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Day 3 – How Miserable Will I Be if I Yield to the Lord Jesus?

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O LORD, truly I am thy servant; I am thy servant… 

Psalms 116:16 kjv

  Today I’m not only seeking God’s will during my prayer life, but seeking to “yield” myself entirely  to the Lord —  to  give up my own will. [caption id="attachment_4015" align="alignright" width="177"]How miserable will I be if I yield to the Lord Jesus? How miserable will I be if I yield to the Lord Jesus?[/caption] We can’t really have both wills at once…and be truly yielded to our Heavenly Father.  So many times we choose our own will.

We lose!

We’re the one that misses out on the blessings that could have been ours when we hold on to our own will.  I’ve been guilty myself so many times. Yield means:  To give way; to allow another to pass first. We need to let our Heavenly Father have first place in our lives.  Let Him choose first what’s best for us.  Let His priorities have precedence over ours. David saw himself as a servant of the Lord.  That’s an act of humility, but it was also an act of yielding his life to be of service to God.

Being a servant is not to be confused with being a slave.

Servant means:  One who is hired to perform regular household or other duties, and receives compensation. As opposed to a slave. Slave means: A person who is legally obliged by prior contract (oral or written) to work for another, with contractually limited rights to bargain; As a servant of God, we receive compensation!   He showers us with so many blessings. Oh, so many of us are missing out on all that could be ours! So many Christians these days are unhappy.  They have no joy.  This isn’t due to their life circumstances.  Everyone has trials and conflicts.  It’s due to the fact that they haven’t yielded themselves to God’s will during their circumstances. We have to understand that God is still in control during the storms of our life.   When we yield to God’s will in our life (even when He allows the storms to come in), it brings peace and joy.  A joy that the world doesn’t understand.

“Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the LORD.”  Psalms 144:15

Some people are afraid that if they give their life to the Lord there will be little left of their own life.  In reality, it’s the total opposite.  We have a more abundant life.  This is only made miraculously possible by our Heavenly Father.

Day 3

Pray and ask the Lord to help you totally yield yourself to His will.  Our own flesh will often battle this, but with the power of the Holy Spirit, who lives within us, it’s made possible.  Just ask!  Keep asking!  Ask whenever your flesh begins to fight.

“And Joshua said unto the people, Sanctify yourselves: for tomorrow the LORD will do wonders among you.” ~ Joshua 3:5

Sanctify means:  To free from sin; to purify. In yielding to the Lord, so that He can do mighty wonders in your life, we have to be free from sin.  Yes, we’re still sinners since we’re still living in our earthly flesh, but we’re not to continue living in sin.  We have to ask our Heavenly Father to forgive us and ask for help to have victory over that sin.  We have to do whatever it takes to not commit that sin again.  That’s true repentance. Too many ask forgiveness knowing full well that tomorrow they’re going to dive right back in again.  That’s not true repentance…nor living a sanctified life. Here’s some more quotes from Mark Batterson’s book
“All of us want to do amazing things for God, but that isn’t our job; it is God’s job.” “If we do our job, God will do His job.  If we consecrate ourselves to God, amazing things will happen.” “We try to do things for God instead of letting God to things for us.” “We need to work like it depends on us, but we also need to pray like it depends on God.” “There is a fear that if we give more of ourselves to God, there will be less of us left, but it’s the exact opposite.  It’s not until we die to self that we truly come alive.” “If we give more of ourselves to God, God will give more of Himself to us”

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