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Garden of Gethsemane, Jerusalem

Garden of Gethsemane, Jerusalem

In the Garden of Gethsemane, hours before Jesus would go to give His lives on the cross for our sins He stopped and prayed.  His prayer was not a loving soliloquy of all that God is. Instead, Jesus has an intense and direct conversation with God about the death He is about to endure.

Anguished and distressed, Jesus prayed and asked God, "My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine." (Matthew 26:39) The Bible records the testimony that Jesus prayed that same prayer two more times before the nights end. 

Can you picture this moment?  Have you ever been anguished and distressed?  Those are difficult times to make rational life-changing decisions. Do you think in those moments, you would be capable of following God’s will enough to serve a people group who hate and reject you? What about just one person you dislike?

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This is what Christ did, He died a brutal death for sinners and unbelievers.  He also made that decision under extreme anguish.  A clear-headed thought and choice was possible because of His extremely close relationship with God and His willingness to serve the Father’s will above His own.

They call the story of Jesus dying on the cross the Passion of the Christ.  If you were to look up the definition of passion you would see it defined in part as the suffering of Christ on the cross. Christ had so much passion they literally defined the word after him. 

Can you think of any word that is defined after a person?

For that reason, I believe passion is an essential factor in writing God’s sentence with your life.  I want believers to find a passion for God, like Christ did, that will allow us to proceed with God’s will under any circumstance and regardless of our emotion or possible outcome. 

Jesus found passion by developing a deep and meaningful relationship with God.  In the soon to be released new book I wrote called, God Has a Sentence for Your Life, I will explore the depths of what passion is and how to find it in your Christian walk.

For this blog, I want to record what it looks like in real life when you do the things I teach in the book. I want to explore my life with Christ and see how deep I can go in 2019.  I want to invite you on my journey and encourage you to start your own as well.

In the posts ahead, I will discuss what steps I will be taking over the next year to find passion in my life and explain the rules and objectives for my adventure.  Then we will follow the same recipe as I go on a simultaneous adventure to find vision and faith this year.

I want to love God like Jesus did. I want to write a story of passion with my life. I believe these two things need to be combined to do either.

Would you like to follow my journey?

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