Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Shepastor: “Settling the Lordship Question”

Sign Posts For Life: “Yield”

Romans 12: 1-2 (God’s Word Translation)

1Brothers and sisters, in view of all we have just shared about God's compassion, I encourage you to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, dedicated to God and pleasing to him. This kind of worship is appropriate for you. 2Don't become like the people of this world. Instead, change the way you think. Then you will always be able to determine what God really wants-what is good, pleasing, and perfect.

When does it mean to “Yield?” Why is it important to yield in traffic? How does the term “yield” apply to Christians in day to day life? The term yield means to “give, surrender.” Investments, whether financial or crops yield produce. In order for investments to grow or crops to yield produce, both go through a surrendering of sorts. Investments are determined by the owner and or stock broker who moves monies around based upon the conditions of the market. Crops yield or produce fruit or grain based upon the tilling of the ground, the fertilization process, the irrigation process and harvesting.

The above mentioned entities have no say. We, however must choose to yield, surrender, obey. Our produce is dependent upon our choice in the matter.

Pride and self-centerdness can keep us from obeying God’s yield sign. A desire to rush ahead can keep us from obeying God’s yield sign. Disgust over “traffic” in our lives can cause us to ignore God’s yield sign.

What hinders you from yielding to God’s will?

Romans 12:2 states, “Don’t become like the people of this world. Instead, change the way you think.” (God’s Word Translation) To increase your willingness to yield to God, ask yourself the following questions…

Who is really the LORD of your life?

- Have I ever really surrendered my life to Jesus Christ as Lord and yielded myself to Him?
- Am I willing to do God’s will in any situation no matter what?
- Are my motives affected by pride? Am I unwilling to do something “beneath” me?
- Are my motives affected by self-centered attitudes? Am I placing my desires above God?

Surrender is the most important step in the process of hearing God. It “demystifies” the process of discerning His will.

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Until next Wednesday
In Faith, Hope and Perseverance,
Pastor Chris

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