Thanks to Jesse Weeks for this good word from The Word today!
Jesus Agonizes in the Garden as described in Mark 14:32-42.
What a great message of His suffering while praying in the Garden of Gethsemane. What a sad story of His disappointment with the disciples that could not stay awake as they were asked. Let’s focus our attention for a moment on verse 38, when he tells the disciples “Watch and pray that you might not enter into temptation. The spirit is indeed willing, but the flesh is weak.”
We may not face execution for our faith, but we will face many problems that wear us down. We deal with irritating people whom we must love and serve, we face the burden of unfinished tasks or lack of obvious results; we cope with helpers who let us down. Remember that in times of great stress, we are vulnerable to temptation, even if we have a willing spirit. Jesus explains how to resist: Keep watch, stay awake and be morally vigilant; Pray to God in order to maintain your vigilance; Seek support of friends and loved ones to help build up our resistance, when one is weak, others are strong; Focus on the purpose that God has given you, this is how you do God’s will and not your own.
When temptations come, let me suggest that you ask God for strength, and also to show you the way He has prepared for your escape. One other word of counsel; be very sure that you do not deliberately place yourself in a position to be tempted. All of us are not subjected to the same weaknesses and temptations. To one, alcohol or drugs may be the temptation; to another, it may be impure thoughts and acts; to another, greed and covetousness; to another, criticism and an unloving attitude. Regardless of what it may be, be sure that Satan will tempt you at your weak point, not the strong. Our Lord has given us an example of how to overcome the devil’s temptations. When He was tempted in the wilderness, He defeated Satan every time by the use of the Bible. What an awesome example!
“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” Psalm 119:11. With the shield of your Word, I will face temptation, Almighty God!