Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? (Romans 6:16 KJV)
The Holy Spirit is God’s Person, Presence and Power at work in and through us today to make the Christian life and ministry work. If you desire to know the depths of intimacy with God, His presence and His power, then learn how to operate with the Holy Spirit. So how do I cooperate or yield to the Spirit?
The verb “to yield” as used above means to make yourself available. The Holy Spirit as a Person lives in us and expresses Himself as us only if we let Him do. There are three key truths behind the word “yield” that I will summarize here.
The first is the surrender of our will. This simply means coming to the place where we are willing to do what God wants rather than what we want. This is the greatest need in the Church today. The one thing God wants most from us is not our tithe, time, strength, etc. He wants us to surrender our will to Him. The second truth in yielding is trust or depending on Him. Learn to count on His abilities and not ours. It matters. The third truth in yielding is that we follow the Spirit as He leads us. We do not ask Him to follow us where we want Him to go but we follow Him as He leads. Yield to the Spirit daily.
Read more: What does it mean to die to self?
What are three key truths discussed in the devotional above that explains the meaning of yielding to the Spirit?
Apply the Word
If you yield to the Spirit, the glory of God will be revealed in your life. If you take charge of your own affairs, there will be struggles, failures, disappointments and headaches. The Spirit wants you to yield to Him. It might appear frightful outwardly, but as you do, you will enjoy the beauties of heaven until it overflows.
Ask the Spirit to help you become willing to yield to Him.