If you are reading this now it might be possible that you are feeling rather vulnerable or even possibly defeated. I trust that you may be encouraged in your reading as God does the most and often the best things in such a place that you find yourself now. For so often our victory is found in the midst of our greatest defeats.
It was in the Garden that our Lord faced such a place of vulnerability and almost certain defeat as He had to go to the cross as mortal man and not as Jesus the Lord. It was in this that he had His doubts hence his prayer "Lord if it is possible let this cup pass from me.....but.....not my will be done but your will be done. In this "but" stage before Jesus was able to come to a place of relinquishment he sweated blood and asked his disciples three times for prayer. Such was the place of anguish of His own heart.
He did however find a place of comfort in His struggle as He said, "Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me" The rod of humble submission and the staff of blind obedience were His two greatest comforters in the Garden.
We know though that Jesus found the victory needed in the midst of the anguish of the defeat experienced as after the Garden it is recorded that He said "I go to the cross as joy set before me", I believe He was able to say this as He knew he already had the victory and to the cross as mortal man He could go.
I trust that you may find courage in this small reminder and that is assists you once again to encourage yourself in Him for at times we will find ourselves perplexed but never truly crushed.
Sometimes our greatest victories are found in our greatest defeats.