For His anger lasts only a moment,
but His favor lasts a lifetime;
weeping may stay for the night,
but rejoicing comes in the morning.
These past 2 months can be summed up in one emotional journey: Yielding. It is a highway of making choices in every aspect of living, both in the secular and spiritual realm. Be it food choices, behavioral choices, work choices, spiritual choices, it all involves the complex dimension of the stress-strain curves of yielding.
Interestingly, the devotion today involves this complex dimension of yielding. It is taken from Oswald Chambers ‘My Utmost for His Highest’ and it speaks to my own heart and soul and mind and I feel I must share this with you today.
The first thing I must be willing to admit when I begin to examine what controls and dominates me is that I am the one responsible for having yielded myself to whatever it may be. If I am a slave to myself, I am to blame because somewhere in the past I yielded to myself. Likewise, if I obey God, I do so because at some point in my life I yielded myself to Him.
If a child gives in to selfishness, he will find it to be the most enslaving tyranny on earth. There is no power within the human soul itself that is capable of breaking the bondage of the nature created by yielding. For example, yield for one second to anything in the nature of lust, and although you may hate yourself for having yielded, you become enslaved to that thing. (Remember what lust is— “I must have it now,” whether it is the lust of the flesh or the lust of the mind.) No release or escape from it will ever come from any human power, but only through the power of redemption. You must yield yourself in utter humiliation to the only One who can break the dominating power in your life, namely, the Lord Jesus Christ.
When you yield to something, you will soon realize the tremendous control it has over you. Even though you say, “Oh, I can give up that habit whenever I like,” you will know you can’t. You will find that the habit absolutely dominates you because you willingly yielded to it. It is easy to sing, “He will break every fetter,” while at the same time living a life of obvious slavery to yourself. But yielding to Jesus of Nazareth will break every kind of slavery in any person’s life.
This is the central message of the Cross of Christ. I struggle every day because of this hidden dimension of yielding to self that is hidden below the waterline. If I can totally learn to surrender all to Jesus of Nazareth, I know and believe that love, joy, peace and prosperity of the spirit, soul, body and mind will be the ultimate fruit of living for Christ and dying to self.