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Jesus: Your Gethsemane (Mark 14:39-42, Part 5)

If you follow Jesus, you will eventually discover yourself at a fork in the road. You will have a choice in front of you. Choose God’s will or your will. There are times where God’s will is easy to do and fun to do. However, there are those key moments in your life where God’s will is difficult, it will hurt, and to do God’s will cost you. At that moment, you may be in your Gethsemane. Continue reading

Jesus: Your Gethsemane (Mark 14:39-42, Part 3)

If you follow Jesus, you will eventually discover yourself at a crossroads. There will be tension and conflict between your will and God’s will. Your will and God’s will may outright oppose each other. God wants you to do this, but you want to do something completely different. On the other hand, you may find that you both have the same mission and goal in mind, but God wants you to go about it one way and you want to accomplish another way.

When your will and God’s will don’t line up, for whatever reason, that is when you find yourself in a Gethsemane moment. Continue reading

Jesus: Your Gethsemane (Mark 14:39-42, Part 1)

Have you ever faced this dilemma? You know what God wants you to do. You know the right thing to do, but it will cost, and it will hurt. By doing this you will probably be misunderstood, rejected, and feel as if those closest to you and even God himself has abandoned you. Have you ever faced something like that? Jesus did in the garden of Gethsemane.

Gethsemane Moment Defined

Today, we are going to take a deep look at what I call your Gethsemane moment. A Gethsemane moment is a time when you are tempted to avoid doing what God wants you to do because you know that doing it will cost you dearly and hurt you deeply. You are not going to want to do it, but you know God wants you to do it. You know it’s the right thing to do, but it will come at great sacrifice on your part. Your Gethsemane involves a battle between your willing spirit to do what is right and your weaknesses to do what is easy. Continue reading

Jesus: The Shepherd (Mark 14:29)

Throughout God’s Word the Lord is described as your Shepherd and you are described as His sheep. Sheep are known to wander off the path and away from the flock. The Shepherd often must protect His sheep from the wolves, traps, thieves, and other dangers. Sheep will often scatter and run away and get lost when there is a storm, and become confused. They become overwhelmed by the circumstances and panic. When the storm is over the Shepherd will go and find the lost sheep and bring Him back.

Something similar is about to happen to the disciples. Something similar happens to you and me as followers of Jesus. As the Lord’s sheep we often fall away and wander off the path God wants us to stay on. We become frightened, confused, or angry at what is happening around us or to us and it causes us to fall away. However, like a good shepherd He restores us, reconciles us, comforts us, strengthens us, and refocuses us. We see all this in Mark 14:27-31. Continue reading

Jesus: Being Abandoned (Mark 14:27)

As a follower of Jesus, there are times where you are stronger than you think you are and there are times when you are weaker than you think you are. Learning to follow Jesus includes learning what your limitations are and learning from your failures.

Today, we are going to begin looking at Jesus telling His disciples they are about to lose their faith in Him, desert Him, and falter in their faithfulness. From this we are going to see some important lessons about ourselves when we begin to feel the world is falling apart around us and we blame God for it. At those times, if you begin to struggle trusting God, talking to God or defending God then you are not alone. Continue reading

Jesus: Be on Guard! (Mark 13:14, Part 3)

Without a doubt, the return of Jesus is one of the Bible’s most intriguing and provocative subjects. For the believer, it’s something to get excited about and look forward to (Titus 2:13; 1 Peter 5:4; 1 Thessalonians 4:17). For the nonbeliever, it’s something that you hope is not true and can be terrifying (2 Thess. 1:9-10; Matt. 25:31-46; 1 John 2:17).

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