Surrendering Your Will To God’s Will, Pastor Boaz Olang

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Mark 14:36, “Abba! Father! All things are possible for Thee; remove this cup from me; yet not what I will, but what thou wilt.”

Shortly before Jesus was betrayed and arrested, He was very distressed and troubled to the point of death. He took His three disciples and led them to a lonely place where He could reveal to them the sad condition of His heart and also pray. He said to them: “My soul is deeply grieved to the point of death; remain here and keep watch” And went a little further to pray and He prayed the prayer quoted above. The Bible says that He prayed the same prayer twice. He had expected His disciples too to pray and watch with Him, but they didn’t. They were overcome with sleep. But He prayed and His expressed His desire, which was “to let this cup (the suffering and the crucifixion he faced) pass away”. In his human nature, He felt the pain like we do. He experienced conflict of choice like we often do. He naturally feared like you and I sometimes do. The enemy was heavily present to persuade all His senses to reject the suffering and evade the cross, which would have been a good thing for Him, but would have been disobedience to God, His Heavenly Father. Jesus was at cross roads. Faced with the challenge and difficulty of choosing between what pleased Him and what pleased His Heavenly Father, He chose to surrender His will to God’s will. Now that was not easy, but it was necessary and was the right thing to do. He simply obeyed his Father’s wish to die for the world’s salvation. He remembered that “Obedience is better than sacrifice” according to 1Samuel 15:22. And, in that moment, He gave up His will. Nothing mattered to Him anymore than what mattered to His Father. He trusted in His wisdom, guidance and power to do anything He willed. And God willed that He dies. And He did! A loss for Christ? No! That surrender brought such great joy to the Father and unprecedented recovery of all Jesus had lost when He came down to die for sinful mankind. The surrendering of His will to the Father’s and His humility and costly obedience, earned Him a Name above all names and elevated Him to position of honor in heaven and on earth. His reward:

“Therefore also God has highly exalted Him, and has bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of JESUS, every knee shall bow, of those who are in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth, and that every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the Glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2: 9-11

Today, you might be at cross roads like Jesus. Your will to do your thing or escape pain may be stronger than you are willing to surrender or let go. Your thoughts, ways, plans, purposes, dreams and intentions may appear right, righteous and acceptable in your sight and in the sight of many, but the end thereof may be death and loss of opportunity of doing God’s will for God’s rewards. God’s will is God’s wish for your life. If you want to see God at work in your life, join Jesus in praying “Thy will be done“. That total surrender to God’s Will is what moves God. It is what secures your future and mine. It is the guaranteed insurance and assurance that you are covered against any losses or future eventuality or disappointments. It is what will earn you peace and prosperity. Surrender your will today; let go and let God! God bless you, In His service, Br. Boaz Olang

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