path and we latch onto it with all we’ve got. We think, this is how it’s going to work out, or this would be the best outcome. Even though we’re struggling with to make things work out the way we want them too, we still persist.

Jesus released the struggle. He surrendered to God, not my will, but thine. Have you surrendered the struggle? Or are you holding on to it for dear life, because you believe you know what’s best?

In the midnight hours, when you are awake crying, God hears you. You’re not in the garden of struggle alone. The father is with you. Regardless of how many friends have fallen asleep, God is awake 24/7 and hears your cries for help and he has already commanded victory from your struggle.

The struggle is real, but it cannot destroy you. No struggle can keep you bound, because Jesus has set you free. Surrender the struggle to God. Jesus endured it so that you don’t have to remain in it. Pray like

Jesus prayed. Know that the same Father Jesus prayed to is available and listening for your cries today. Pray, not my will in this struggle, Lord, but yours be done.

The LORD hears those who cry out, and he delivers them from all their distress. (Psalm 34:17)

Jesus, our model, released the struggle. He took his eyes off the struggle and set His heart on the joy that was waiting for Him after it was all over. Cry your tears, but not without hope. Take your eyes off of the struggle and set your heart on the joy that is waiting for you when it is all over.

Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God's throne. –Hebrews 12:2

He’d taken along Peter, James and John with him to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray, but they’d fallen asleep. “Couldn’t you watch with me even one hour?”

“Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!”

Chapter From, "The Struggle Is Real But So Is Your God" Releasing March 2017

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