I’m thinking about when Jesus called His disciples. And what He was calling them to. To follow Him. To become like Him. Which is the same call He gives to you and me. Not a formula — although, at times, I think that would be nice — but only leads to legalism. He calls us to abide (relationship). To follow in His ways. To humbly surrender and worship. As we do, it’s the Holy Spirit’s job to convict of sin and lead us towards Christlikeness.

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How To Abide With Jesus

I grew up going to church, so I’ve heard the word abide many times in sermons or just church conversations. But honestly, I don’t ever remember listening to a sermon on what it means to abide. So when you grow up hearing a word, but it’s never really explained or defined, it becomes one of those church words. You’ve heard them before. Everyone talks about it. But no one is really doing it. Or maybe they just don’t know how. Well, at least that’s my experience. Perhaps it’s yours too.

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The Secret To Jesus’ Prayer

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Not My Will

In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus was in anguish as He asks the father if there was another way, besides the cross, for the redemption of humanity; then He prays, “Not my will but yours be done.”

I was thinking about the phrase “not my will, but yours be done.” That feels very difficult to pray with any sincerity. Jesus was facing death and separation from God’s presence and was able to find the strength for this prayer. What can bring someone to the place of being able to say, “not my will, but yours be done?” To give up control. What can make a person in the face of
job loss
financial loss
or death of a family member (especially prematurely) say not my will, but yours be done.

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