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    Yolanda Ballard


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    Following Jesus into His garden isn’t always to be a place of the fragrance of the flowers and butterflies but it is a reminder of the agony displayed that comes with dying.

    We must follow Him until we have come to the place of having the willingness to put aside the cares of the world and repent of allowing them to have a hold on us.

    Going into His Garden is following Him to the place where we say “not my will but Thine be done”. Until we are willing to truly say that, we are still alive and have not come to that place of being crucified with Him.

    Until we come to that place of agony to struggle on our knees to accept that final work of crucifixion, we are still alive in the flesh.

    If Jesus struggled with this to the place of the stress of it breaking forth blood, how much more for us?

    For Jesus didn’t struggle with His place of unwillingness, but for ours. Those blood vessels bursting weren’t from His unwillingness to die, but for it of the whole world.

    He took our place by His grace and carried it to completion so all we have to do is take up where He left off for us, His victory.

    In order for Him to carry the Cross of Calvary, He first had to die the death to the flesh nature that we have. He was sinless and we are sinful.

    Yes, we must follow Jesus into the Garden to die the death of the sin nature. Then and only then will we be able to pick up our Cross and follow Him.

    Then when we enter into His garden, we will be able to truly partake of the fragrance of His flowers, feel the cool breeze of His presence, enjoy the livelihood and the sweetness of butterflies, the fluttering and beauty of the birds, and all of His creation.


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