Like the clay in the potter’s hands, we need to be pliable and yielded in life as we respond to the Lord.
The month of February is coming to an end and as it does I am ending my exploration of yielding. I never realized how much there is to think about in terms of yielding in my life. And now putting it into practice with intentionality is the next step.
Yielding is a choice in life, so each one of us come to a crossroad and must decide which way to go. Will it be my way or the Lord’s?
Here is a quick summary. Six ways to be intentional about yielding to Him:
1. Remember Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding, In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths.” Seek Him in the decision-making process. When we take time to seek Him, acknowledge His sovereignty, and look for His direction, we can’t make impulsive decisions. Our decision-making process is slowed down. We learn to wait for Him and His wisdom.
2. Be aware of thoughts and self-talk. We need to evaluate the things that have a home in our minds and what we allow to come into our mind. Consider using Philippians 4:8 as a tool for thought inventory. Philippians 4:8 EXB says, “[Finally, In conclusion; or Now then] Brothers and sisters, think about [focus your thoughts on; fill your minds with] things that are true and honorable and right [just] and pure and beautiful [lovely] and respected [commendable]. If there is anything that is good [morally excellent] and worthy of praise, think about [focus your thoughts on, fill your minds with] these things.”
3. When our tongues are ready to burst forth with fiery words remember: Stop, Drop, and Roll.
- Stop the words from leaving by putting a finger over your lips.
- Drop that word. Think about what it would do, how it would affect the person receiving it.
- Roll the intolerance or frustration over to the Lord. Ask Him to bring His peace to the situation.
4. As we go through our days, we can choose to
- Abide in the Lord’s presence
- Attend to His Spirit’s leading
- Abandon our need for acknowledgement so He gets all of the glory
- Be Available to His call so His purposes can be fulfilled.
5. Take time to pray for the Lord’s transforming power to be at work in us.
6. Finally, remember to be the clay. That means developing a new willingness to be molded in Christ-likeness for His glory. Our goal is to be pliable to what He wants to do in and through us.
Take some time now to think and pray about which one you will start with to help you in yielding with intentionality.