No longer my will
Text: Matthew 26:39, “He went on a little farther and fell face down on the ground, praying, ‘My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will, not mine’” (NLT)
I want to thank God for bringing us to the conclusion of Spoken-Word International Conference (SWIC) 2021. I also want to thank you for being a part of this year’s programme, themed, “I Surrender.” As you leave here today, it is imperative to note that God is raising a spiritual army among His sons, who will withstand the onslaught of the enemy, the devil in this decade, as the church awaits her rapture.
Children of God, we don’t have time to joke, play in church or to be on the defence anymore. The church is going to encounter more than ever before a severe brutality from the camp of the enemy, both to demobilise and to demoralise the saints of God from coming to their full sonship position.
But hear this today: the all-knowing God is calling us to the place of Accountability, Responsibility and Discipline. Mark these three words: Accountability, Responsibility and Discipline.
This truth must sink deep into our minds and for us to defeat our common enemy, the devil in this fierce but subtle battle, God is calling us to SURRENDER absolutely to Him as the Commander of the Host.
Why? Because the challenges ahead of us are greater than our strength. Child of God, what is facing you is bigger, stronger and more powerful than you. This is the reason you have to submit.
We are living at that time when all you are, all you know and all you have can no longer take you too far. They will surely fail you!
From our text in Matthew 26:39, Jesus, the Son of God came to a point in His life, when He saw the weight of suffering ahead of Him. It was so intense that if care was not taken, He might throw in the towel. And what was the secret of Jesus’ victory over the devil?
He surrendered His will. Yes! His will FIRST before His Body and His Soul.
He said, “Father I want Your Will to be done and no longer mine”.
Why did He surrender His will first? The will is the faculty of the mind, where decisions take place. It is where we choose what to do or not; hence God gave man a free will. Therefore, when your will is surrendered, your body and your soul will follow simultaneously.
There is a clarion call by the Spirit of God for us to surrender to God. It is not just to surrender, but to also surrender all. A full surrender!
Moses came to a point in his lifetime that he had to surrender his will to God. He never knew the rod he had held for so long was a snake. (Exodus 4:1-4). What are you holding so dearly in your hand today? Surrender it to God.
Mary, in Luke 1:34, could not imagine how she could get pregnant without sleeping with a man. But when she surrendered her will, the impossible became possible. What are the seemingly impossible situations in your life today? Surrender your doubt to God.
Peter was a notorious fisherman, but a day came that his skill and proficiency failed him. The Bible says in Luke 5:5 that Simon toiled all night and caught nothing. In his disappointment, he surrendered his life to Jesus. In what area is life unfair to you? You can surrender to God today.
Saul of Tarsus was an eloquent Hebrew, who was zealous in religion. He knew all the creeds and clichés. But on his way to Damascus in Acts 9:3, the great Light appeared to him and he surrendered his will to serve the True and Living God. Are you still consumed with religion? God is calling you today.
A surrendered life simply means:
• Recognising and embracing God’s sovereignty: It is a life marked by the ability to set your life apart for God and for His purpose. It examines your self-centredness and sets apart the need for approval. “I myself no longer live, but Christ lives in me. So, I live my life in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Galatians 2:20)
• Thinking of others first: It is a life marked by pivotal places of brokenness. It examines your ability to be selfless and set apart your relationships. “Don’t be selfish; don’t live to make a good impression on others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourself. Don’t think only about your own affairs, but be interested in others, too, and what they are doing” (Philippians 2:3-4).
• Setting apart everything you do and have for God: It examines the ability to be self-surrendered and set apart everything you do and have for Him. “He walked away, about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed, Father, if you are willing, please let this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will, not mine” (Luke 22:41-42)
As we close SWIC 2021 today, remember that what you fail to surrender to God will be a tool in the hands of the enemy to fight against you very soon. Whether it is your life, money, beauty or skill, it is either used for God’s glory or for the devil’s glory.
Are you ready to surrender your rotten life to God? You can invite Jesus Christ into your life today because there is no life outside Christ.
Repeat this prayer: Lord Jesus, come into my life. I accept you today as my Lord and personal Saviour. I surrender all to You. Have mercy on me. Thank You for saving me. Amen.
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