#163 Laying Down Our Sword John 18.11

Jun 11th, 2012 | By | Category: The Basics (click on Article name)

Good morning!

There are some circumstances that I do not gracefully accept. I get focused on the obstacle and sometimes wish I didn’t have to deal with it.

The price of resistance is stress.  The outcome of acceptance by faith is peace!

Much love in Christ,

 

Joy

 

#163  Laying Down Our Sword  John 18.11

 

“Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear.  (The servant’s name was Malchus.)  Jesus commanded Peter, “Put your sword away!   Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?”  John 18:10-11

A lesson for us

Put your sword away!  Put away your resistance.  This applies to our desire to manipulate outcomes for others or for ourselves.

The cup is not just any cup of experience.  It is “the cup which the Father has given me.”  The experience has gone through the loving and wise permission and overruling of our Heavenly Father.  A cup has been given to each of us.  These experiences are specially overruled so that the will of God can be fulfilled in our life to His glory.

Shall I not drink of it

There are different ways we can resist our God-given experiences.  We can refuse to drink of them.  We can try to find a way to avoid the experience.  We can barely absorb the gift in the experience by focusing on how much we don’t like it, why we don’t agree with it, how things should be different, and get stuck in how we or others have failed.  Or we can fully surrender, fully accept and fully absorb our divinely appointed experiences, knowing He knows the best way to bring us to victory in Christ.

Now—at this moment—is my soul troubled and what shall I say?  Shall I say “Father, save me from this hour?”  No!  It is for this cause I am come to this hour.  I will say “Father, glorify Thy name.”  John 12:27-28  Boulanger

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