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In Touch - Feb. 18, 2008

In Touch Daily Devotional
by Dr. Charles Stanley

February 18, 2008 – Fully Submitted Philippians 2:6-8 

            Scripture says that Jesus Christ was “in very nature God” (Philippians 2:6 niv), yet He left heaven to become a man. Here on earth, He lived in full submission to His Father’s plans, with no restrictions or conditions. Jesus gave God complete control over everything He did and held nothing back—not even His life, which He sacrificed on the cross for our sake. 

            Jesus did this because He had perfect trust in the One who sent Him. For example, He knew that: everything is under the Father’s sovereign control, and no plan of His can be thwarted; God’s decisions are good, as they are based on divine love, mercy, and justice; God’s plans always take into account what is best for us, and His will is to lead us towards repentance, salvation, and spiritual growth. In addition, Jesus obeyed to bring glory to the Father’s name (John 17:4). 

            We are to live the same way—in unconditional surrender to God’s will. This means acknowledging that He has the right to order our lives—including finances, family, friends, and fun—and relinquishing control over these areas to Him. Now and again, we may have to let go of things we love. But at other times, we will receive rich blessings from His hand. 

            By submitting to God’s authority, we declare our trust in Him and our willingness to accept whatever He sends us—riches or poverty, health or sickness, marriage or singleness. Full submission is the only way to live a victorious Christian life. That’s how we glorify the Father, grow in Christlikeness, and receive the Lord’s favor.



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