A Monster or a Motivator…

Are you at the breaking point right now? Do you feel that if you have one more pressure added to your life, you will break? Stress can be a monster, but stress can also be a motivator.

“It matters not how great the pressure is, only where the pressure lies. As long as the pressure does not come between me and my Savior, but presses me to Him, then the greater the pressure, the greater my dependence upon Him.” -Hu d s on Ta y l or

Q: “In Gethsemane how did Jesus mentally process the situation He was facing?”

Although Jesus knew He was about to be arrested and would face death, He acknowledged His Father’s sovereignty and put His trust in God’s ultimate control over the situation.

“He said, ‘Abba, Father, all things are possible for you.’” -Mark 14:36

Q: “How did Jesus outwardly express His emotions?”

Although Jesus was frequently open with His emotions (John 11:35), he responded to His crucifixion by releasing his anxiety to the Father in prayer. He admitted His great desire to avoid death by asking His Father to remove the cross from His life. Yet, His heart remained submissive to His heavenly Father’s will.

“He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed, saying, ‘Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.’” -Luke 22:41–42

Q: “Did Jesus have a physical reaction to the trauma He experienced?”

Suffering physical torment as a result of His agony, Jesus perspired profusely!

“Being in an agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.” -Luke 22:44

Key Verses to Memorize

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” -Matthew 11:28–30

Key Passage to Read and Reread

1 Kings chapter 19

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