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8 But God clearly shows and proves His own love for us,
by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.–Romans 5:8
have left out a great deal regarding the Passion of Christ, but the message is
this; I quote Warren Mueller, The Passion of Christ Bible Study.His words so express our feelings and passion
life of Christ has set a pattern for living a passionate life for Him.Believers in Jesus experience a spiritual
birth that results in the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit (John 3:3; 1
therefore, believers have everything needed to live a passionate life for
Christ.Why then are there so few
passionate Christians?I believe the
answer lies in the fact that, so few Christians follow the pattern of Christ’s
totally submitted to the Will of the Father.Nothing less is asked of us.
believe our submission begins with understanding in the heart of how much God
loves us.“Christ’s love for us is
not dependent on a quality in us that makes us lovable.He loves because He is love regardless of our
strengths or weaknesses.”
submit to that love.
I was told I was too passionate [for the Lord], the words from one I loved and
respected, pierced me deeply. I was
devastated.I was in a state of quandary. Can one be too passionate for Christ?God is good and when you seek Him, you will
find Him.I feel God led me to a sermon
written by Steve Saint.Steve Saint is
the son of Nate Saint.Nate Saint, a
pilot, served with Jim Elliott and three others as missionaries in Ecuador on
the Pacific side of the Andes. These men were attempting to evangelize the Waodani people in the
jungles of Ecuador.In 1956 during one
excursion the Waodani Indians killed these missionaries.
began to read and as I read this sermon by Steve Saint my heart quicken.Steve Saint had searched his heart and felt he
did not have the passion needed to bring the story of his dad and the other
missionaries to the world.He prayed,
“Lord give me passion.”Reading these
words my breath came in sharp gasps; and I lifted my voice to the God and
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ and humbly thanked HIM for my passion.
Saint portrayed his dad, Nate Saint, Jim Elliott, and the other missionaries in
the movie, “End of the Spear.”
have had several years to think about our passion for Christ Jesus.Does it not grow when we begin to relinquish
self and submit to our Heavenly Father?
Warren Mueller, The Passion of Christ Bible Study
Lloyd John Ogilvie, Ret. Chaplain, the United States Senate, “The Call to Unity
in Christ’s Body”.
Paul says, 5You
must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.6Though he was God, [Or Being in
the form of God] he did not think of equality with God as something to cling
to.7Instead, he gave up his
divine privileges [Greek he emptied himself] he took the humble position of a
slave [Or the form of a slave] and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form,8he humbled himself in obedience [submission] to God and died a criminal’s death
on a cross. --Philippians 2:5-8
human nature it is not an easy act to surrender ourselves.We struggle in our attempts to hold on to self,
to maintain our iron will, to do and live as we want.Charles Stanley, in essence, made a statement
like this, we do not read God’s Word for
the truth, but we read His Word to say what we want it to say.The Word becomes a source to justify our life
style not the life God intended us to live.It is not an easy choice to submit our life to God’s Will and it will
continue to be a struggle until that day of total submission as Christ
submitted in the Garden of Gethsemane.Our day of submission is our Gethsemane!
Pickett, Professor, Christian Life School of Theology, Author and Teacher, says:
“Joy is derived from the confidence that the price of dying to our will
holds the inevitable certainty of eventually realizing the triumph of HIS
J. Foster writes, “All of the luminaries in Scripture struggled as
well:Abraham as he relinquished his
son, Isaac; Moses as he relinquished his understanding of how the deliverer of
Israel should function; David as he relinquished the son given to him by
Bathsheba; Mary as she relinquished control over her future; Paul as he
relinquished his desire to be free of a debilitating ‘thorn in the flesh’”.In the end each one submitted to God’s Will
and they were blessed!
quote Pastor James Merritt, “there are
only three men in the History of the Old Testament who God did not reprimand.They were Joseph, Daniel and Jonathan.”Why?They followed God’s commandments in total submission.
does not mean they did not go through trials and suffering in their life, but
it means despite the trials, they were in total submission to our God and
Father.In so doing they Glorified God.
surrender self in total submission is the crucifixion of self.Paul understood this perfectly in Galatians2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but
Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith
in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
the crucifixion of self, we gain complete submission to Christ Jesus and the
Will of the Father.We are set free to
pray, to act and to serve “where He (God) is
already at work”.
Teach me to do Your will [so that I may please
You], For You are my God;Let Your good Spirit lead me on level ground.—Psalm143:10
Chambers in My Utmost for His Highest says, “Our Lord never dictated
demands to His Father, and neither are we to make demands on God. We are here to submit to His will so
that He may work through us what He wants.”
intimacy with God grows in and through our prayers. As we give ourselves in
submission to Him and His ways, we release our will so that His design and
purpose can accomplish His Will in and through us here on earth as in Heaven.
and King, convey this message, “Knowing God does not come through a program,
a study, or a method. Knowing God comes
through a relationship with a Person.
This is an intimate love relationship with God. Through this relationship,
God reveals Himself, His purposes, and His ways; and He invites you to join Him
where He is already at work”. Also they say:
“We must give up our own plans, desires, and
aspirations and be willing to make God’s desires and plans for our lives our
happens in and through prayer and our submission to the God and Father of our
Lord Jesus Christ. We claim His Word and
we see in our heart how much God loves us.
There is no greater place to discover true submission to our Heavenly
Father than in the Garden of Gethsemane (Luke -46 ).
would like for you to close your eyes and image Christ, the Son of God, in the
Garden of Gethsemane as He began to be troubled and deeply distressed and
exceedingly sorrowful. (Mark 14:33-34) Christ being in agony continued to pray
more earnestly until His sweat became like great drops of blood falling to the
ground. (Luke 22:44) He continued to ask His Abba that this cup of destruction
be removed from Him. His human nature
really wanted this sacrifice to pass away…. His heart was saying is there not
some other way for the sins of this world to be healed…..that I would not have
to suffer and die the shameful agony of sin.
Jesus, the one life lived in perfection, abhorred to be identified with
sin, gross selfish sin. Far greater than
all the physical pain He was to suffer, the separation from His Father was incomprehensible. The answer to His request was a resounding
no. Andrew Murray writes, “For our
sins, He suffered beneath the burden of that unansweredprayer.”
In view of this understanding, is it not incredible that we allow our
faith to be daunted when our prayers are not answered in the timing and way
that we think they should?!
yielded to the Will of the Father. His
submission was complete. Not My will,
but your will be done (Luke 22:42).
Richard J. Foster writes, “Here we have the complete laying down of
human will.” “Here we have the perfect
flowing into the will of the Father.”
“In the school of Gethsemane, we learn that ‘my will, my way, my good’
must yield to higher authority.”
exemplified complete and true submission.
God allowed His Son to carry the burden of sin in the world and save us
from destruction. We can be reborn,
regenerated in reconciliation that we become a new being (Ephesians 2:10). We are offered the opportunity to receive
Christ as our Savior and receive the promise of eternal life. It is in our submission that
God can truly use us. The purpose and
intent of the mission we have been given is fulfilled in the laying down of our
human will. In this act of surrender, we
are His and He is the Lord of our Life.
Henry T. Blackaby and Claude V. King, Experiencing God: Knowing
and Doing the Will of God
As quoted from Richard J. Foster’s book, “Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home”
“Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home”,
Richard J. Foster