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“The Apostle Paul also urgently advises us to resist submitting mindlessly to “the affairs of this life” (2 Timothy 2:4). Fruitful effort in Christ depends on forcing the demands of this life to be subservient to our greater work in Christ. Avoid anything that disturbs union with the Lord.” (Dynamis 7/27/2018)

“Although it is quite bewildering and counterintuitive, as we are submissive to God and His ways amid our weaknesses (including our death to self), we are growing spiritual muscles and becoming strong.” (Marlena Graves)

“Trusting self more than God is a recipe for bondage and torment though we often don’t see it or experience it that way because we don’t know any better. Submitting to and trusting in God is the way of liberation and inner peace but we seem to have trouble making this choice. It’s almost as if we have to be broken completely before we are able to do so.” (Sacramental Living Blog)

“Many forces oppose us whenever we seek to draw closer to Christ. Perhaps the most difficult aspect of this battle takes place within ourselves as we endeavor to submit our every choice and action to the Lord...the only freedom we have is to say, “Thy will be done,” or “My will be done.” So our free choice is to want the Lord’s will...For at the moment we submit our freedom to God, we become truly free..." (Dynamis 5/17/2014, Albert S. Rossi, Abbot Tryphon)

"Go, cast your powerlessness before God and you shall find rest.” (St. Poemen of Egypt)

“Every Christian undergoes a lifelong series of surrenders which wean us away from the material-centered life into which we were born and reshape us into persons wholly submitted to Christ our God.” (OCPM 5/2/2017)

“Many forces oppose us whenever we seek to draw closer to Christ. Perhaps the most difficult aspect of this battle takes place within ourselves as we endeavor to submit our every choice and action to the Lord. Sustaining this interior struggle to attain union with God is what Christ, in this passage, calls “abiding” in His word.” (OCPM 5/13/2017)

“The life of moral perfection, according to our Bible and the Fathers of the Church, is a call to a life in Christ, that is, a Christ-like life…a life of commitment to the Lord, and a complete submission to his will. One lives only to do everything for Christ's sake, as Christ wants it and as Christ would do it.” (George C. Papademetriou)

“To have a pure heart, we must submit all thoughts to the authority of Christ.” (Max Lucado)

“In Romans 8:7–8, St. Paul says that, in its natural state, the human mind is echthra, literally “enmity” or hatefulness toward God, and then adds, “It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so.” At the core of the human heart is an impulse that says, ‘No one tells me what to do’…According to the Bible, the evil of the world ultimately stems from the self-centeredness, self-righteousness, and self-absorption of every human heart." (Pastor Timothy Keller)

“The Lord wishes to tear us away from the comfort of a nominal relationship with Him. Salvation from Christ is a great mercy, but it requires our complete submission…Submission is the essence of life in Christ.” (Dynamis 9/26/2014, 12/6/2012)

“It is essential to understand that submission is not surrender, withdrawal, or apathy. It does not mean inferiority, because God created all people in his image and all have equal value. Submission is mutual commitment and cooperation...Jesus Christ, although equal with God the Father, submitted to him to carry out the plan for salvation.” (Life Application Study Bible, 1 Corinthians 11:3)

"Submitting to another person is an often misunderstood concept. It does not mean becoming a doormat. Christ—at whose name"every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth” (Philippians 2:10)—submitted his will to the Father, and we honor Christ by following his example.” (Life Application Study Bible, Ephesians 5:21-22)

“As Christians, we do not act in isolation or follow our own will. Christians from the time of the disciples submit themselves to God and to each other, and are sent by the Church. This being sent and being responsible to the Church protects us from self-delusion and egocentrism.” (Bishop John Abdalah)

"In your heart is your faith an opinion to which you subscribe, or a reality to which you submit?" (Joseph Pearce)

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