Not My Will But Yours
Happy Sunday Everyone! I hope your weekend has been good, relaxing, and most of all that at some point this weekend you were able to encounter Jesus. After all, if we’re not encountering Jesus at church then we’re just going to hear a few songs, hear a good speech, shake a few hands, and then go about our regular lives. I don’t know about you, but by the time we’re finished with the Christlike Ministries NWA Devotional for Sunday April 19, 2015 I believe that most of us (myself included) will be less interested in the “ho-hum” Christianity that the rest of the Body of Christ has seemed to embrace. So, let’s see what God is about to speak to us, and what He’s going to talk to us about today comes from this verse right here…
“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 (KJV)
We could probably spend a great deal of time talking about this couldn’t we? There’s a lot to say about “Not as I will, but as You will.”, isn’t there? Maybe I’ll go the personal route with this message today because there was a time that I was in a similar place, and I was in that place as I was in the beginning stages of this ministry. I’ve spoken often of the fact that I tried to give God every excuse I could as to why He was making a mistake choosing me, but He wouldn’t hear any of them. Among all the things God spoke to me during that time the one thing that kept coming was that I needed to learn to obey Him and trust Him with the results. As you can see, the results are still coming in, but I can also assure you that I wouldn’t see these results had I not said basically the same thing Jesus said in the Garden of Gethsemane on the eve of His crucifixion.
No, going into ministry isn’t the same as being crucified, but in a matter of speaking it is. Ministry requires a crucifying of self that is only capable of being done by the grace and mercy of God. I have had to learn to sacrifice and crucify a lot more than just my flesh. I can be honest enough to admit there are times I wanted to give up due to a lack of interest or the classic reason…a lack of finances, but at every turn I find myself saying “Not my will, but Yours”. I find myself knowing that God is going to provide, God is going to promote, and that old line that God didn’t bring me to it without planning to see me through it.
I guess that’s why I wrote a series that has been read in nearly 200 nations, 20,000 views, and a following that is nearing 2,000. Christlike Ministries NWA is on Facebook, WordPress, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Tumblr, and I’m also creating a secondary blog through a site called GodInterest.org which is titled “Mirror of the Word”. I’m still praying and seeking God about how I’m going to proceed with it…but I’ve learned that if He draws me to do anything there’s an anointing behind it. I have learned to answer everything God wants me to do “not my will, but Yours”.
There are more things that God wants me to do. Lately He’s been dealing with me to get more involved with my community. There are things God wants me to do within my community that require not only crucifying my flesh, but trusting Him completely for the provisions to be able to do them. I’ve learned that whatever He’s brought to me that He wants me to do He will make a way…especially when there seems there is no way.
Let this encourage you today. I know there are people reading this right now that God has been dealing with about doing things for Him, and like me maybe you’ve given Him every reason why He’s got the wrong person. However, the one thing I’ve learned is that God doesn’t call the qualified He qualifies the called…and what ever it is He’s wanting you to do He has already qualified you and given you the anointing, provisions, and ability to do. It’s up to us to get out of His way, trust and obey Him, and just like Jesus said that night in the Garden…we have to crucify our flesh and say “Not My Will But Yours”.
Heavenly Father, we thank You so much for Your Word today. Lord God, we often find ourselves praying in the garden of our lives to take the cup from us leaving out the part about wanting Your Will for our lives, and not our own. Help us, Father to learn that it’s okay to lay down our lives and will for Yours…and remind us that You promised to be with us always…even till the end of the age. In Jesus name. Amen.
How many of you know that God’s will is always best for our lives? That doesn’t mean that it’s easy to lay down our lives and will for His. Listen, we all know that Jesus wasn’t just crucified on the Cross, but there in the garden when He laid down His Will and His life for the purpose God had set before Him. I’m pretty sure God isn’t going to ask us to do anything close to what His will for Jesus was, but what ever He does ask of us we need to trust and obey Him enough to respond the same way Jesus did.
Not My Will, Lord, but Yours.
Have a blessed day in the Lord!
Blessings & Grace;