People are always wanting to know the will of God. Most pastors try to set their congregations straight on this subject by preaching ‘how to’ messages. The emphasis generally is on following inner feelings and impressions. So we put our energy into a project because we feel it is God’s will. “I prayed,” we say. “And I feel good about it.” Then the project fails. Was God wrong? Not at all. Our discernment was wrong. Our personal feelings were mistaken for the will of God.
Then we fall back on Romans 6:13. In the KJV it commands, “Yield yourselves unto God.” We believe this text commands some inner mystical action which is supposed to open a special voice channel to God. We then follow our own inner impressions down a blind alley. We confuse our own emotions with the voice of God.
So what does it mean to yield to God? The command to yield is really quite simple. When you see a traffic sign which says, ‘Yield,’ certain actions are required. You must slow down and allow other traffic to go ahead of you. In other words, to yield requires obedience. The same is true with regard to God. When God says, “do all things without grumbling or disputing” (Philippians 2:14), what does God want? He wants us to yield to this command. He expects obedience! We do not need mystical impressions to guide us. Most of these impressions do not come from God! First of all, we need simple obedience to the commands given to us by God in the Bible! Then we can be sure we are following Him! As the old gospel song says, “Trust and obey for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.”
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