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Holy Week, 2015

Hello friends! This is a most special time of the year, for us as believers, as we remember and reflect upon Jesus and His sacrifice. This week, I will be reading portions of Scripture leading up to the death and resurrection of Christ and I invite you to join me. See the reading plan below:

Mon 3/30: Luke 22:39-62

Tues 3/31: Luke 22:63-71

Wed 4/1: Luke 23:11-25

Thur 4/2: Mark 15:1-14

Fri 4/3: John 19:1-37

Sat 4/4: John 19:38-42

Sun 4/5: John 20, Acts 1:9

I will also be blogging some of my thoughts about the verses throughout the week as well.

Let’s start with today’s reading: Luke 22:39-62 . . .

Jesus was equally both God and man. In this portion of Scripture, we get a glimpse of His omniscience as He knows what is about to take place in His life, yet, we also see His human frailty as He sweats drops of blood and begs His Father to “remove this cup from me.” (vs. 42)

Of course we know that, because of His great love for you and me, God was not going to let Jesus get out of the brutal death and excruciating pain of having God the Father turn away from Him as He took upon the sin of every human being both past, present and yet unborn. That’s a lot of sin. Our only response can be, “Thank You, God, for loving us so much that You subjected Your Only Son to such torture”.

I believe that Jesus’ prayer in verse 42, sets a precedence for open and honest communication with God. Jesus shows us that it’s acceptable to ask God to remove something difficult from your life as long as you are surrendered to His ultimate will and purpose for your life. We all face things in life we wish would just go away: heartache, illness, broken relationships, financial struggles, etc . . . Just like Jesus, we can ask God to “remove this cup from me”, as long as we follow that request with, “yet not my will, but Yours be done”.

Since it was not God’s will to “remove this cup”, let’s not miss the significance of the very next verse, “And there appeared to Him an angel from heaven, strengthening Him in spirit.” (vs. 43) If God doesn’t remove the difficulty in your life, you better believe He will send you all the help and strength you need to do what He’s called you to do, just like He did for Jesus.

Therefore, our response can be just like Jesus’ in verse 44, “He prayed all the more earnestly and intently”. If you find yourself in agony over current life circumstances, press into the Lord like never before. He has all you need to get you through! Just like He did with Jesus, He is doing something amazing in your life and it will turn out for your eventual good and His eternal glory!

Your Friend in Ministry,

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The Power of Surrender

Soul care is a non-negotiable for those in ministry.  Since a big part of ministry is caring for others, sometimes it is easy to neglect caring for yourself – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.  Soul care is intentionality in caring for your own soul.  Your soul is the deepest part of you that no one, but God, can fully see; it’s also the part of you that needs to be healthy in order to be effective in the ministry God has called you to.

Soul care practices include scripture, spiritual friendship, solitude/silence, journaling, prayer, simplicity, surrender.

Surrender.  What comes to your mind when you think of that word?  Chances are your mind goes to something negative, such as being held by gun-point, or something similar.  Some days, it may seem like we are being held at gun-point to serve in ways we don’t want to (-smile-).  Yet, that is not God’s heart or His goal.  He is not forcing you to serve Him or others, He is asking you to do it of your own volition; your own choice; your own desire.

One definition of surrender is – “to give the control or use of (something) to someone else”.  Practically speaking, surrender is a life given to serve Christ.  You are giving the control and use of yourself to God and you do it of your own free will.  You agree to stop fighting His call on your life.  You realize that resistance is futile; you will not succeed in anything but giving complete control of your life to Christ.  But, trust me when I say, you don’t want it any other way.  I know . . . I’ve tried.

The reason surrender is the way to go is because of the “great exchange” that takes place.

  • Your weakness for His strength
  • Your inability for His ability
  • Your foolishness for His wisdom
  • Your chaos for His peace
  • Your inadequacy for His perfection
  • Your flesh for His Spirit

When you think of surrender in this way, you are quick to give God control.  Yet, no matter how “surrendered” you think you are, your human nature fights your spirit to regain control.  The most helpful way I have found to surrender on a daily basis is found in this simple prayer, “I can’t.  You can, so I will let You.”  In fact, I have put those words on my ceiling over my bed so that it is the first thing I see when I open my eyes each morning.

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As I pray this quick and simple prayer, the “great exchange” takes place.  I am strengthened with His ability, wisdom and peace through the power of His perfect Holy Spirit.  In surrender we find all that we need to please God and live a life of service to Him.

Your Friend in Ministry,

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