The Strength to Go On (Apr 25)

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From Open Up Your Heart by Jeff Syverson

April 25
The Strength to Go On

Today’s Scripture Readings: Psalm 59:14-17| Judges 4:1-5:31| Luke 22:35-53| Proverbs 14:3-4

Today’s Scripture Focus: Luke 22:35-53

When he rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, he found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow. [46] “Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.” (Luke 22:45-46 NIV)

Facing denial, betrayal, mocking, scourging and a cruel painful death on a cross, Jesus went to his usual place to pray: The Mount of Olives. This solitary place was a regular place of refuge for Jesus where he would pour out his heart to the Father.

He was tempted, as we all are, to take the easy way out. But he didn’t give in to the temptation. Strengthened by an angel, he resisted and persevered in prayer.

He, like his disciples, was undoubtedly exhausted by sorrow from the difficulties of the past week, and the prospect of the future. But unlike the disciples who fell asleep, he pressed in to the heart of the father and found the strength that he needed to resist temptation and take the needed steps of obedience under the Father’s direction.

We all have times where we face temptation. We all have times where the circumstances we face seem overwhelming. There are times when what God calls us to do seems more than we are able to handle. In those times, Jesus example reminds us that the best thing we can do is go to our solitary place where we pour out our heart to the Father and look for his strength.

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About pastorjeffsneighborhood

Born and raised in Minnesota, I have served in churches in Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon and California. I am a graduate of Crown College (MN) and George Fox Evangelical Seminary (OR). I have also done additional graduate studies in New Testament Studies at the Center for Advanced Theological Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary (CA). I am also a graduate of the College of Prayer. Having served as the Academic Dean and Program Director at Horizon Institute of Los Angeles for several years, I have returned to the pastorate and serve as Pastor of Big Trees Community Bible Church in Arnold, CA.
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