Memorize: And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt: Matthew 26:39;
Devotional Reading: Matthew 26: 20-39
After the fall of man, the whole human race lived under the judgement of God, the only way that man could be redeemed and reconciled back to God was through an atonement, which requires the shedding of blood of one without sin. Christ offered to die for our sins. Though none of us can fully comprehend either the physical or spiritual suffering that Jesus was about to endure, he was prepared to obey his farther not partially, but absolutely by yielding to His will.
In John 18:11; Peter tried to rescue Jesus by pulling a sword on the temple guards. But Jesus stopped Peter, and asked him, “Shall I not drink the cup which My Father has given Me?” Imagine if Jesus had encouraged Peter, or if Jesus had changed his mind and disobeyed.
Many people today, after knowing and understanding the instruction of God for them, turn a different direction and change their mind like Jonah, thereby bringing destruction and avoidable problems to others, and themselves.
Despite the torture and shame that awaited Him and the intense physical, spiritual and emotional agony he was to go through, Jesus voluntarily accepted to obey His farther and abide by His will. The consequence of disobedience and rejecting the will of God would have meant destruction and eternal damnation for the world. Our hope of salvation would have been lost. We would have remained in our sins.
The story of king Saul’s rejection as the 1st king in Israel was one of the most pathetic stories in the bible, God rejected king Saul due to partial obedience. Samuel pleaded intensely with God to forgive him, but it was too late, God would not change His mind.
Are you struggling to obey what God has instructed you to do? Or are obeying partially? Some people look at their physical or financial circumstances, some look at their academic or intellectual position, some look at distance, the environment or language barriers, others may not be able to just comprehend how it would happen if they obey, so they begin to think about it and process the instruction of God with their own limited minds and ability; whatever category you may fall into, what God expects of us is to pray for grace and strength to obey totally. This was what Jesus prayed for in Matthew 26:39.
Absolute obedience is what is required of you to experience absolute breakthrough. Jesus was invited to a marriage in Cana of Galilee; the mother of Jesus was also there. When they had finished the wine, the servants went to the mother of Jesus, she told the servants, whatsoever he saith unto you, do it. When they obeyed, they experienced a miracle, Jesus turned water into wine, and the wine was the best! It was also the first miracle that Jesus performed during his ministry here on earth.
Are you struggling to obey God’s instructions? Do you, like Moses, think you can’t do it? Decide today and obey, like those servants, whatsoever He saith unto you, “Do It” you too will record a miracle in your life, family, business or ministry in the name of Jesus.
Prayer point: Father, help me obey you absolutely in the name of Jesus.
Key Dose: Absolute Obedience unto God will produce an unimaginable miracle.
Pastor James Ademuyiwa
Senior Pastor (IHPCT)