This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh (Galatians 5:16 KJV)
Do you want to walk intimately with God, know Him deeply, and experience fully His presence and power in your life? If you do, the secret lies in this one word: yield. At least three fundamental truths are encapsulated in the term yield: surrendering, trusting, and following.
The first step to yielding to the Spirit is surrendering our will to Him. When we surrender, we choose to do what He wants, even if His will contracts what we want. We surrender to God in love, knowing He loves us so deeply, more than we love ourselves; therefore, He wants our best, and we will be happiest when we do what He wants. No other Christian action is more important—and more difficult— than giving Him our will.
Once surrendered, we yield further to the Spirit by trusting in His abilities rather than ours. Few things will quench God’s power or activity in our lives than our own efforts. It is truly not by might, nor by power, but by the Spirit of God. You yield to the Spirit when you depend on His wisdom and power to do what He wants you to do.
Last but not least, yielding to the Spirit is following His leadership. He leads the way—how we should act, behave, speak or minister, and we follow. His primary method of leading us is His Word, the Bible. His Word stored in your heart is His primary tool to lead your character and ministry. He can also use other methods, such as the gifts of the Spirit or godly counsel. Whatever the method, we yield to Him whenever we follow what He tells us to do.
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What are three critical truths discussed above that explain the meaning of yielding to the Spirit?
Apply the Word
What would you do with what you have just read above? Would you yield to the Spirit today? What aspect of the three truths discussed above is working and what is not working? Progressively yield more and more to Him, and your life will glow with God’s glory.
Ask the Father to help you become willing to yield to Him.