We live in a post-modern world. One of the pieces of evidence is the emphasis made by many on mystical experiences involving inner impressions. Many people seek such impressions; they believe they come from God. The great seventeenth-century evangelist, George Whitefield, followed such impressions. Whitefield had the distinct impression his son would also be a great preacher. The son died. Obviously, this impression was not from God.
Too often we are told to yield to such impressions. This is how we yield to God. However, Romans 6:13 says, “Yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.” What does it really mean to yield to God? Yielding to God does not involve inner mystical experiences. Yielding to God refers to our actions. We yield to God’s commands. We obey God. When you see a YIELD sign on the highway, you obey by slowing down. The same word is translated “present” in Romans 12:1, “Present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God.” You present your body to God by obeying His word given in the Bible. As the gospel song says, “Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey.” As the Bible says, “Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice” (1 Samuel 15:22).
To help you understand this devotion better, click here and listen to a sermon called: “Yielding to God or Impressions.”