When did Jesus surrender to God’s will?

Luke 22:40 “And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation. 41 And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, 42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. 43 And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. 44 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. 45 And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow, 46 And said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.”

Jesus came to this earth for a very specific reason. God sent him to live a Godly life before mankind. Jesus enjoyed himself. He was raised by two Godly parents. He went to school and learn of God and life itself. Jesus had had friends who loved him dearly. He traveled with his parents to Jerusalem. He had a good life as we see it in the bible. The bible says that Jesus learned obedience through the things that he suffered. His ministry began to show the people that God was real and intervened in the affairs of man. But where did Jesus surrender to God’s will? Jesus knew he was going to die and told the disciples at the last supper. When they got to garden to pray, Jesus asked them to stay and he went off to pray. Wine and a full stomach makes for a good nap. The disciples fell asleep. Jesus asked God to release him from this obligation. He pray three times and finally said if it be thy will. Then Jesus submitted to the death on the cross. Now when did you surrender to God’s will?


1 Kings 4:29 “And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea shore. 30 And Solomon’s wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the children of the east country, and all the wisdom of Egypt. 31 For he was wiser than all men; than Ethan the Ezrahite, and Heman, and Chalcol, and Darda, the sons of Mahol: and his fame was in all nations round about. 32 And he spake three thousand proverbs: and his songs were a thousand and five. 33 And he spake of trees, from the cedar tree that is in Lebanon even unto the hyssop that springeth out of the wall: he spake also of beasts, and of fowl, and of creeping things, and of fishes. 34 And there came of all people to hear the wisdom of Solomon, from all kings of the earth, which had heard of his wisdom.”

God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding beyond anyone on earth. Because Solomon didn’t ask for riches, God made him the richest man that ever lived. The bible says that he kept the gold inside the walled city and dumped the silver on the ground outside the wall.  His guards were dressed better than most kings. Solomon wrote Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and the Song of Solomon. Wisdom is far better than riches. Solomon said that we are to enjoy the works of our hands for it is the gift of God. He saw the world differently. He saw the world as God sees it. The word of God reveals the thoughts and intents of the heart. That is what Solomon saw. It is what we need in our lives the live this life on earth. We are here to accomplish God’s will on the earth.

James1: 5  “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”



Nothing new under the sun

Ecclesiastes 1:9 “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.10 Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.11 There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after.”

A few years back, one of my sons was going off to war. My wife and I were at the staging area. All the family had gathered to say goodbye. Some were crying, some laughing, and some just holding on to each other. While I was looking at the crowd of people, I realized that this has happened many times before. A song kept playing in my head, an American Revolutionary song, Johnnie has gone for a soldier. I remembered Ecclesiastes, there is nothing new under the sun. Man has repeated history over and over again. God tell us not to be a forgetful hearer. Change is the only real thing in this world. As we change into the image and likeness of God. Remember this and walk towards God and His kingdom.

Singing and making melody in your heart

Ephesians 5:14 “Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. 15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. 18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; 19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; 20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;”

when Paul was preaching throughout the world, there were always people who saw the power and wanted it. Paul preached Christ and Him crucified. You can’t enter into the kingdom without first coming to the knowledge of Jesus. I was 20 some years before I had a real relationship with my earthly father. It took that long before we had an a close personal relationship. I talked to him and he to me almost every day. We couldn’t establish that kind of relationship without the help of God. This is the relationship that God wants with us, a relationship of a father to his son. God shows us how to develop this kind of relationship. In my walk with God, I began as a servant. Then I discovered I was a son. Then I was a son with an inheritance. Then I was a son, who’s older brother sat on the right hand of my Father. God wants everyone to have that personal and intimate relationship. Sing unto the Lord a new song.

About the blog

My 9th great grandfather came to this country in the early 1600s. They were Hugenots. They came to America for religious freedom. The Blanchard’s have had a minister in every generation, since my 10th great grandfather, Pierre, and ending with myself. My mother’s side of the family also had ministers in every generation. My 7th great grandfather, Alexander Carson was a presbyterian minister in Scotland. There have been a lot of prayers on both sides of the family. When my two families joined together, it wasn’t a surprise that my ministry is Prayer. Since the Reformation, my families have been praying for God’s will on this earth. Many of those prayers are still active in our lives. Because God is and is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him, whether the person who prayed is alive or not. This blog is for people serious about prayer, in need of prayer and accomplishing God’s will on this earth. The Blog address is http://www.joseph1637.wordpress.com. May the Lord bless and keep you. Crain.

Ashes to ashes, dust to dust

Genesis 2:7 “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”

Genesis 13:16 “And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered.”

Genesis 3:19 “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.”

Job 34:15 “All flesh shall perish together, and man shall turn again unto dust.”

Ecclesiaste 12:7 “Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.”

Have you ever had the feeling of immortality? There was a song that came out a few years ago named “Ten feet tall and bullet proof”. People still have that feeling of immortality because it is partially true. There is a part of us that is immortal, but it isn’t our body. Our spirit will live forever. Man is made up of three parts, body, soul and spirit. Our body is the dust of the earth. Our soul is the life of God in us. Our spirit is our mind, will and intellect. Our spirit is who we are, the image and likeness of God. That is what is going to go to heaven or hell. Once the bond of God’s life is broken, our body will die and our spirit will separate. Then our spirit will go to the appropriate place. This is the mechanics of life.


The Narrow Gate

2 Timothy 3:1 “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, 7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

I watch less and less television every day. I see less of God in it. There are few stations that are even willing to carry godly programs. Even the cartoons are about violence and killing. It is funny, interesting, that the scripture 2 Timothy 3:1-7 isn’t about the world. It is about the church, the bride of Christ. Jesus said He is coming back for a people who will look like Him. People shake their heads and says it is the times we are in. But it isn’t the times. It is the choices we make. The path that Jesus gave us, as He said, “it is straight and few there are that find it.”

Matthew 7:14 “Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”

What do you see?

Matthew 24:1 “And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. 2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. 3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? 4 ¶ And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. 5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. 6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.”

What do you see? What is the future of our world? What have we come through to get to this place? Why was it so hard to get here? Why did we have to go through so many trials? we live in a free country that allows us to do what we can dream about. Then why is the world suffering so much? Looking around and seeing the truth makes me angry. Those that have are required to give to those that don’t. Jesus brought the disciples to the garden of Gethsemane. he showed them the temple and all the grounds. They ask about when to end of the world was. He told when the end would start. Jesus went there to pray that He wouldn’t have to suffer the cross. But He understood that this was God’s plan for Him. Finally, He accepted the cross with joy. He knew that it would restore the kingdom of God. Look around and see the world and what it has become. It is the beginning of sorrows.

What is Christianity?

1 John 1:5 “This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”

If we confess our sins, God will forgive us of our sins. This is the first step we take. When we asked Jesus into our life and to forgive us, it changes everything. God is the only one who can changed our hearts.

Proverbs 23: 7 “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:”

Jeremiah 17:9 “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”

Romans 2:3 “And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God? 4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? 5 But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; 6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds:”

You can’t get salvation on your own. If you want it, you have to seek God. You can’t change your heart. God knows who you are and what you need. But you have to come to the understanding that you are separated from God by sin. This is the beginning, then God will draw you to Him. Usually, a christian is praying for you, then God will move on the faith. If you confess your sins and ask Jesus to forgive you. God will hear your  prayer and forgive you sins. Then He come to live in you. This is how a person becomes a Christian. This is the first step in your life as a Christian.

Clouds without water

2 Peter 2:13 “And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you;14 Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children:15 Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;16 But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man’s voice forbad the madness of the prophet.17 These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever.”

When I first began to walk with God, I would see all the great miracles performed by either God and the Prophets. I would say to myself, I want to do that or that. Wouldn’t it be great to do those miracles. I asked God about doing those miracles and He said yes. He said first I have to be crossing a desert with 2 million people and being chased by the Egyptian army, or run into an opposing army by myself or living in the backside of a desert in the middle of a 3 year old famine. The miracles in the bible are for the people who are in the middle of the situation. God wants to give us have signs and wonders and miracles, but you have to understand. They are for the work of the kingdom. They are not performed as a sideshow to be entertaining. They are the tools for the work in the Kingdom of God. And you may have anyone of them that you need. All you have to do is ask.

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