Watch and pray! Mat 26:41: Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. In St. Luke's account of the incident where this Scripture occurs we read that when Jesus saw them sleeping, He said unto them “... Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.” Luk 22:46 Comparing this with what’s recorded in St. Matthew and Mark's Gospels, it means Jesus was simply saying “stay/keep awake and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing but the flesh is weak.” In other words, the Lord Jesus was simply admonishing His disciples not to slack off or be lazy but to be prayerful. From this portion of Scripture, we understand that prayer or being prayerful is how we keep ourselves vigilant and diligent as saints, it is how we keep ourselves from entering into temptation; it is what enables us to give expression to the desires of our recreated human spirits. It is also how we walk in the Spirit for by so…
*[[2Co 3:18]] KJV* But we all, with
open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the
same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. The Bible tells us in Hebrews 1:3 that
Jesus is the brightness of God's glory and the express image of His person. We
catch a glimpse of this glorious image of the Lord in the account at the Mount
of Transfiguration: Matt.17:1-9; Mk.9:1-9; Luke 9:27-35. Luke gives us a very important piece
of information about this account. He records that “And as he prayed, the fashion of his
countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering.” *[[Luk 9:29]] KJV* In other words, the transformation
occurred while He prayed. This information is important because it lets us know
that in the place of prayer, the transformation or change of which Paul speaks
of in 2 Cor.3:18 happens. That is, just as with the Lord, as we
give ourselves to praying in the Spirit, we are changed into the same glorious
image from glory…
Numbers 13:33 KJV: And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.
How we see ourselves matters a LOT. Often times, it influences how others see us and ultimately, it affects the quality of life that we experience.
In the Scripture above, 10 of the spies sent out to scope the Promised Land came back with a negative but interesting report. Part of their report stated that when they saw the inhabitants of the land who were literally giants, in their own eyes they became like grasshoppers and then they became like grasshoppers in the sight of the giants.
This is really interesting stuff. They were first grasshoppers in their own sight and then they became as such in the eyes of the giants.
Their perception of themselves influenced the way others saw them.
Note that it was not that the 10 spies were grasshoppers or like one; weak, cowardly, puny, defenseless, etc. nor was it that the gian…