He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, ‘O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.’ – Mat. 26:39 nkjv
For God’s perfect will to manifest in our lives, we must surrender and submit our own will to His. This battle between the flesh and the spirit is often the most challenging because of its intensity. There’s a constant tug-of-war until we reach the pivotal moment when the conflict is ultimately overcome. Once we reach this victory, subsequent struggles with the flesh become easier to handle.
Aligning our will with God’s is crucial for navigating the storms of life. Our Lord was able to endure the cross because He had already triumphed in the Garden of Gethsemane. It was there He agonized, expressing His desire for the cup to pass, yet ultimately submitting to the Father’s will.
We attain our victories in the same manner. We may want or don’t want to do this or that, but nevertheless, we chose to follow His will. This nevertheless attitude of our heart leads to greater blessings. As we yield more to the Lord, His grace, peace, love, and perfect plan increasingly operate in our lives. Nevertheless doesn’t imply settling for less of the best, but less of us for more of Him, from glory to glory!