Jesus comforted while praying  in the gardenJesus had his mind on the cross that was before him. He knelled down and prayed, “if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will…” Sometimes the trials are so overwhelming to us, that it is laborious to keep our faith up. If we stay on our knees, similar to how God helped Jesus, he will send his angels to comport us. Often times God does this with the ministry to deliver strength through his word. He helps us to look above the cross and to press on.

Jesus was working through many persecutions and difficulties. They were huge and hard, but it was important that he went through. Trials can be very bitter to face, but we cannot allow ourselves to take on a bitter attitude. We must work through it all, or else the bitterness of the trial can become a bitter part of us. We must work through it by the grace of God to stay sweet in our soul.

Jesus had to work through hard trials, and even learn from them. Yes, even though he was the son of God, he still had to learn. 

Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared; Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; Hebrews 5:7-9

Most of us like to be prepared for difficult times and to know what lies ahead. Jesus knew, but he hadn’t experienced the pain of intense suffering and death before. We may know the trial ahead is difficult, but still not fully anticipate the preparation that is needed to face it. When in the garden in prayer, Jesus was wrestling and working through the difficulties of facing his suffering and death. Many times our battles are actually won or lost mentally before we actually face them. We know we are facing a hard situation, but we must prepare to be willing to go through it. The enemy will magnify it in our mind in a way to cause fear and discouragement. We must determine to submit ourselves so we can endure to the end.

It is humbling when you know there is something difficult ahead, but yet you still surrender to the will of God. Jesus had to face death, which was very debasing, because he had to relinquish all control. We need to be able to be in a position that we can unconditionally trust God all the way through. The enemy fights especially hard at our time of death. By faith, if we have learned to stay submitted, we will be able to work through death also.

For people who are not ready to face eternity, it is horrible to give up life and their soul, knowing they are not ready. Many people hardened themselves against God’s correction so much so, that they come to death’s door falsely believing they are okay and prepared to enter heaven.

Jesus obediently relinquished full control over his body. He obediently humbled himself completely, took our sins on himself, and died alone that we might be saved from sin. Jesus was already obedient, but he learned an even greater depth of love and obedience by the things he willingly suffered. When we are in the midst of the trial, we also need to lay hold on the mindset of love, obedience, and have faith to believe that God will take us through. Then we must continue to work through the opposition, and not attempt to avoid it.

There will be a good profit in our soul if by faith we submit to the trial God wants us to face. Go through, trust, and believe God. Someone else will need that hope of your testimony, and they will need you to tell them about how you made it through.