Good morning people who learn the power and freedom of submission
Jesus had to submit His will to His Father’s will, which means, there were moments when His will was different to His Father’s will.
We want a removal of an opposing desire, but as we see from Jesus’ example, it is about submitting an opposing desire and saying NO to it, and about saying “Yes” to our Father’s desire.
Oh how this is so important to see clearly!
Too many times the enemy who is a thief throws accusations at us to do with opposing desires to God’s will.
Our struggle is “How could I want that if I love my Father!”
Jesus wanted something different (an easier, less painful way) to what His Father required. Sure, we put degrees on it and say, “Yeah, but that wasn’t a temptation to sin; a desire to do the wrong thing”.
No, in this case it wasn’t a desire to do something wrong…or was it? Isn’t sin ‘missing the mark’? And isn’t ‘missing the mark’ simply doing something different to Father’s perfect will?
If so, Jesus was tempted to sin in this moment, just like you and I are tempted at times. It might look different, but at its core, it is an opposing desire to Father’s will; that is a temptation to sin.
And this was not the only time Jesus was tempted to sin.
We are going to lean in more tomorrow, but today I want to encourage you to not condemn yourself for being tempted with an opposing desire to God’s desire. It’s what you do with that desire that is the important thing.