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The Power Of Submission

By Don Loftis | 08.15.12

As Jesus entered into Gethsemane, His spirit was in deep conflict.  His love for humanity knew the value of the cross, but His own humanity knew the real price of the cross.  As our Lord’s sweat mixed with blood, He said, “Abba! Father!  All things are possible for You; remove this cup from Me; yet not what I will, but what you will.” (Mk. 14:36).   Jesus’ submission to His father poses a challenge for us to demonstrate the same submission in our spiritual lives.

 

The difficulty of submission is two-fold.  First, we tend to be selfish people.  We want things our way so that our perceived needs will always be met.  In addition, our pride tries to convince all around us that our way must be best.  Submission puts the desires and methods of others above our own.

 

The Bible presents a consistent story of the success that comes through bending our will to God’s.  Moses became a great leader, when he gave up his arsenal of excuses.  Isaiah concluded, “Here am I, send Me,” and God used him as a great prophetic voice to Israel.  John the Baptist knew that he had to decrease so that Jesus could increase.  The apostle Paul was convinced he should do mission work in Asia, but what a great work he had when the Lord sent him to Philippi.

 

Where are we in terms of submission to God?  Are we fighting God?  Do we complain about our situation?  Are we worried about the outcome?  We really need to read His Word, be open to His will, and trust His plans.

 


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