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Put to Death, the Flesh

Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. Galatians 5:19-21 When you try to break a sinful habit or even a thought pattern, you discover that the chains of that habit have rested so lightly you didn’t even feel them until now. Sin does not seem to be irresistible--until you want to be free from it. The moment you confront your sin, it surprises you with its hidden power. Now the chains are so strong you are unable to break them. You begin to feel like a man who tried to drain a pond, not realizing that the pond was fed by an underground source. We want to attack our bad habits and learn to curb them or develop new methods to say no to sinf…

In the Garden

Matthew 26:47-56; Mark 14:43-50; Luke 22:47-53; John 18:1-11
When Jesus entered the Garden of Gethsemane, He knew He would be arrested, put through a series of trials and humiliated. All of the gospel writers made it clear that Jesus [knew] all things that would come upon Him. Nothing was a surprise or out of His and the Father’s control.  This same Jesus understood fully all that His dying would entail. He knew what pain he would bear before He ever set foot in the garden. There in the garden He prayed, “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.” During Jesus prayer that night, every sorrow He had ever known seemed to attack Him all at once. We could never comprehend the depth of Christ’s agony or the terror of divine wrath the way that He did that night. The disciples were familiar with the Garden of Gethsemane they had gone there with Jesus ofttimes before (John 18:2). On this particular night, the disciples had all been i…