We continue our series in the book of Mark and discuss the spiritual battle that exists.
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The Gospel of Mark: The battle is won….when?
July 15th, 2012 by Kasey Crawford
Today’s Passage: Mark 14:32-50
Jesus’ Prayer in The Garden of Gethsemane
The victory of Jesus going to the cross was won in the __________, in ____________.
In this example, Jesus models that to walk in victory, the battle is often won _________ we get to the situation in which the kingdom victory is released. The battle for the kingdom is won ahead of time, on our knees, where we are ____________ to be a conduit of the kingdom for whatever comes our way.
Jesus taught his disciples to pray, “Our Father, who is in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven….” Matthew 6:9-10
Jesus invites us through prayer to call forth the ____________ of more heaven into earth.
Like Jesus, we are meant to be ____________ of his Kingdom that walk in the power of the spirit and bring supernatural shifts to the places we go, so that more of heaven is released into earth, that is God’s _______.
But the garden of gethsemane prayer shows a very foundational key element of this process of releasing heaven: In order to pray with the ______________ releasing of God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven, our wills must first be lined up and in ______________ with and _______________ to God’s will.
In his humanness, Jesus is struggling with the task set before him, to the point that he says, Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” 14:36
The words he speaks to Peter are a parallel with what he is experiencing himself. “Simon, are you asleep? Could you not watch one hour? 38 Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 14:37-38
Jesus was tempted in the garden and in his humanity could feel the __________ to ____________ to God’s will.
And the battle, against the _______ of the enemy, the ____________ of the flesh-his humanity; but through prayer (the place of quieting himself enough to hear God’s heart), that is where the battle was ________.
Through this time of prayer…we see that a shift takes place….
“For the joy set before him endured the cross” Hebrews 12:2
The enemy and the flesh are ____________ and Jesus walks into the cross releasing kingdom victory and power.
Peter did the opposite… Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak…
Peter _________ during prayer instead of fighting the battle and thus when the mob came, while Jesus responded in power, control and love, Peter reacted by trying to chop some guys head off…and then deserted Jesus and denied that he knew him.
Peter went into these situations without having done battle ahead of time, so he wasn’t armed with the power and perspective of heaven to ____________ into the situation.
Living it out…What recurring challenge or stressful situation are you going to commit to doing more battle ahead of time on your knees for so that you can be filled up with heaven’s perspective and release kingdom fruit?
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