Matthew 26:36-42

"Every Believer must choose whether he will live by the principle of obedience or follow his preferences. When a person commits to doing the Lord's will, then every situation and decision is sifted through the standard of "God said it, so I'm going to do it and that's the end of it."

He or she may complain, weep or try to argue. But in the end, the individual will be obedient, no matter what.

The Lord certainly understands our need to question, cry out and petition Him for the strength to do what He commands. Hebrews 4:15 tell us that we have a high priest who can symphathize with us. Jesus wasn't excited or happy about the cross. He grieved over the coming seperation from His Father. Nevertheless, He was comm to following God's will. No one took Christ's life from Him; He laid it down (John 10:18).

Our lives are about fulfilling the heavenly Father's purpose. Many people miss out on its goodness because they choose to follow personal perferences instead, believing their own choicest are better. Obedience is sometimes hard, but the struggle and sacrifice are worth it. The Lord's ways and principles lead believers to joy and peace.

Dr. Charles Stanley
In Touch Ministries

This Month's Scripture

Romans 12:1-3 (NKJV)

1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.

2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will og God.

For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.

For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function,

5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.