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About the Yielded Life


Christians today have been hearing much about the "Yielded Life." But what does it mean, exactly? The Yielded Life is the act of giving back to Jesus the life He granted us. It’s relinquishing control, rights, power, direction, all the things we do and say. It’s totally resigning our lives over to His hands, to do with us as He pleases.

Jesus Himself lived a Yielded Life: “I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of Him that sent me” (John 6:38). “I seek not mine own glory” (John 8:50). 

Christ never did anything on His own. He did not act or spoke a word without being instructed by the Father. “I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things…. For I do always those things that please him” (John 8:28–29).

Jesus’ full surrender to the Father is an example of how we all should live. You may say, “Jesus was God in flesh. But the Yielded Life is not imposed on anyone; it is of the free will. 

Hence Jesus was able to say, “Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again” (John 10:17–18).

Here is the ultimate test of the Yielded Life; Jesus said, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me" (Luke 9:23).

The Apostle Paul in recognizing his total dependence on God declared “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Gal. 2:20).

If we are to live as God wants us to live then we must die daily to self. We must see ourselves crucified with Christ having being born again and indwelt by the Spirit of God. Then we can experience victory through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The "approbation" or favor of the Lord rests upon those who have fully yielded their lives to Him, who desire to intimately know Him and are willing to spend time in His presence. The result is that we will be able to recognize His presence and will have "understanding" concerning His ways.

If these qualities are to become a reality in our lives, we also must first learn to "wait upon the Lord." When He responds to our waiting for Him, and He manifestly comes into our midst, then He will declare, "I love them that love Me; and those that seek Me early shall find Me... that I may cause those that love Me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures" (Proverbs 8:17, 21).

The word of God said, "Blessed is the man that heareth Me, watching daily at My gates, waiting at the posts of My doors. For whoso findeth Me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the Lord" (Proverbs 8:34-35). Therefore, if any man be in Christ he is a new creature, old things have passed away behold all things have become new (2Cor. 5:17).


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