‘Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the Spirit is willing, but the body is weak.’ Mark 14:38(NLT)
You may not face execution for your faith, but you probably face problems that wear you down. You deal with irritating people whom you must love and serve; You face the burden of unfinished tasks or lack of obvious results; You cope with helpers who let you down or fail to comprehend. In times of great stress, we are vulnerable to temptation, even if we have a willing spirit. Jesus explained how to resist:
- Keep watch(Mark 14:35) – Stay awake and be morally vigilant.
- Pray to God(Mark 14:35) – This is how you maintain your vigilance.
- Seek support of friends and loved ones(Mark 14:33,37,40,41) – This is how you build up your resistance and help others~When one is weak, others are strong.
- Focus on the purpose God has given you(Mark 14:36) – This is how you do Gods will and not your own.
STUDY NOTES: NLT STUDY BIBLE ~ MARK 14:38