I’m Still Holding The Reins
Therefore, I’m Yielded ….. But Not Broken
“Not of works”.... Ephesians 2:9
The Lord wants to be in total control of our lives. However, for the most part, far too many of His faithful followers haven’t received the boldness which is required for them to operate from a platform of being “broken”. They are faithful in the “doing” while lacking in the “being”. In other words we are basically still living our lives from the position of observing the law (the covenant of works); instead of allowing the Holy Spirit to accomplish His work though us.
We have yielded our thoughts, actions and words to the LEADING of the Holy Spirit which is a great achievement… for a new convert. However, as we mature in the Lord – brokenness is required.
When I “yield” in a given situation; I remain in control and decide the outcome of that situation. When I am yielded, I will faithfully and in all sincerity: pay my tithes, “assemble myself with other believers”, study and read my Bible, etc. However, because I am only yielded – I am still basing my relationship with the Lord on all of these things that I am “doing”.
When I become that broken vessel …. I have matured to the place where I am no longer in control at all. Therefore my mind has been renewed to the extent that I will move in instant obedience to the voice of the Lord. A broken vessel truly “Takes no thought for tomorrow” when they receive a command from the Lord. A broken vessel doesn’t worry, fret or become overly concerned about the outcome of situations or circumstances. A broken vessel has learned the art of resting in the assurance of the unconditional love of the Lord – regardless.
A yielded vessel will know that they’ve heard the voice of the Lord; but may delay in obeying…
A broken vessel will know that they’ve heard the voice of the Lord and w/o giving it a second thought - instantly obey.
A yielded vessel will still “stake claims” on their material possessions….
A broken vessel will say, “Lord EVERYTHING that I have is yours” - …. And they will freely release ANYTHING that they possess when the initial instruction comes from the Lord.
A yielded vessel is still in the process of being molded, reshaped and refashioned into one who has been freed from the influences of the enemy– even though they have been saved for quite some time. A yielded vessel is still developing into a vessel that has been stripped of every traditional ideology, concept and precept. Then once stripped, this vessel can now be broken by the power of the Holy Spirit and refashioned to be used totally by Him for His glory.
To be effective in these last days; we can no longer be just yielded vessels. It’s a new day! The Lord doesn’t desire for us to only be yielded. We must become broken vessels by Him for Him.
I challenge you to sincerely seek the face of God, asking Him to reveal the areas in your mind where ungodly or immature strongholds still exist…. The areas where you are only yielded – and not broken.
We must be determined to become broken vessels because:
Broken vessels are vessels of virtue;
Broken vessels are vessels of valor and above all;
Broken vessels are vessels of Victory!
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:19