“All men make mistakes, but a good man yields when he knows his course is wrong, and repairs the evil. The only crime is pride.”
― Sophocles, Antigone
“To submit isn’t to be forced. It’s to yield to a force greater than your own, in order to become part of the whole.”
― Dianna Hardy, Cry Of The Wolf
Recently, I had the privilege to watch a message on living a surrendered life that is to God by Dr. Charles Stanley. His sermon inspired me to write this blog post and so I am led by my thoughts to write on the same topic, as it is something not many Christians are talking about right now – and it is an important aspect to the Christian life.
“To yield readily–easily–to the persuasion of a friend is no merit…. To yield without conviction is no compliment to the understanding of either.”
― Jane Austen
Are you able to say that your life is yielding to God?
Many folks testify about their beliefs, but that’s easy. It’s one thing to say “I believe in what the Bible teaches from Genesis all the way through to Revelation,” it’s something different to be completely surrendered to God. It’s one thing to emphasize my beliefs in the Bible, but it’s something different to yield my ‘everything‘ to God – entirely!
To surrender is not easy, it’s the giving up of my rights as an individual.
Have you ever noticed how we ask God for forgiveness, but we will continue to struggle with the same thing afterwards?
It’s something else to say to God “I surrender this thing that I am struggling with to you,” leaving it in His hands. It is about surrendering yourself to God with no materialistic and worldly attachments. Giving everything away for the Will of God.
Read Luke 22:42.
Jesus had to deal with surrendering His will to the Father’s will, “not my will, but Your will.” For a General that means defeat, for a follower of Jesus that means absolute victory.
Many folks will say that they are surrendered to God, but not many of them truly are surrendered to His will. There’s very few people able to say, “I yield my will to You, Father!“
Not many people are anchored in the eternal life that God has in store for us, not many folks are anchored to God. The majority of people are anchored to something else.
The real question is actually; if you don’t have Jesus what do you have? You see, because when you breathe your last breath the only thing that matters is your relationship with Jesus Christ.
It’s one thing to say that I have received salvation, it’s quite another thing to live a yielding life to God.
Yielded: We are willing to confess, repent, walk away, give it up and lay it down.
Know that you are on my thoughts as I enter prayer!