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Today's Devotional

Updated: May 22



YIELD YOURSELF TO HIM

Thursday, May 21st, 2020

Pastor Chris Oyakhilome PhD DSc DD


Neither yield ye your members as instruments of

unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto

God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your

members as instruments of righteousness unto God.

For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are

not under the law, but under grace (Romans 6:13-14).


The Greek word translated “yield” above is “Paristemi,” and

it also means to present. In other words, you’re to present

yourself unto God as one who’s alive from the dead. You might ask,

“Why do I have to present myself to God again? Isn’t my acceptance

of His salvation enough?”


First, for the Lord to instruct us to present ourselves to Him

means He chose us for that purpose. You can’t give God something

He doesn’t want or hasn’t chosen. God, in His sovereignty, instructs

us to present ourselves to Him, and it behooves us to do just that.

Secondly, we have an example to follow in Jesus, “... who through the

eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God...” (Hebrews 9:14).


Also, in Romans 6:9-10, we read that “...Christ being raised

from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion

over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that

he liveth, he liveth unto God.” In the same manner that Christ died

unto sin once and now lives unto God, we must consider ourselves

dead to sin but alive unto God (for indeed, we are). In other words,

you must live for Him and unto Him, because you belong to Him.


Jesus didn’t merely send some angels to save you; He took

your place of condemnation and died in your place. He paid the

ultimate price for you. Having accepted the salvation He purchased

for you with His life, you have to accept the responsibility that comes

with it, and live as one who understands the worth and value of that

sacrifice. And you do that by consecrating your life to Him; by living

for Him and serving Him with whole-hearted devotion, keeping His

Word, fulfilling His purpose for your life, and producing works of

righteousness. Hallelujah!


Prayer


Blessed Jesus, thank you for the ultimate price you paid for my

salvation, and the resultant gift of righteousness which I’ve

received. I yield myself to you as a living sacrifice, holy and

acceptable as an instrument of righteousness, to establish your

will, and manifest your goodness, mercies, and grace in the

earth. Amen.


FURTHER STUDY:

Romans 6:19

" I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness. "


Romans 12:1

" I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. "


1-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:

John 10:1-21

2 Kings 6-7


2-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:

1 Corinthians 11:12-19

Proverbs 17

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