Understand that sometimes our greatest battle becomes our greatest victory.
“My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death” (Mt 26:38).
Often the place of our greatest pain becomes the place of our greatest triumph. Gethsemane was the place of Jesus’ greatest trial. Three times He asked the Father to let this trial pass. It was not to be. The Father sent His Son to the cross to pay all the debt owed by humanity of those who believed in Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
Jesus was faced with His own temptation to quit, to not fulfill His destiny, to run from his assignment. It was a personal battle to persevere. Sometimes we face situations that cry out “I quit! I cannot endure anymore!” We want to throw in our towel of what little faith we have left. “Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him” (Lk 22:43).
After Jesus asked the Father if this cup could pass, an angel was sent to Him to comfort Jesus. The Father’s answer to Jesus’ prayer was “No.” But, His compassion to His Son came in the form of an angel. Some temptations seem to be more than we can bare. However, God tells us: “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it” (1 Cor. 10:13).
If we persevere we often realize later the place of our greatest battle becomes the place of our greatest victory. It would be here, on the Mount of Olives, near the Garden Gethsemane where Jesus ascended and would return triumphantly – not as a sorrowful soul – but as our triumphant Savior. The battle He won in Gethesmane would result in the triumphant entry as Lord of the universe.
In your Valley God will use your greatest failure or greatest sorrow to be a powerful force in your life and the lives of others. You will go from strength to strength (Ps 84:6). It is in the dying that the new springs are allowed to come forth and a new strength emerges.
If you find yourself in your Garden of Gethsemane, lay yourself at the feet of the only one who can sustain you. Entrust yourself to your Heavenly Father. Let Him determine your fate. It will ultimately become a place of victory.
What have we learned? We have learned the following:
- Sometimes our greatest battle becomes our greatest victory.
- Often the place of our greatest adversity becomes our greatest triumph.
- Jesus was faced with His own temptation to quit, not to fulfill His destiny but then an angel came and strengthened Him.
- Jesus prayed to the Father and asked for His cup to pass. The Father answered NO! Then sent an angel to comfort Him.
- “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it” (1 Cor. 10:13).
- God will use your greatest failure or greatest sorrow to be a powerful force in your life and the lives of others.
- When you find yourself in a situation you cannot handle, place yourself at Jesus’ feet because He is the only one who can sustain you; entrust yourself to the Heavenly Father and let Him determine your fate; It will ultimately become your place of victory.
Always keep Jesus in your heart and on your mind.
God is testing us every day and has given us the right to make our own choices. Do you know which ones are the right choices in Gods mind?
Fear God, love God, honor God, and trust God with all your heart, mind and soul and you will receive and experience the joy of the promises of God’s blessings in His time.
Prayer: Father in heaven, hallowed is Thy Name. We praise You for Your love, Your graciousness, for taking care of us, for teaching us Your will and for allowing us to become children of Yours. These are blessings that we realize could only come from the living, loving God of heaven and earth. We love You and praise You and we continue in our faith in You and our Lord Jesus until Jesus comes for all Your children. Let us praise the Lord for being our Lord and Savior in all times and for all troubles.
May God, Jesus, The Holy Spirit and Christianity be our guiding lights, our safety nets and our inspiration for loving happiness in all of Your kingdom. Father into your hands I commend my spirit. Not my will, but Yours be done. Please come Lord Jesus.
We pray in Jesus sweet name and to His glory through the power of the Holy Spirit,