June 24 Submission to God

Scripture reading: Philippians 2:1–11

Key verse: Psalm 51:10

Create in me a clean heart, O God,

And renew a steadfast spirit within me.

In Beyond Ourselves, Catherine Marshall writes of spiritual renewal:

One morning I was particularly discouraged. I was caught between all my blessings: A wonderful husband, three lovely children at home and a fourth in and out, a big new house, and my daily writing. I was, quite frankly, exhausted.

So once more we took the situation to God … “Lord, we’ve tried everything we can think of. Every road has seemed a dead end … Tell us what it is.”

God showed her that she was “dictating the terms” of her life: “A thought stabbed me. What if—for this period of my life—I was supposed to give up the writing? Immediately this possibility brought tears. Why should I have to relinquish something which I had from the beginning dedicated to God and something from which I also got such intense satisfaction?”

Resolutely she submitted her desires to God: “Though my emotions were in stark rebellion, I knew that sooner or later they would fall into line. When the relinquishment was complete, the breakthrough occurred.”

The way to a renewed mind is the way of submission. When you submit your desires to Christ, He transforms your will and prepares you for a great blessing.

I submit to You, Lord. Transform my will and prepare me for Your blessings.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2002). Seeking His face (p. 183). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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