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‘He went a little farther, and falling on His face, He prayed, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me. Nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.”’ (Matthew 26:39)
The key word in the verse above is ‘nevertheless’. Jesus presented His request to God; He had His own will, but in that moment, He submitted it to the will of the Father.
We all have aspirations, but we need to learn to always submit our will to God’s. It’s a matter of intelligence. God knows everything. He knows what is best for us. He doesn’t make wrong choices. So, it only makes sense to allow His will to be sovereign.
Sometimes you want things to be done your own way. For example, you may have had your eye on a particular person as a potential partner. But have you stopped to ask God if that is who He wants you to be with?
God sees what we cannot see. We tend to behave like stubborn teenagers when we want our will to be done.
‘We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.’ (Romans 8:28)
If you are serving God, then believe in His will. He loves you!
The devil has been taking advantage of our spiritual immaturity to interfere in God’s perfect plan for our lives. God sometimes allows us to face unpleasant circumstances in order to shape, mould, correct and teach us.
The best university is the ‘desert’. It is in moments of hardship that we learn how to trust. Certain things that are happening in your life right now are happening for a reason. We have to trust in God; otherwise, we will just become frustrated and the devil will use that opportunity to fill our mind with lies.
God’s will is confirmed in His word. For example, if you are sick, there is a promise in His word that He wants you to be healed. When you don’t understand what His will is for you, present a request on the altar, making sure that it is in line with His will.
Bishop. Alvaro Lima