Matthew 26:36-42 (KJV)

36 Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.
37 And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy.
38 Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.
39 And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
40 And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?
41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
42 He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.

Every believer must choose whether he will live by the principle of obedience or follow his preferences.

When a person commits to doing the Lord’s will, then every situation and decision is sifted through the standard of “God said it, so I’m going to do it–and that’s the end of it.”

He may complain, weep, or try to argue.

But in the end he will be obedient, no matter what.

The Lord certainly understands our need to question, cry out, and petition Him for the strength to do what He asks. 

Hebrews 4:15 tells us that we have a high priest who can sympathize with us.

Jesus wasn’t excited or happy about the cross.

He grieved over the coming separation from His Father.

Nevertheless, He was committed to following God’s will (Matt. 26:39).

No one took Christ’s life from Him; He laid it down (John 10:18).

Our lives are about fulfilling God’s purpose.

Many people miss His awesome plan for them because they choose to follow their preferences.

Obedience is sometimes hard, but the struggle and sacrifice are worth it.

There is joy and peace for the believer who pleases the Lord and lives by His principles.

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