With bloodied sweat on his brow, Jesus made his way the few paces back to his friends who he'd ask to join him in prayer in the olive grove. He'd been travailing before the Father for an hour. It was well past midnight and he knew that he would soon be arrested, tried, convicted and crucified for crimes he'd never committed. "Could you men not keep watch with me for one hour?" he asked Peter. "Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak."
Peter and his two friends had sat down a stone's throw away from Jesus and watched him pray. They knew that something auspicious was about to take place but fatigue had overtaken them. Sadly they could not keep their eyes open at this late hour, leaving Jesus to face the cup of God, alone.
Many years later, the risen and ascended Jesus appeared to one of these three in a vision on the Isle of Patmos. Before he revealed to John what would come at the end of all time, Jesus gave John instructions to the churches of Asia Minor. To the church in Sardis he said, "Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your deeds complete in the sight of my God."
As we track God's purposes we often become blasé about his commands and instructions. We become so familiar with prayer, worship and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit that we fall asleep in our complacency. The danger of this is that we miss the blessings of God and open ourselves to the arrest of the enemy. Let's open ourselves rather to God's word. And God's word to us today is to "Wake up! Strengthen what remains."
Our hope is that, by sharing experiences in tracking the will of God, we will draw closer to him and discover the awesome value of walking with God. Let us know what you think by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org God knows the plans he has for you. So go ahead and track them!
What is trACker?
GodTracker and trACker owe their origins to an international Christian radio programme produced by Dudley Anderson called, OnTrack. Although OnTrack went off-air in 2005, trACker has continued to help people to track God's plans and purposes for their lives since July 2003.
You can now hear Dudley Anderson on UCB UK
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Verse of the Week
But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for it is light that makes everything visible. This is why it is said: "Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you."
Quote of the Week
A Sample of Dudley's Fave Quotes.
"And the longer you delay, the more your sin gets strength and rooting. If you cannot bend a twig, how will you be able to bend it when it is a tree?" --- Richard Baxter
Don't Give-up, Look-up!
Look-up and Fix Your Eyes On Jesus!
My Salvation Is Nearer Than I Think
The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.
"Dear God, I am sorry for my slumber. I apologise and repent of becoming complacent about your things like worship, prayer and fellowship. You have saved me by the blood of Jesus and I have been taking this for granted. I am sorry, O Lord. I stir myself awake now. I rouse myself to enjoy every moment with you as though it was the moment I first asked Jesus into my life. Help me to celebrate every living moment in the freshness of the hope that you will meet my needs and lead me in my daily walk. I believe that you are coming soon, Lord Jesus, and my salvation is nearer than I think. Praise God. Amen."
Dudley began writing for radio. He currently presents for UCB UK and writes a weekly devotional called, trACker. trACker reaches hundreds of people and is published online. Dudley also pastors a church in the UK. More at: www.godtracker.co.uk