A Bull at the Gate?


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Have you ever been like a bull at the gate, determined to charge into something and make it happen, no matter what? Sometimes opportunities present themselves that seem like they must be seized immediately, and so we do—even though everyone around us is screaming, “No…not now…not like this!”

There’s a great expression that says, “There’s power in calm.” I believe that rest always brings us more than decisions made under stress do.

When Jesus was facing the worst hour of His life, He could have been like a bull at the gate—He could’ve made an escape plan with His disciples, for example, or planned a counterattack!

But He didn’t! He sought rest first: “He took Peter, James and John along with Him, and He began to be deeply distressed and troubled. ‘My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,’ He said to them. ‘Stay here and keep watch.’ Going a little farther, He fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from Him.” (Mark 14:33-35 NIV)

Whew, what a tough act to follow. Jesus chose to walk this terrifying path without devising a plan of His own. He faithfully pressed on. Jesus came into this situation from a place of rest.

I encourage you to act out of prayer and not out of emotion. We know the results of Jesus’ obedience today: because He chose the Father’s path and did not resist, we are alive today! Yes, because He died, we live!

“…’You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.'” (John 13:7 NIV)

Your life is not out of control! God is still in control!

Today, come to Him with your fear. Receive His peace. Kneel before Him and tell Him, “My Jesus, I need You. Help me! I give You my life and all my trust. Amen.”

Just as He did, choose to act out of prayer!

You are a miracle!


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  1. Terry L Steury on 24/05/2023 at 12:19 PM

    Thank you Jesus for Your Faithfulness and for being sooo Good to Me! I Love You Lord! AMEN!!

  2. Joy on 24/05/2023 at 12:42 PM

    Hi Deborah, God spoke to me personally this morning using your voice. yesterday at work, I felt so humiliated and insecure. I was trampled upon. The people that I trusted stabbed me in the back and broke my heart. having put in a lot of work and sacrifice but to my amazement, i was disregarded. i came back crying and thinking of what next to do. but God’s word to me says, “My life is not out of control! God is still in control!”

    so, i will rest in God

    Today, i come to Him with your fear and i receive His peace. Amen.

    • Jimmy+Sanderson on 24/05/2023 at 1:43 PM

      Ma’am thank you for Sharing. I am sorry to hear that happened. GOD is in control, he never loses it.

      • Sharron+Kibler on 24/05/2023 at 8:30 PM

        Amen ????????????????????

    • Mary on 24/05/2023 at 3:15 PM

      ???????????????????? God is faithful!????

  3. Lesley on 24/05/2023 at 12:45 PM

    Thank you lord for always been there to guide me,in you I put all my faith and trust,may I be always what you need me to be,love you forever, ????

  4. Elisabeth on 24/05/2023 at 1:03 PM

    Amen yes thankyou Jesus for beeing allways there for us God bless Deborah plse

  5. Poi on 24/05/2023 at 1:07 PM

    Amen ????????

  6. Katie+Pena. on 24/05/2023 at 1:19 PM

    Thank you Jesus.Amen ????????????????????????

  7. Linda on 24/05/2023 at 2:05 PM

    Thank you Jesus ????????❤️

    • Maggie Madsen on 24/05/2023 at 4:15 PM

      My Jesus, I need You! HELP ME!!!! I give You my life and all my trust. Please help me with my unbelief! I love You.
      ~+~ AMEN ~+~

  8. Marshall on 24/05/2023 at 2:14 PM

    I am so Thankful for your daily reminders and words of encouragement.

  9. William on 24/05/2023 at 2:28 PM

    AMEN ????

  10. Mary on 24/05/2023 at 3:16 PM

    Amen!! God is faithful! ????????

  11. Sylvia on 24/05/2023 at 5:52 PM


  12. Michelle Dreksler on 25/05/2023 at 4:14 AM

    Your message is a bright spot in my day. I thank Jesus for showing you this ministry and pray for it daily. Thank you ????????

  13. RaSheda on 25/05/2023 at 2:54 PM

    Thank you Jesus ????????

  14. Mong Chau on 26/05/2023 at 4:35 PM

    Thank you Lord! Thank you Debora, your lesson is good for me. God blessing

  15. Sandy on 28/05/2023 at 7:47 PM

    Our God is An Awesome God…Thank you Jesus for you mercy never fails us. Thank you Lord for You Alone know the plans you have for me that not which to harm me but to Prosper me. I hold on to your promises lord. Jeremiah 29.11 Amen

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