"Submitting to God"

Immediately after Jesus' baptism and the announcement of his public ministry, Jesu found himself journeying through the wilderness, alone and vulnerable. Armed with nothing but the Scripture that he had buried in his heart, Jesus faced the enemy.

If the severity of our temptations is dependent upon the threat we pose to the forces of darkness, than we can rest assured that Christ's forty day trial & subsequent temptations were more than just a battle of words. This confrontation was, in fact, a full blown assault from the hellish overlord who sought to assault, undermine, and destroy Jesus' ministry before it even began.

Years later in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus was alone and vulnerable again. There he wrestled against his own desire to avoid that which his Father had planned since before the beginning of time. "Take this cup from me" he prayerfully pleaded. Yet he concluded this dark night of his soul with the strident affirmation, "Not my will but yours be done" (Luke 22:42)

Jesus' trial in the wilderness trained him well. He remains strong to this very day, empathizing with our weaknesses and strengthening us to say "Not my will Abba, but yours be done". This strengthening and power is made available to you by The Holy Spirit. All we need to do is to say "yes" to God and "no" to ourselves. When we submit to God in this way, evil flees and Kingdom breakthrough occurs!

And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness for forty days, being tempted by the devil. And he ate nothing during those days. And when they were ended, he was hungry. The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” And Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone.’” And the devil took him up and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time and said to him, “To you I will give all this authority and their glory, for it has been delivered to me, and I give it to whom I will. If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.” And Jesus answered him, “It is written,“‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.’” And he took him to Jerusalem and set him on the pinnacle of the temple and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, for it is written, “‘He will command his angels concerning you, to guard you,’ and
“‘On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.’” And Jesus answered him, “It is said, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’” (Luke 4:1-12)

"Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need." (Hebrews 4:14-16)