At the end of His physical life, Jesus set an example for us to follow. Scripture says that Jesus struggled with the pain and suffering of the crucifixion that lay ahead so much that His sweat “became like drops of blood.” (Luke 22:44) His disciples fell asleep while He sought strength and support from God the Father. You can tell by His struggle that He really didn’t want to go through with what lay before Him. He pleaded with the Father that if there were any other way to please make it possible. Then, even in His struggle, He submitted in obedience to the Father saying, “Not My will but Yours be done.”
In a very real way, many denominations have faced obedience and faithfulness issues and failed. Some are in the process of choosing between pleasing society, self or God. In essence, they have rejected God’s authority to define marriage, sexuality and the characteristics of spiritual leaders.
The question to you is this: are you willing to do what is culturally or socially unpopular if it supports God’s way of life as outlined in His word, the Bible? Pastor G and I commend those that had the courage and conviction to break away from their denominations because the denomination followed society and culture instead of God. It’s not an easy thing to do by any means, but it shows God how much you value Him and His way of life.
Obedience is a choice. God gives positive and negative choices throughout scripture. Again, your choice and challenge is between God, society and self. Which will you choose?
The great news is that you have help and support available to you just like Jesus did at the moment of His obedience challenge. God the Father, Jesus and God the Holy Spirit are there for to to stengthen and encourage you in your obedience choice and walk. Like with Jesus, enduring the pain and suffering associated with obedience may be excruciating, but the end result for you can be the same kind of victory it was for Jesus.
God wants you to stay focused on Him and His way of life. Pastor G and I pray that you will be one of those that Jesus joyfully embraces and says, “Well done, My good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of the Lord.” That’s today’s encouraging word.
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