Because we live in a body contaminated by sin due to the fall of Adam, our flesh desires to do things contrary to the will and Word of God. When God says left, we want to go right. When God says don’t, we want to do. With this understanding, it requires strength to obey.

Jesus was even pressured to go against the will of God and He required strength to obey. Luke 22:42 “Father, if it is your will, take this cup [of suffering] away from me. However, your will must be done, not mine.” 43 Then an angel from heaven appeared to him and gave him strength.

If Jesus required strength to obey, we too need strength to do the will of the Father. So, how do we gain this strength? We let go of our desires and agenda and allow the Spirit of God to lead us. Philippians 2:13 says, for it is God who works in you to will and to act on behalf of His good pleasure.

Once we let go, the Spirit of God can give us step by step instructions of what we should do. The hardest part is letting go. Our desires seem so exciting or logical to our flesh, but they may not be what’s best overall. As we obey, our obedience positions us to operate at our maximum potential AND positions us to receive God’s best, giving us strength to obey again.