What is God’s plan for me?
“The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so.“
Submission can be giving up a dream, plan, or idea of success. It can also be giving up a tangible, physical item or thing you control and letting God control it instead. These tangible things that God has asked me to submit before? Coffee. Spending. Sleeping in. Coffee. Food. And even coffee.
Whenever our “flesh” is in charge, the Spirit is not. By “flesh” I mean our human nature or thought life that struggles to choose what is right. If I choose when to eat, how to spend my money, and when to drink coffee without ever consulting God, then I am not submitted. When God asks you to give up areas that are controlled by the flesh, you will know it right away. How? Because, like the verse says, you will feel “hostile toward God” the minute He asks you to give it up.
1.) Identify one thing you already know you keep from God. What would it look like to give that over to Him? What keeps you from trusting Him with it?
2.) Pray for God to reveal another area. This could be something you never saw coming! God knows the deepest desires of your heart, and He can see into it better than we can. Write down whatever He reveals, and ask yourself the same questions from #1 above.
3.) Fast. The biblical definition of fasting is specific to food, but submission often requires abstaining from whatever has captured our allegiance. Ask God what He would like you to give up,and for how long. It could something as simple as coffee during your prayer time, or something as big as lunch every day for a week. Share with your group what God said to you.