Well, are we ready to drink of the cup? will we when the time comes be able to summon up the strength and the faith and the courage and also the love and understanding to even think about `the cup` let alone drink its` contents?  So,         what is this `cup`?  Fair question, for any true Christian it should be the cup that Jesus Christ had to drink of as mentioned in  Matthew 20: 22. and He asks...`are you able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of?...`  At the moment, a lot of  the bretheren of the true Christian churches of this world have been hesitating and holding the cup to their lips for years, they have been meaning to drink but courage has failed them at the last second. They must ask themselves, have they really considered that the day may not be too far away now when they will be required, by God the Father, to drink its` contents no matter what they may be?  So, when the time does arrive, will the contents of our cup be sweet in the mouth and eternally bitter in the belly, or bitter in the mouth and forever sweet in the belly?  Does God expect us to down the contents of this cup, at the very first thought of us doing so, or should we be calm and considerate in the approach to what, after all, is to be a defining chapter in the book of our lives, but let`s remember, having made the decision to drink then we must not hesitate.  Let`s try and get some perspective on the situation,  let`s look firstly at  Psalm 40: 6. it states...`Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, my ears have You opened, burned offering and sin offering have You not required.` and now let`s have a read of  Matthew 10: 16-18. `Behold I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves, be you therefore as wise as serpents but harmless as doves. But beware of men because they will deliver you up to the authorities and they will scourge you in their synagogues and you will be brought before governers and kings for My sake for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.`    Does God the Father not only expect us all to drink of the cup that Jesus Christ, His Son, drank of but also to suffer ALL of  the same consequences of drinking from that cup? It would appear, from the reading of the scriptures, that Jesus did not insist that any of His disciples would have to drink from `His` cup and thus suffer the exactly the same things as He would suffer, for instance, we have the example of James and John, which I touched on in part as the first scripture in this message so let`s have a further look at it in  Matthew 20: 20-23. ` Then came to Him the mother of Zebedee`s children with her sons, worshipping Him and desiring a certain thing of Him. And He said to her, what will you? and she asks of Him, grant that my two sons may sit, the one on Your left hand and the other on Your right in Your kingdom.  But Jesus replied, you do not know what you are asking of me, and He said to them, are you able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of and also be baptized with the baptism that I am to be baptized with?`  In verse 24. we can continue to read about how displeased the rest of the disciples were with James and John over this but nowhere can we read that they all then started clamouring to drink of this same cup, nor indeed, so it would appear, was this cup ever offered to them, at this time, in their turn.  Nevertheless, we true christians do have a cup to partake of, and the ingredients of this cup are to be mostly, of our own making. If we manage to `overcome this world` (not necessarily always succeeding but always trying)  if we can turn away from evil, resist temptation, overcome fleshly lusts and the cares and the wants of this material world, then we begin to fill our cup with wholesome and ultimately palatable ingredients which we add to daily, in other words when we finally drink of the cup we will eventually reap that which we     
Are you Ready to Drink of The Cup?
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