“I’m almost amused at how many processes we go through, skillsets we develop, leadership tools we accrue, labor intensive seasons we wade through… only to discover the key all along was YIELDEDNESS to the Holy Spirit. I mean, does anyone else find it ironic how many years of striving it takes to learn how to finally give up? To surrender and simply YIELD? Maybe it’s just me. 🙂 I find we want revival, we want a move of the Spirit, we want worship that’s led by the Spirit, to see the greater things… to see heaven invade earth.. but we simultaneously fail to yield our agendas, our plans and our productions.. so we see very little. We love to quote the verse “Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit says the Lord.” But if we really want to see something accomplished BY the Spirit, it requires us setting aside OUR MIGHT and OUR POWER and YIELDING to HIS. And I’ll let you in on a little secret: we don’t like to do that. 🙂 It makes us uncomfortable. It’s unpredictable. It can make us appear “foolish”. It puts things out of our hands and out of our control and we generally avoid that. Personally, I don’t think the biggest obstacle to a “demonstration of the Spirit and of power” in the church today is rooted in theological opposition so much as fear of relinquishing control. No yielding equals no power. Spiritual maturity is someone who has simply learned to yield to the Holy Spirit; to wait, to listen, to hear and to obey. But oh the processes, the striving, the turmoil to get to that place of yielding to the Lord! Letting go, resting, trusting. Yieldedness allows Him to flow freely through us, unobstructed; involves choosing not to operate out of our strength but instead allowing His strength to course through us. It looks like our strength but its not. It’s His. But it can only come to the extent we’re yielded. Yieldedness is learned and grown in. Like any other growth process it involves discovery and experimentation, success and failure. But the Holy Spirit DELIGHTS to teach every heart set on this pilgrimage. Ask Him. We desperately need leaders who know the Holy Spirit and who live YIELDED to Him. Be one!! ❤️”

By Jeremy Riddle

Yield yourselves to God…
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