As a Christian, it should always be our aim to yield ourselves to God. But if we don’t yield ourselves to God then we will yield ourselves to Satan, the devil (Rom. 6:13, 16, 19). There are no other options. In my next five blog posts I will show you some of the ways we yield—either to God or Satan.
Option #1, we will say, is to God; and Option #2 is to Satan. Notice that in each of the five ways, the second option under each point is an opposite or a rebellion against the first option. And that’s how it is in life; Satan will always show us another way to keep us from God’s way.
Obedience or Disobedience
Option #1 – We yield ourselves to obey God in everything. At the heart of yielding is obedience. When we yield ourselves to God we are humbling ourselves before Him with the full intent to obey His every word, His every desire (Rom. 6:16). His words to us—words of doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction (2 Tim. 3:16)—are found written in the Holy Bible, and are brought to us by His Holy Spirit. We must obey both the Bible and the Spirit as one; for they work together to bring us to righteousness and peace.
God tells us in the Bible that we must also yield to and obey those in authority over us—our spiritual leaders (Heb. 13:17), government leaders (Rom. 13:1-7), our employers (Eph. 6:5), and, if we are still living at home, our parents (Eph. 6:1); for they are appointed by God to lead us to holiness and righteousness.
Option #2 – We yield ourselves to the voice of rebellion and disobedience. When we yield to Satan we choose to either disobey the Bible, saying to ourselves, “I don’t believe in it,” or we try to block it out of our mind. If we are Christians this is what we probably do, because, since we believe the Bible, and we know it’s true, there is nothing else to do except just try to block it out. And so, we pretend that God’s commands to us, both by the written Word and by the Holy Spirit, don’t exist.