YIELD TOO

August 26, 2015

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A major factor in achieving holiness is fellowship with the Holy Spirit. The partnership of the believer and the indwelling Holy Spirit in all that is undertaken for God is absolutely essential to achieve the will of God. This in turn depends upon intimate fellowship between the Spirit and the believer. The entrance of rebellion and a continued state of being unyielded to the Holy Spirit will greatly harm and hinder the communication of the will of God and the power to accomplish it.

Like the alcoholic that hits rock bottom, God wants fellowship, you get to choose how that fellowship is initiated. If you read your bible you know that God is a jealous God, he will have no other gods come between you and him. You can be unyielded and reap years of wasted days, building nothing for your future in the kingdom to come, wood, hay and stubble or you can be found not wanting and hear “well done good and faithful servant.”

You can bend your knees or have God break your knees. Forget about all the talk about free will and God is like a warm blanket just pulled from the dryer; have you read the Old Testament that God has not gone away. As a Christian I do have grace and mercy and longsuffering, but God also wants to hear from me and have me depend on Him and not upon my own self.

It is because of this obvious requirement for achieving excellence in moral experience that the believer is exhorted in Ephesians 4:30, “Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, by whom ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.” This command directs our attention first of all to the fact that the Holy Spirit is a person who has intellect, sensibility (feeling), and will. The Holy Spirit has feelings and is sensitive to the presence of sin in the life of a believer. Rebellion against the direction of the Holy Spirit in the life constitutes an offense to His holy character and can result in great loss to the individual believer.

Grieving the Holy Spirit originates in quenching the Spirit or hindering the Spirit’s direction and empowering of the Christian life. When this is persisted in, it results in loss of intimate fellowship and the full ministry of the Spirit to the individual. He no longer is filled with the Spirit, empowered by the Spirit, or taught by the Spirit, and in various degrees is removed from the effective ministry of the Spirit to him. The result is that the Christian is thrown on his natural resources and may often act much like a person who is not a Christian.

The emotional life of the believer may have its ups and downs, quite apart from the matter of spiritual fellowship with the Holy Spirit, and physical weariness, discouraging experiences, and hunger or pain may affect the spiritual experience of the spiritual life. The long-range effects of walking without the Spirit’s direction and power, however, soon become evident both to the Christian and those who observe his life.

It is probably true that the great majority of Christians have in some measure grieved the Holy Spirit and are living on limited enablement in their spiritual life.

The decline of a person’s spiritual experience because of grieving the Holy Spirit does not affect his relationship to God in grace nor does it affect the certainty of his eternal salvation. Because a true believer is the object of divine grace, there is always the open door back into fellowship through confession of sin. According to 1 John 1:9, the remedy for having grieved the Holy Spirit is found in genuine confession of sin where the promise is given, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” This assurance and invitation is given in a book of the Bible dedicated to the revelation of fellowship with God and is directed immediately to Christians. Confession of sin on the part of an unsaved person would not in itself provide forgiveness or salvation. The text presumes that there is already a relationship to God in grace to which appeal can be made. The forgiveness is not a matter of law or legal obligation, but rather a relationship between a father and his child. Just as for unsaved people the exhortation is summed up in the word “believe,” so for the Christian who has grieved the Holy Spirit his obligation is summed up in the word “confess.”

It is obvious that confession must be genuine, it must be from the heart, and in the nature of the case it involves judging the sin as sin which has grieved the Holy Spirit. Confession by its very nature involves self-judgment as brought out in 1 Corinthians 11:31. The text according to1 John 1:9, however, assures the believer that upon confession he can be sure of forgiveness because God is faithful to His promise and just inasmuch as Christ has died for sin.

Confession is on the human side and reflects the adjustment that is necessary in human experience and personality to restore the marred fellowship with God. According to 1 John 2:1-2, it is clear that on the divine side the adjustment has been already made. Christ as the advocate of the believer has already interceded for him for, “He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world” (1 John 2:2). Inasmuch as the divine side is always in proper adjustment, a Christian out of fellowship is obligated to perform his own act of confession and by this means is able to be restored into close fellowship with the Lord.

The necessity of a close fellowship with the Holy Spirit through yieldedness of heart and confession of known sin is indispensable to achieving the moral excellence required for a life that is truly honoring to God. Christians are solemnly warned that those who trifle with their moral obligations may subject themselves to God’s own discipline. As illustrated in the Corinthian church, Christians are warned, “If we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world” (1 Cor 11:31-32). God permits His child time in which to evaluate his life, judge his sin, confess it and be restored into fellowship. Failure to do so, however, invites the chastening judgment of God. As was true in the Corinthian church, it is possible for Christians to suffer physical illness and even death as a result of failure to walk in fellowship with God and avail themselves of the open door of restoration. It is so unnecessary for Christians to suffer needlessly as brought out in 1 Peter 4:15 where Peter states, “Let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evil doer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters.”

I find it interesting that Word Perfect or Microsoft’s Word, dictionary does not recognize the words “yieldedness or unyielded” and that my friend is the ah-hah moment.

YIELD, PLEASE

God bless from scumlikeusuchurch@gmail.com

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