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.