“Now my soul is deeply troubled. Should I pray, ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But this is the very reason I came! Father, bring glory to your name. Then a voice spoke from heaven, saying, “I have already brought glory to my name, and I will do so again.” When the crowd heard the voice, some thought it was thunder, while others declared an angel had spoken to him.” John 12:27-29
Are we willing to sacrifice for Kingdom work, pass up feel-good opportunities to serve God’s people, and suffer for righteousness sake? For some, the answer would be a quick “Yes!”, or a hesitant “NO!”. Either stance requires much consideration. For the person that accepts their lot, praying “thy will be done” must prepare themselves to journey with the Lord. The “thy will be done” believer has child-like faith, open ears, and a willingness to submit to God’s will and ways. When we pray “thy will be done”, we must accept the fact that God’s will may be on the other side of the spectrum in comparison to our dreams, aspirations, and desires for ourselves. In John 12 we learn of several key truths from Jesus. Although, Jesus is God in flesh, foreknowing what he was sent to the earth to accomplish, His soul was “deeply troubled.” This comforts me when I am in a tough place and I am sure that it is God’s will that I remain there for an appointed time; however, my spirit may be somewhat downcast due to the circumstance. Please notice, Jesus did not stay troubled, He accepted His assignment because He knew it would bring God glory. What are we willing to do to give God glory? Can we forget about the pain associated with our assignment and focus on its completion? What if we do not know what our assignments are? We pray for revelation. As we seek the Lord for direction for everything, we can also ask for clarity regarding our assignments in the Kingdom. Please do not expect your assignment to be glamorous. Despite what the media would project, true discipleship, leadership, and kingdom building are hard work in the name Jesus. Stop for a minute and consider Jesus’ assignment. It was not glamorous at all; riddled with pain, humiliation, accusations, and rejection, but in the end, Jesus’ purpose was fulfilled. Jesus Saves.
The person who does not want God’s will to manifest in their lives may not have aimlessness and failure as their spiritual goals but that is where the road ends. This believer inadvertently is more afraid of the test forgetting about the testimony that will manifest afterward. Granted, it is frightening to consider some of the journey’s God calls us to go on but they all are to mold and shape us for our assignments. For instance, if I was never abused, mistreated, and had never suffered I would not have the testimony that I blog about to release the pain. The blog led me to a ministry, which leads me to other people with similar struggles as I, which all results in souls coming to Jesus. I never considered this but the believer that resists God’s will being done in their lives is also delaying the freedom of the souls that are attached to their assignment. The believer who opts out of God’s will is troubled but it is due to resistance to God’s plan. Being defiant to God’s purposes for our lives will cause us turmoil and fruitlessness, whereas the pain we endure in pursuit of our assignments pales in comparison to the abundance of fruit we yield from our obedience. Will you submit to God’s will to bring Him the glory, with or without accolades, recognition, and promotion? Can you surrender to God’s plan for the sake of His glory even when things get worse? Jesus did, and because of Him, we can too. It is not easy but the benefits are life-changing even into eternity.
But despite all the miraculous signs Jesus had done, most of the people still did not believe in him” John 12:37
In a prior blog Stop Playing Dead, I discussed Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead and the impact of that testimony. John 12:37 is speaking of Lazarus’ resurrection as one of the miracles performed; however, some still did not believe. When God makes promises and it takes longer than expected for them to become evident, doubt slyly walks around the corner and sits on your porch. The difficult part of that situation is that others will coerce us into doubting that God is going to come through. Doubtful minds do not give God the glory. If Jesus would’ve questioned God’s authority and power, He would not have submitted Himself to the cross and we all would be lost. But Jesus’ trust of the Father led all of us out of captivity into freedom. How many people can we bring to Christ with our prayer, “thy will be done”? Can we give God the glory even when it hurts? In the same breath, Jesus acknowledged His disenchantment with his assignment but quickly recalled that the horrible thing that had to take place was the reason He was brought forth. Sometimes we pray for God to remove a hard boss, or to quiet a tough parent, quickly fix finances, heal a broken marriage, restore the sick, transform those in bondage, but we rarely consider that the hardship may be a part of the plan. The debauchery of a failed marriage could prompt a battered woman to start an organization in the name Jesus to heal other women. The sickness that has plagued us for years could be what God uses to show others that He can keep us in the midst of disease. The wishy-washy finances are God’s way of drawing us closer to Him for resources sometimes daily. Similar to receiving manna, Jesus wants us to look for Him every day, so if he must withhold things so that we will seek Him for them, He will. God most assuredly will get the glory.
Please do not allow Satan to trick you into taking credit for God’s miracles, blessings, or fulfilled promises. I keep a journal of what God said He will do- things I’ve seen and heard personally, in the bible, or in worship service. This is a sure-fire way for me to remember Who to thank and praise when the miraculous occurs, and it will happen. After all, every good gift comes from God (James 1:17). Regardless of how deserving you consider yourself to be, it is a blessing to receive from God. Even to suffer for righteousness sake it is a blessing. May God be glorified as we triumph in Him in every area of our lives winning souls for His kingdom in the name Jesus, Amen.
“But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.”” 1 Peter 3:14
In healing or sickness give God the glory
In lack or plenty, boldly tell your story
Humble yourself and drink from the cup
Suffering ain’t easy, just look up
See the Father, with arms open, wide
Ready to bless you, so come inside
Your witness is effective, surely it’s true
Many are blessed because of what you went through
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