“Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.”
The moment that Jesus had come to earth for was approaching. His spirit was willing to endure the horrific scourging and crucifixion that was about to take place. He knew that He was the only One Who could pay the debt for the sins of the world. His spirit was willing, but His flesh was weak. He was God in the flesh, which meant He dealt with pain and exhaustion just like we do. The strength of His flesh was tiring, it wanted to give up and give in. Instead, Jesus Christ exchanged His will for the will of His Father. The exchange of His will for the Father’s led to our salvation. Where would we be today if He had given in to His flesh’s desire to quit?
When we exchange our will for His, we receive strength.
“And he was withdrawn from them about a stone's cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.”
When we exchange our will for His, we can reach souls for Him.
“Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake.”
We may not understand why things are happening the way they are because His thoughts are not our thoughts.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
We can trust Him today enough to exchange our will for His.
Jeremiah 29-30 | Philippians 4 | Psalm 90
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