Strong Willed: The Garden of Gethsemane

Strong Willed: The Garden of Gethsemane

It’s my fault. When we had children, I prayed for strong wills. My thinking was, once they were properly trained, our kids would not waver in their allegiance to God.

But, oh, the training.

Isaiah 14 hosts the “I will” passage, the one where Satan declares the desires of his heart:

  • “I will ascend to heaven.”
  • “I will raise my throne above the stars of God.”
  • “I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain.”
  • “I will ascend above the tops of the clouds.”
  • “I will make myself like the Most High.”

Not surprising that the first one to sin throws similar bait to Eve, “and you will be like God . . .” (Gen. 3:5 NIV)

Adam and Eve bit, and our wills have circled ourselves ever since.

Until.

Until Jesus came and gave us a better way.

The best way.

His way.

So, let’s train in Gethsemane this week: “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” (Luke 22:42)

If you’re a believer, thank God that Jesus’ will now lives in you. A strong will is not the issue. You have one. His. The battle comes in making flesh submit to it. Because flesh carries a toddler mindset and loves to throw a fit when it doesn’t get its way.

Training Tips

  • Remember who God is.
  • Remember who you are.
  • Choose an area in which you battle.
  • Brace for the tantrum. Let His voice drown it out.
  • Bring the flesh into submission. Allow His will to triumph.

Prepare your heart for Easter. Spend some time in the garden.

Nail your spiritual workouts and change your corner of the gym.

Workout of the Week: Strong Willed: The Garden of Gethsemane

Memory Verse:  “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” Luke 22:42 NIV

Meditation Passage: Isaiah 14:12-14; Genesis 3: 4-5

Just Do It: Jesus’ Prayer “Not my will, but yours.”

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