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Thursday 29 March


“Jesus fully realised all that was going to happen to him, so he stepped forward to... meet them”

John 18:4


Do not wallow in your weakness. Rather be encouraged to find your strength in God.

Read John 18:1-10.


Even in his darkest hour, Jesus did not lose hope in the Father. In John 18, Jesus experiences deep loneliness and betrayal. Even in this, he strengthened himself in the Father. While the disciples slept Jesus sought his Father, asking: “Is there any other way? But if not, your will be done, not mine.”


You see, Jesus knew that even if he went through the darkest suffering, it would not be without a reward. That’s who God is, and Jesus knew Father God would never lead him to something if he didn’t also promise to see him through it. 


What would it look like if we approached our own weakness the way Jesus did? Amidst everything that Jesus endured, he never once wallowed or complained or made excuses. He approached even death with vulnerability and quiet strength. He didn’t try to sugarcoat his deep despair. Scripture says he cried tears of blood as he poured out his heart before the Father that night in the garden Yet, in John 18:4 it reads: “Jesus fully realised all that was going to happen to him, so he stepped forward to meet them [the Roman soldiers].” All for the joy set before him.



Application:


1. Ask God to forgive you for where you have lacked trust, and ask him to help you in your weakness. Like the Centurian whose son was healed by Jesus, pray: “I do believe! Help my unbelief!”


2. Like Jesus did, step forward to meet your weakness today. Do not let the fear of failure keep you from unlocking the keys to your God-given destiny! 


“David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the Lord his God.”

1 Samuel 30:6


Story:

My story is about one of my best friends who got into a lot of trouble following a mental health breakdown. He lost his job and ended up in a mental health facility, separated from his wife and young child, and struggling with severe depression and suicide.


As a family we’ve been praying for a miracle in his case for the last two years, since things came to a head with police involvement and prosecution.


As someone who deals with his sort of work for a living I knew that, based on the evidence in his case, there was little that could be done to avoid conviction for very serious offences and real potential for a prison sentence.


We recently got the news that the Prosecution decided to withdraw the case against him. We know God has worked a miracle in this situation and my friend recognises that all the prayer he’s been receiving has made this possible.

What an awesome God we have!


Anonymous


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