DISCIPLINED TO THE KINGDOM

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Affirm

The Lord is your keeper.
The Lord is your shade at your right hand.

Psalm 121:5

TEXT

Mark 14:32-42  (NASB)
They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, Sit here while I pray. He took Peter, James and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled. My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death, he said to them. Stay here and keep watch.

Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him. Abba, Father, he said, everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.

Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. Simon, he said to Peter, are you asleep? Could you not keep watch for one hour? Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.

Once more he went away and prayed the same thing. When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. They did not know what to say to him.

Returning the third time, he said to them, Are you still sleeping and resting? Enough! The hour has come. Look, the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!

READ

“And let us keep the burning thought that we are disciplined to the Kingdom of God- the Absolute Order and the Final Way of Life. All other objectives fail- this cannot. This is an unshakable Kingdom, so amid all the shaking of kingdoms to the dust we will stand unshaken too. We have the one solid reality in a world of make-believe. We can therefore act with abandon, knowing that the sum total of reality is at our back.”

-E. Stanley Jones

Declare

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful,
and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.”

Hebrews 12:28

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