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Time Of Christ::The Father's Plan
2/18/2017

Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris

John 18:3-12 KJV
(3) Judas then, having received a band of men and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, cometh thither with lanterns and torches and weapons.
(4) Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth, and said unto them, Whom seek ye?
(5) They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto them, I am he. And Judas also, which betrayed him, stood with them.
(6) As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground.
(7) Then asked he them again, Whom seek ye? And they said, Jesus of Nazareth.
(8) Jesus answered, I have told you that I am he: if therefore ye seek me, let these go their way:
(9) That the saying might be fulfilled, which he spake, Of them which thou gavest me have I lost none.
(10) Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest's servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant's name was Malchus.
(11) Then said Jesus unto Peter, Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?
(12) Then the band and the captain and officers of the Jews took Jesus, and bound him,

Obeying God can be the hardest thing one does in difficult times. Jesus was an oppressor defined as a ruler, a king, a tax collector and, press, to drive/putting pressure on someone. In the continual scripture passage below Jesus was lead as a sheep to the slaughter, yet He was oppressor. Jesus convicted the heart of man, He was declare king among the people and yet the following week he would be crucified. He collected taxes, He paid the price for our sins and collect our sin to be buried with his death. Yet his call was to obey and to follow Him to the cross if need be for the Gospel sake. Jesus would be lead way like a sheep, and yet he was the oppressor. He went willing because of His Fatherís will for his life. He went obediently to the cross.

Our own fatherís will maybe different then God almighty/Heavenly Father. Often times the struggle between parents and children is the different ideas that they each have. Jesus was submissive to his Heavenly Fatherís will, to die for all mankind sin. To pay the price for our sins, so we did not have too die for our own sin against God. People die daily for sin of mankind. The wars fought, soldiers are lead into battle by their military leaders only not to come home. A person deciding to rescue a person despite his own safety, only to save but to loose his own life being a hero.

Jesus knew he would rise again, because His Father had declared it and He spoke also the words of His Father, yet in the passage above what we see is Jesus asking Peter after he cut off a soldiers ear should he not drink the cup His Father had prepared. Being willing to submit to the cup that God gives us. The hardest thing a person will ever do is submit to a cup God gives that seems an unhealthy choice. Yet Jesus took the cup of unhealthy for cup of a better life.

There those out there that have chosen to follow Jesus and find the road harder then they thought it would be at times. The road of obeying God is in conflict to our humanity. Our desire for sin is in direct misalignment of faith. To chose to do it God way makes us a winner, to do it in opposition of God is to do it the devilís way. To follow Godís will is a choice every believer must make. To drink the cup of obedience to God is one that is not easy, especially if it leads to death because of persecution. Jesus went willing to do the will of God for his life and that was to die for mankindís sin. Can you stop the will of God. Jonah tried to stop the will of God and got swallowed by a fish. Balaam tried to stop the will of God and found a donkey talking to him. Samuel obey God all his life and though there were times of difficulty, he had an eventful life and old age. Not always obeying God leads to persecution, yet the choice of how your life will end on earth is only Godís choice to give in the since of following His will. Your life can be a testimony of Godís grace and love despite how you die, or it can be a testimony of sin. Jesus life as one of leadership, love and compassion. He was a healer, a story teller, and convector of the human heart. Yet Jesus would drink the cup of paying the price for sin. The cup God had assigned him. God assigned Him to die for sin, to collect our sin and pay the price, by first collecting, burying and rising again so all could have eternal life if they would only believe. Believing is the call of God. Not all will believe at the very heart of the matter. Yet Godís call is to believe in Jesus and took look to Christ as being Godís salvation plan for mankind. Are you willing to drink the cup of belief today, and submit to the call of God to receive salvation? If you are pray this prayer with me.

Dear Heavenly Father help my unbelief unto belief in your salvation plan through Christ Jesus death on the cross for my sins and his resurrection for eternal life. I receive your call to answer the call of cup of belief in your Son, and ask Jesus to come into my heart today. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

You are saved if you believe and receive the cup of God salvation plan through Christ Jesus His only Son. Trust and obey the Holy Spirit today, the Spirit of God will direct and guide you through out your life.

Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:Isaiah 53:7 KJV
(7) He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

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