Day 29: The spirit is willing

Even though I see several pictures like the blog heading, I still find it difficult to fathom the awesome truth that I not only saw the Jordan River but was able to wade knee-deep into it.

Talk about an amazing experience.

The Jordan River is a channel of incredible history. In this river countless miracles of God were performed. Biblical figures passed through these murky waters while on a mission for the Lord.

Most humbling and heart-wrenching of all, my Jesus was baptized in this flow.

When my lower-half was submerged in the water, I couldn’t help but envision my Jesus wading out into the Jordan, His soul desperate to honor the Father and His eyes Heaven-bent.

As I was reading through Luke 22 this morning, God kept gently reminding me the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. (Matt. 26:41)

As Jesus enters the Garden of Gethsemane with His disciples he urges them to ‘Pray that you many not enter into temptation.’ (v. 40b) Withdrawing a short distance from His disciples, Jesus knelt down and began to pray, imploring the Lord to remove this burden from Him, ‘yet not My will, but Yours be done.’ (v.42)

Sandwiching the petition of Christ to be spared the temporary separation from God when all the sin of the world (past, present, and future) would fall upon Him is Jesus’s plea that the Father’s will prevail.

In verse 46 Jesus, upon finding the disciples asleep, instructs them once more to pray so that they wouldn’t fall into temptation.

Jesus understood that the spirit was willing to do the work of the Lord, but the flesh was weak, willing to compromise temporary comfort for eternal reward.

All during Jesus’ ministry on this earth we see His love for the Father. When temptation came His way (even from Satan himself) Jesus used the power of God’s Word to focus His mind and His heart on the Lord.

If even Jesus Christ suffered through temptation and a battle of the flesh, so we too can expect the same in our lives.

There is a daily, moment-by-moment battle going on between satisfying our souls by living for God or satisfying our flesh by living for ourselves.

Last night, I could sense the enemy and my flesh cooperatively working to discourage and exhaust me. Instead of peace, they endorsed confusion. In place of trust, they sowed seeds of doubt.

Right then, I could hear the Father whisper in my ear: The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.

Instead of immediately going to bed like my body was urging me to after a long day, I spent time in honest prayer, crying out to God and begging that His will alone be done in my life.

Sometimes, brothers and sisters, we need to allow for God to help us realign our life’s focus. Our perspectives can be skewed drastically and dangerously when we allow circumstances to distract us from the goodness of God.

Although none of us (unfortunately) can physically wade into the Jordan River today,  I encourage our spirits to do just that. Remember the miracles God performed on behalf of His children, recall the works and heart of Jesus, dwell on the beauty of the day the Lord cleansed us of our unrighteousness.

Soak in the mercies of God and submerge yourself in the awe of His wonder.

When we drown our flesh in the river of remembrance, recalling who God is and what He has done, we satisfy our spirits with and draw power from the Liquid of Life, Jesus Christ.

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