9th, November 2016
Romans 6:19 (AMPC)
I am speaking in familiar human terms because of your natural limitations [your spiritual immaturity]. For as you yielded your bodily members [your abilities, your talents and faculties] as servants to impurity and ever increasing lawlessness, so now yield your bodily members [your abilities, your talents and faculties] once for all as servants to righteousness (right being and doing) [which leads] to holiness.
The new creature in Christ is designed to be exactly like Jesus. He has no desires for sin or evil whatsoever because the sin nature has been destroyed and he has the mind of Christ. He is the definition of perfect, because that was exactly what the Father had in mind when He (the Father) made him (the new creature). However, despite this truth, we see the Apostle Paul admonishing the addressed in this letter not to yield to sin but rather to yield to righteousness. In his own words, he found this charge needful because of the spiritual immaturity of the people he was addressing.
Taking the same line with Apostle Paul, we shall be looking at how to yield to the Holy Spirit and we shall be drawing answers from the experience of yielding to sin. It is common knowledge that ever before an individual (a sinner) commits a big crime, he/she must have started from something smaller; before he was a bank robber or a fraudster, he was already stealing a few changes, picking up what doesn’t belong to him, inflating prices when sent on errands, saw nothing wrong in cheating others of ten naira, etc. It always starts small and then grows into something big until the big evil deeds becomes so normal to that individual and almost impossible to stop. If he had been stopped in his tracks when he just began, he most likely would not end up a bank robber or a fraudster. The same applies for every other sin (sinful habit), it starts by yielding in the little things and soon its victim is in cruise control, doing the big things he never thought he would do and he cannot stop himself.
Even so, in yielding to the Holy Spirit, it all begins with yielding in the little things. We must first be yielded in the simple things of life if we would be yielded in the ‘greater’ things of life. If we resist the leading of the spirit in the little things, then we would never experience absolute dependence on Him. The Holy Spirit is our teacher and one of the things He teaches is how to be yielded or submissive. Sometimes when people choose to do things their own way and things turn out well, they feel all is well or assume it was not the Holy Spirit telling them to do it in another fashion. Other than the fact that they might have just missed getting a greater result, they have failed in their yielding /submission training. If we cannot follow the leading of the Holy Spirit when little or nothing is at stake, we can never follow the leading of the Holy Spirit when everything or so much is at stake. If you don’t trust His judgment in little things, how would you trust His judgment when it comes to matters of life and death? David was trained in the wilderness to face Goliath; if he had not trusted God in his confrontation with a bear and a lion, he certainly would not have attempted facing Goliath with a sling and few stones, even though He was destined to win that battle.
Stop waiting for the ‘big’ ones, start yielding in the little things! Take the route He tells you, clean your shoes, even if there’s no dust on it, if He asks you to. Experience absolute submission by first yielding in the little things!!
I am a new creature in Christ, designed to be dependent on and submissive to the Spirit. I choose this day to be a yielded vessel in the hand of the Holy Spirit. I choose to be yielded in all things; yea even the seemingly little things. Glory!!
Luke 16: 10 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.
Extracted from our Daily walk of perfection(December 2016). Get this months devotional at: https://iiconlinestore.biz/index.php?route=product/category&path=68