If you would, turn in your Bibles with me to the book of
Matthew chapter twenty-six. That's Matthew chapter twenty-six. We'll be reading verse thirty-six through verse forty-six.
Matthew chapter twenty-six, verse thirty-six through verse
forty-six. And when you get there, signify by saying,
36. Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called
Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I
go and pray yonder.
37. And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee,
and began to be sorrowful and very heavy.
38. Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful,
even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.
39. And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and
prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass
from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
40. And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them
asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with
me one hour?
41. Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the
spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
42. He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying,
O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I
drink it, thy will be done.
43. And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes
44. And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the
third time, saying the same words.
45. Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them,
Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand,
and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.
46. Rise, let us be going: behold, he is at hand that doth
Tonight we will entitle our message, "No Pain, No Gain."
"No Pain, No Gain." Let us pray.
Most holy and gracious heavenly Father, we thank and praise
You for this time together with You and Your Name. Hide
Your servant behind the cross, that Your people would see
You and not me. Father, as I decrease I ask that You would
Lord God, I ask that You would touch my body right now in
the Name of Jesus. I thank You, Lord, according to Your
Word that you are Jehovah Rapha. In the Name of Jesus.
Lord, we thank You that Your Anointing does the work for
us. In Jesus' Name, amen.
No pain, no gain. We all suffer pain, whether it be physical or
whether it be emotional. We all suffer pain. Sometimes pain
carries an intensity that will cause us even to go into a place
of despair in our lives.
When we look at the Word of God, it gives us principles to
deal with our painful situations. When we know how to
respond, that pain (glory to God) that seemed as though it was
going to destroy us is the same pain that's going to prepare us
to do the greater works that God has (hallelujah Jesus) for us
to do. It will prepare us to do a greater service unto the Lord.
When we look at Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, there
are some lessons that we can all learn. If we are going to be
prepared to do a work for the Lord, we will have our own
Gethsemane. I don't know about you, but every now and then
I go through my place of Gethsemane when I got to get down
on my knees, because the burden seems to be just a little bit
too much for me to bear.
If you're going to do a great thing for the Lord (hallelujah),
you're going to have your Gethsemane. When we look at that
word "Gethsemane" (glory to God) it means oil press. It
means oil press.
When we look at where olive oil comes from, it comes from
an olive. And when we look at what they do, they take that
olive. And they take the flesh of that olive, and they begin to
press it. And they press it, and they press it.
In your garden of Gethsemane, God is going to take your
flesh, and He's going to press it and press it and press it and
press it and press it all over again and again and again, until
the oil flows out.
When we look at what God is doing with us in that Garden of
Gethsemane, just like they take the flesh of that olive, He's
taking our flesh and He's separating our flesh from our spirit.
You better hear me tonight. He's separating. He's extracting
our flesh from our spirit, because He doesn't want to deal
with no flesh. Our God wants to deal with our spirit man.
Glory to God.
Pain and suffering is only a waste (listen to me) when we
allow it to be a waste. No pain, no gain. When you're going
through something, that pain that you have in your emotions,
that pain that you're feeling, it doesn't have to be a waste.
You don't hear me tonight. It can be something that'll take
you to the very next level in God if you respond to it right.
In order for God to accomplish His will and His purpose for
our lives, we've got to go to Gethsemane. Oh, you don't hear
me yet. You got to go to that place where it's the oil press, so
He can separate your flesh from your spirit. In the Name of
When we look at pain and suffering, it's instrumental to us in
the Kingdom of God, because it's instruction. Why is it
instruction? Because it brings me back to purpose. Though I
may be seeming as though I can't take it no more, that garden
of Gethsemane is going to cause me to get down on my knees.
You don't hear me tonight. It's going to cause me to get into
an intimate place with God. Oh, I feel Jesus tonight.
It's not only (glory to God) going to be instructional, but it's
going to be purifying. The Bible said Jesus prayed until sweat
like drops of blood came pouring down from Him. It's going
to be a place of purifying. It's going to extract all those
impurities out of you that cause you to murmur and to
complain and tell God, "He ain't right." You don't hear me
Jesus begged Him, He said, "Father, if this cup could pass
from Me..." He said He was feeling a little heavy. You ain't
never been there. You ain't never had no burdens on your
shoulders. You ain't never had no yoke around your neck. If
you're going to do the work of the Lord, you've got to go by
Let me tell you something. God knows whether to manifest a
blessing. And He knows whether (glory to God) to send you
pain. Because one way or the other they are both what we
will call motivators. Excuse me. You will either be
motivated by the blessing or you'll be either motivated by the
But what God will do... Glory to God. He knows that when
He blesses you, you're only going to lift up your hands for a
little while. Oh, who... You don't hear me tonight. We seem
to remember the pain a little bit more than we remember the
blessing. They're both motivators. And He knows which one
to send at what time to send it. In the Name of Jesus.
There's going to be an atmosphere of intimacy. Gethsemane
is going to bring you into an atmosphere of intimacy. You've
been wondering why you've been going through the things
you've been going through. God's trying to be intimate with
you. Oh, you don't hear me. But you would rather make love
to the cares of the world than to allow the Lord to come into
you (you don't hear me) and you go into Him.
It's a place of intimacy. It'll cause you to get down on your
knees. The Bible said Jesus had to go three times. You don't
hear me tonight. You ain't never had a burden where you got
off your knees, but you had to go right back, then you got off
your knees again, but no, you had to go back again.
Every now and then I get heavy enough where I got to keep
going back and going back and going back and going back
again, until I say finally, "Not my will, but Thy will be done."
In the Name of Jesus.
Our Gethsemane may be painful for two reasons. It may be
painful because He wants you to recognize and understand the
pain that Jesus went through when He went to the cross, when
He came off His throne in glory (you don't hear me), when
He left the holy Trinity to come down here and walk like
Grace costs more than what we realize. The grace that we
have did not come cheap. That unmerited favor that you are
enjoying, but you don't know how to enjoy, it didn't come
Saints of God, I know you're going through something right
now, but it'll pass after a while. When you decide to
say...(tongues)..., "Lord, not my will but Thine be done,"
that's when you're going to get peace. That's when Jesus told
the disciples, He said, "Rise." That's when you're going to
speak to your spirit man (glory to God) and you're going to
say, "Rise, because I got a work to complete."
After a while you're going to come to the place where you
speak to your own self. The Bible said David encouraged
himself in the Lord. You're going to come to a place where
you (glory to God) motivate yourself. Don't nobody got to
pat you on the back. Don't nobody got to clap their hands for
you. Oh, I feel Jesus in this house.
We got to go by Gethsemane. In Gethsemane He wants us to
learn the principles of dealing with pain. They're are
principles. The world wants us to pop pills for the pain. Oh,
you don't hear me. Prozac. What else is there? But Jesus is
saying, "Get on your knees and spend a little time in prayer."
When I learn to deal with pain, I become more valuable to the
Kingdom. Listen. I want to be valuable. I want Jesus to see
the value in me. I want Him to know that I'm not just another
knucklehead in the pulpit, that His dying on the cross wasn't
in vain, that I know what He did and I know the price He paid
to do it.
I'm going by Gethsemane. That's where I'm going. It seems
as though people that walk in the midst of what God is doing
in the earth suffer the most. Many people think when they get
in the right place with God, it's going to be gravy.
Let me tell you something. You thought where you were
there was turbulence. Get where He wants you to be. I
guarantee you there'll be tempestuous winds that'll try to
blow you down, things that'll come your way that you could
never even imagine.
God's purpose, saints of God, His purpose (listen to this) is
greater than our pleasure. We want to put our pleasure before
His purpose. But His purpose is greater than our pleasure.
It's greater than me pleasing this flesh. I got to get this flesh
under, that God can show forth from me.
No pain, no gain. That's the rule you can live and die by. If
you're in the things of God and you never experience any
pain, you must not be in the right place. It's not the picture
that you see on TV with the domes and the flowers that cover
the pulpit. That's only what you can see on the outside. But a
lot of those ministers go through hell on the inside.
They go through Gethsemane. They feel like giving up like
you do. But then it's like Jeremiah when he said, "It was like
fire shut up in my bones." He said, "I couldn't stay there. I
couldn't stay in my depression. I couldn't stay there. I had to
get up and go on to the next location that He has for me."
When we go through our garden of Gethsemane, we need our
friends around. We need saints around us. Contrary to
popular opinion, we need each other. (Tongues.) I need you,
and you need me. That's why when Jesus told them to watch
and pray, watch while He went to pray, those were His friends
But when He came back to check on them, His friends were
asleep. And then He went back again and came back again.
And His friends were asleep again. Then He went back and
came back again. And they were asleep again. And He said,
"Sleep on." He had even told them, "The spirit is willing, but
the flesh is weak." He was even concerned even at His time
of burden for them being tempted in the hour of temptation.
What kind of friend are you? If you ask your friend to watch
your back and they don't watch it, are you going to cut them
off? Jesus didn't. He said, "Sleep on." He understands what
it means to be a real friend. He was trying to teach them
something. Friends mess up sometimes. Hello, somebody. If
I mess up on you, that doesn't mean I'm not your friend.
They messed up on Him three times. And Jesus still told
them to, "Come on and go with Me."
Many of us, a friend can mess up on us one time and that's it.
Ain't got nothing else to do with you. It's tight, but it's right
and it's real. Because that's how we are. But Jesus told them,
He said, "Sleep on."
The longer we live, the more we'll know the value of real
friends. Now don't get me wrong. There are those that
pretend to be a friend and they're snakes in disguise. But
that's when the spirit of discernment kicks in. Do you hear
what I'm saying? They can be a Christian and still have a
snake in them. They haven't been delivered yet. They still
have that corporate mentality to cut the throat.
Saints, He was concerned about His friends when He was the
one going through. The natural mind can't even comprehend
that. I'm the one going through. You're supposed to be
helping me. Do you hear me tonight?
When you are going through your Gethsemane, you're going
to get so in tune with the Spirit of God if you respond right,
that Satan won't be able to bring anything your way, that you
won't recognize it for what it is.
Many of us when we're going through Gethsemane, we're
struggling there. Jesus struggled there. Sometimes when you
get ready to pray, the burdens can be on you so intensely that
you're struggling to pray. There's nothing wrong with that.
Every now and then you will struggle in prayer. But Jesus
wasn't struggling on whether or not to obey God.
See, most of us when we're going through our garden of
Gethsemane, our thought is not like Jesus. But we're trying
to struggle with whether or not I should do the Word or not.
That wasn't His struggle. He was struggling in prayer
because He didn't want to be separated from God.
When Jesus hung on the cross and He said (listen), "It is
finished," He was separated from His Father. That's what
Jesus was struggling with. He already knew the plan. The
plan was redemption. He was alright with that. That's why
grace costs so much. He had to be separated from His Father.
He took on the sins of the world. And God couldn't look at
sin. And that's why He was separated. And He was
struggling with that.
Saints of God, when you're in the garden of Gethsemane,
don't struggle with whether or not to be obedient with the
Word. Don't do that. Be obedient to the Word. If you're
struggling, so be it. But don't let your struggle be against the
Word of God.
When the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they
fought against God every step of the way. But when they got
to Canaan, there was a change that was made. They didn't
fight with God any more. They fought alongside with God.
Saints of God tonight, we can hurt so bad that it seems like we
can't pray. But Luke eighteen and one tells us to pray and not
to faint. The key to going through pain, number one, is to
acknowledge that God is in control. And number two is to
remember that though I'm going through this thing, there's a
limitation in time that He's going to allow me to go through
it. And there's a limit to the intensity of the pain that He's
going to allow me to feel.
He won't give us more than what we can bear. Remember
that. There's going to be a limitation in the time. And also
there is going to be a limitation in the intensity of the pain.
But let me close with this. He loves us enough to let us hurt.
Come on, give God a handclap of praise.