Sweating-Blood Scared

Thursday, November 24, 2016
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Luke 22:44 – He prayed more fervently, and he was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood. (NLT)

He had proudly denied the existence of God and spewed nothing but hate for Him, but that was before he lay on his death bed.

The movie, God's Not Dead, details the story of a battle between a college freshman and an atheist philosophy professor who challenges the young student to prove God's existence — a battle that the student wins when he asks the professor how he can hate someone who doesn't exist.

Having a change of mind, the professor hurries to a Newsboys concert, only to be hit by a car while crossing the road. Fortunately, a local pastor is nearby and rushes to his side. Fear washes over the professor's face as he now realizes that perhaps God is alive after all. Willing to take the risk, he professes his belief in Jesus Christ just before he inhales his last breath.

Fear also assaulted Jesus prior to His death as He prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane — so much so that His sweat became like blood. Though God in the flesh, He was also very much human. He knew the agony involved in crucifixion, but He realized that His would be even more painful because He would be taking the sin of the world upon Himself.

God has created within the human body a flight-or-fight mechanism which serves me well. When I find myself unwillingly in a dangerous situation, God gives me healthy fear which leads me to run away. This mechanism can also give me adrenaline power that I don't normally have when I need to fight.

Satan, on the other hand, is the master of burdening me with unhealthy fear. This spirit debilitates and keeps me from fulfilling God's plan for my life. I'll make excuses instead of forging ahead. This fear can also keep me from healthy relationships by causing me to remember those that weren't. With this fear, Satan can steal, kill, and destroy God's intentions for my life.

Overcoming sweating-blood fear is as simple as acknowledging the fear, reminding myself that it isn't coming from God, and asking God to replace it with a sound mind that will trust Him to move me into His bright future for me.

2 Timothy 1:7 – For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (NKJV)

Let each of us give our fears to God, and let Him replace them with a sound mind.

Prayer: Father, we place our fears in Your hands and ask for peace of mind, soul, and spirit. Amen.

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Martin Wiles <mandmwiles@gmail.com>
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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Awesome devotional, thank you.

    Martin, thanks for this devotional and may your Thanksgiving be joyful. Blessings.

    Now we know the end of the movie – glad I’ve seen it!
    Thanks for your message, Martin.

    Thank you, Martin, for this vivid picture of Satan’s destructive attack upon our lives, and the truth of God’s greater power and amazing love for us!

    Thank you for your insightful devotional Martin. Reliance on God’s plan for us does indeed drive out our fear. “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 (NIV) Fear has no place in our lives anymore.

    Giving thanks to God for the blood of His Son that defends us from all evil – passing by in the name of Jesus. Let us be deeply rooted and built up in Jesus Christ. Flowing with thanksgiving to the Redeemer, our Lord! Thank you Martin for today’s timely devotional!

    Wonderful thoughts Martin. It reminded me that fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Proverbs 9:10). Hope you and your family had a blessed and peaceful Thanksgiving holiday. Blessings.

    Great thoughts in your devotion Martin!
    The Lord took the fear from me when I did jail ministry years ago.
    Let us agree together to keep a sound mind and rely upon His power in times of trouble. Amen.
    God bless.

    Dear Mr. Wiles.
    Just read this devotional over again. It is a very strong reassuring message. Thank you.

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