I know when we hear the word “yield” we go on autopilot and think to submit. Yielding can be challenging. We are naturally prone to self-preservation.
In essence, we gravitate to doing what we want, when and how we want. We don't want to do anything that will make us accountable to someone else.
Yielding basically is giving someone the right of way
Continuing the series on Prayer, the P.R.A.Y.E.R. acronym word this week as you may have guessed is “Yield”. Yielding basically is giving someone the right of way.
We yield when we come to a sign at an intersection. We may not want to for whatever reason, but we know it's the right thing to do. Yielding at an intersection prevents us from going straight through into a collision.
The same holds true with God. When we yield, it will prevent us from a collision course of making wrong decisions. There are several great benefits to doing this.
7 Great Reasons to Yield to the Holy Spirit
- Allows you to be fully used by God for His purpose. –
Romans 6:13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
- He will teach you everything you need to know about Christ. – John 14:26 – But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.
- He will give you the ability to say the right thing at the right time. – Mark 13:11- But when they arrest you and deliver you up, do not worry beforehand, or premeditate what you will speak. But whatever is given you in that hour, speak that; for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit.
- As we yield, our prayers will be answered. –
Deuteronomy 10:10 (TLB)- “As I said before, I stayed on the mountain before the Lord for forty days and nights the second time, just as I had the first, and the Lord again yielded to my pleas and didn’t destroy you.
- He will give you wisdom. – James 3:17 – But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.
- He will help you in your time of weakness. – Romans 8:26 – Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
- He lives within us. – Daniel 4:8 – But at last Daniel came before me (his name is Belteshazzar, according to the name of my god; in him is the Spirit of the Holy God); Isaiah 63:11 – Then he remembered the days of old, Moses and his people, saying: “Where is He who brought them up out of the sea with the shepherd of His flock? Where is He who put His Holy Spirit within them…
We see that the benefits of submitting to the Holy Spirit far are outweigh anything else. He always has our best interests at heart.