Philippians 2:1-11

Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10

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.

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