“…. throw away the foreign God’s that are among you and yield your hearts to the Lord, the God of Israel…” —Joshua 24:23 (NIV)

Recently I came across a scripture in the Bible that touched me beyond measure; it says, “…yield your hearts to the Lord….” These words were words that were spoken to the Israelites by Joshua when he was admonishing them. The Israelites were such difficult people to the point that they offended God again and again. With all that they saw God do for them, they couldn’t calm down to follow God wholeheartedly. At different points in time, they rebelled against God, which was part of why Joshua had to tell them to yield their heart to the Lord. When I pondered on these words that Joshua said, I realized that yielding your heart to the Lord goes beyond just saying Lord Jesus come into my heart. Jesus can come into your heart, but does your heart truly belong to Him when that is done? To be yielded to God means that you have to submit your all to God completely. Jesus was an exact example of one who yielded His heart to God. When He began to perceive that His death was about to happen, the Bible declares that “…Jesus began to be sorrowful and troubled and then He said to His disciples, my soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death….” Matthew 26:39, so He decided to pray.

Now, when He began praying, He said “. . . father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will . . .” – Matthew 26:39. He really wished for the cup to pass over Him, but even at that, He knew He had to drink from that cup of suffering, so He said, “…not as I will but as you will…” meaning that even though in His flesh, He wanted the cup to pass away, Jesus’ completely yielded His heart to God. This is one point God wants every one of us to get to in our walk with Him. How often do we crave certain things in our lives, and we are unwilling to do it God’s way or accept it the way God wants it? How often do we want to achieve certain things in our lives, and God says it is not time, we still insist we want it quickly? A heart that is wholly yielded to God will always accept it the way God wants it. Therefore, I want to encourage you to yield your heart to God in all that you do this year. Let God’s word take preeminence in your life, and at all times, know what the will of the Lord for your life is so that you can yield your heart to it. Much of the things that happen to a man and in the life of a man come from the heart. And that’s why the Bible says for us to guard our heart will all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life (Proverbs 4:23). If your heart is wholly yielded to God, it will certainly flow peace, joy, and prosperity out of it. Halleluiah!


A heart that is wholly yielded to God will always accept it the way God wants it.


Glorious God, I declare that your word is life to me. Therefore, I will continually yield my heart to you in all that I do. I receive grace to be fully and wholly yielded to you and your words, and I prophesy that as I do this, I prosper in all that I do and set my heart to do in Jesus’ name. Amen!

Categories: August 2021


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