July 26 / Proverbs 26 / Matthew 26


Gethsemane 5

Proverbs 26:2

Curses will not harm someone who is innocent; they are like sparrows or swallows that fly around and never land. [NCV]

This verse speaks to our becoming “unoffendable.”

The closer we get to Christ, the more unoffendable we become because we are so sure of our identity and life hidden in Him.

We think of what He thinks of us more than what others think of us and more and more stuff begins to roll off and lose power over us.

If you’re following God from your heart, so what if someone thinks you’re a jack-hole? When you know, truly, who you are in Christ, what defines you is that. It’s like when you know the people closest to you and mean the most to you love you no matter what-they think you’re the greatest despite all your flaws. You know that confident, I-can-take-on-the-world feeling that emanates from that?

It’s like that.

How bold one gets when one is sure of being loved.

-Sigmund Freud

Matthew 26:36-46

“My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” [NLT]

No matter what you want or think you need, and no matter what what you don’t want or think you don’t need, our Father knows better.

He knows supremely.


His will is ALWAYS superior to ours.

He made us. He gave us our very life.

Blessed union with Him sees our will becoming His will, wanting exactly what He wants.

He is infinitely good and He knows what He is doing, as Brother Lawrence said.

This is my prayer, to surrender to His will in everything, trusting in His goodness, care, and will for me as perfect.

Surrender to self and selfish desires is no real surrender at all, is it? It takes no strength, no pain, no agony to serve the self. The agony of the garden led Jesus to the ecstasy and glory of heaven.

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