The Book of Ephesians ~ Chapter 5:17 ~ Doctrine of Divine Guidance, Knowing the Will of the Lord for Your Life, Pt. 2 ~ Doctrine of Yieldedness

Vol. 16 No 12 – March 19, 2017

rom 6 vs 13 for 03 16 17 study notes YieldednessEph 5:17, “So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”

The Doctrine of Divine Guidance, Knowing the Will of God for Your Life, (continued).

  • God’s will for your life is found in three categories. These three categories are discovered by the believer who is consistently taking in and applying Bible Doctrine while growing in spiritual maturity. They include:


a) The viewpoint will of God is what God wants you to think.

b) The operational will of God is what God wants you to do.

c) The geographical will of God is where God wants you to be.

Each of these revolves around the three wills of God, directive, permissive, and overruling, as God has given free will to man, so that man would be a rational creature who would resolve the Angelic Conflict.

You can know the viewpoint, operational, and geographical will of God for your life only by having maximum Bible doctrine in your soul. You receive Divine discipline for not knowing the right answer and being outside of God’s will.

  • All Divine guidance depends on the perception of Bible doctrine and then its application. This principle of Bible Doctrine in the soul is found in Psa 32:8; Isa 58:11. The pure thoughts of doctrine, not the deceptive thoughts of man, are the basis for Divine guidance, Prov 3:1-8; Rom 12:2.

Psa 32:8, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you.”

Isa 58:11. “And the LORD will continually guide you, and satisfy your desire in scorched places, and give strength to your bones; and you will be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water whose waters do not fail.”

Rom 12:2, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”

  • Acts 11:1-18, gives us the mechanics of knowing and walking in the will of God.

a) Guidance through prayer, vs. 5.

b) Guidance through objective thinking of Bible Doctrine, vs. 6.

c) Guidance through perception and recall of doctrine, vs. 7‑10.

d) Guidance through providential circumstances, e.g. the people we meet, vs.11.

e) Guidance through the filling of the Holy Spirit and humility, vs. 12.

f) Guidance through fellowship and comparison of spiritual data, vs. 13‑14.

g) Guidance through recalling Bible doctrine, vs. 16.

h) Guidance through doctrinal conclusions, vs. 17.

i) Guidance through obedience to the Word of God, vs. 18.

  • The principle of Divine guidance is based upon the fact that man possess volition/free-will designed to resolve the Angelic Conflict, designed to respond to God’s purpose, God’s will, God’s policy, and God’s law. That is the basic concept of guidance. We have volition which must become totally subordinate to and compatible with Divine volition. Therefore, we have to know what God’s policy is, what His will is, and what God’s desire is on any given subject. Then it is simple. All we have to do is do it and do it in the power of the Spirit. Bible doctrine in the soul, plus free will in man, equals Divine guidance, the execution of the will of God.
  • Divine guidance reaches its peak in spiritual maturity, as witnessed in the lives of the visible heroes of the OT. in Hebrew 11. The ultimate in the will of God is found in, 2 Pet 3:18, “But grow by grace and by knowledge of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and in the day of eternity.”
  • And as we will see in Eph 5:18, Divine guidance is achieved through yieldedness. Yieldedness, is simply a technical term for the filling of the Holy Spirit, as per Rom 6:13. It is found in Rom 12:1, “present,” which is yieldedness or the filling of the Spirit. Basically, the concept comes from 1 John 1:9, the mechanics of yieldedness.

The Doctrine of Yieldedness

Rom 6:13, “And do not go on presenting (yielding) the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present (yield) yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.”

The word for “presenting” and “present” is the Verb PARISTEMI, παρίστημι. It come from the Preposition PARA that means, “beside,” and the Verb HISTEMI that means, “to place or stand.”  Combined it meant, “cause to stand, place beside or present.” In addition, it was used for, “put at someone’s disposal, yield, offer, provide, etc.” In this passage and doctrine, it carries the meaning of “put at someone’s disposal, present,” and therefore, “yield to someone or something in your life.”

The concept of the “yielded life” in both the positive and negative sense is noted in Rom 6:16; 19; 12:1; 2 Cor 5:14ff; 1 Peter 2:24.

“Yield,” in the English language, has many different meanings. The term “yield” means, “to stop resisting,” that is, to stop opposing or resisting and agree to somebody’s demands or requests. It means, “to surrender,” to admit defeat. It means, “to give something up to somebody else or allow somebody else to take it over.” It means, “to produce something naturally or as a result of cultivation, work, activity, or calculation.”  It also means, “to gain an amount as a return on an investment.”

But in this doctrine, and the passages we will note, it is talking about the aspect of giving way to someone else. That someone else for the believer is God, His Word, and the Holy Spirit, by being filled with Him, as we will note in Eph 5:18. In this regard, yield, yielding, or yieldedness means, “to stop resisting or opposing God and agree with Him, to surrender our lives to His leading, to give ourselves over to the filling of the Holy Spirit and let Him take control of our lives, to replace the Old Man nature with the New Man nature that is empowered by the Holy Spirit, and to let the Holy Spirit take the reigns of your life so that there is profit and gain called Divine Good Production or the Fruit of the Spirit or Light.

To yield to God means to give way to His power, love, and wisdom for our lives. It means to allow Him to design and execute the position and effectiveness of our life, as He alone can do this. We noted in the Doctrine of God’s Will, all the numberless paths in which we could walk; He alone knows which is best, and He alone has the power to place our feet in that path and to keep them there. He alone has love for us that will never cease to prompt Him to do for us all that is in His wisdom, power, and love to do. If we yield to God’s will, we will be blessed by His love, power, and wisdom.

As a result of the fall of Adam, man received an independent human will toward God along with a sinful nature. Yet, even with that free will and sin nature now in man, we were originally designed by God to conform to His nature. We achieve harmony with His nature, when we are yielded to His Divine will.

We cannot be rightly adjusted to God or be spiritual, until we are yielded to the mind and will of God that includes being filled with the Holy Spirit during this Church Age we are in. Therefore, our daily lives will be helpless and a failure apart from yielding to God’s will through the leading ministry of the Holy Spirit.

Rom 12:1 says, “I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual (reasonable – LOGIKOS), service of worship.”

When we fully dedicate our lives and bodies to be a “living sacrifice,” it is the “reasonable service” God is looking for, and is the first most important issue in the life of the child of God.

The words “I urged you” are far from being a command. They are a pleading for that manner of life which becomes the children of God. It is not something that we must do to be saved; it is something we should do because we are saved.

This is the appeal from God for the manner of life that becomes one who has been saved from the guilt of sin and for whom salvation has been provided from the power of sin. With the issue of sin and salvation taken care of, God now looks for an ongoing daily relationship with His children, which is only accomplished through the yielded life.

Rom 12:2, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”

This is an exhortation for dedication of the whole body as a living sacrifice. It is a call for self-dedication to whatsoever God may choose for us, now, or ever. It occurs when we are not conformed to this world but when we are transfigured by the filling of the Holy Spirit and the renewing of our minds, through the intake and application of Bible Doctrine. When we are yielded to God in this way, we will show our lives to be “good, and acceptable, and perfect,” inside the will of God.

James 3:17, NKJV, “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield (reasonable – NASB), full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.”

Yield” here is the Adjective, EUPEITHĒS εὐπειθής that means, “obedient, compliant.” The force of this adjective includes the sense of “agreeability.” It is more than mere acquiescence. Vine says it comes from EU, “well,” and PEITHOMAI, “to obey,” and indicates a “readiness to obey” (Expository Dictionary, “Intreat”). James used it to describe the availability and attributes of the “wisdom that is from above”

Romans 6:16-19, “Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness? 17But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed, 18and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. 19I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness, resulting in further lawlessness, so now present (YIELD) your members as slaves to righteousness, resulting in (experiential) sanctification.”

Three Principles of Yieldedness.

  • Yieldedness to the will of God implies, first of all, yieldedness to the Word of God and the standards of moral excellence, which are set forth in the Scriptures. However, many issues we face are not taught explicitly in the Bible.
  • Therefore, the second principle of yieldedness is there must be yieldedness to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is given to the individual to provide guidance in these matters. That is, His purpose is to apply the general principles of the Bible to the particular issue which is facing the individual. Yieldedness to the Holy Spirit begins with the confession of our sins post-salvation after any sin we have committed, 1 John 1:9, which results in fellowship with God, and being filled with the Spirit,” Eph 5:18. Then we are in a position to be guided by the Spirit in application of Bible Doctrine resident within our soul.
  • In addition to being yielded to the Word of God and to the guidance of the Holy Spirit, yieldedness implies adjustment to the providential acts of God, whether it be of the nature of Paul’s “thorn in the flesh,” or anything else which might prompt rebellion against God’s dealings with His child.

Therefore, the believer must be willing to accept Divinely appointed situations, although he is still free to pray and ask God to change them. The role of the Spirit in comforting the believer is often related to providential situations in which, contrary to the believer’s own desire, God is fulfilling His purpose in providing a means and context for life, which ordinarily would not be the situation of human choosing.

Christ is the Pattern for the Yielded Life.

2 Cor 5:15, “And He died for all, that they who live should no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.”

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 If you would like more information on this subject, you may watch/listen to lesson:
#’s 17-029 & 17-030

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If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, I am here to tell you that Jesus loves you.  He loves you so much that He gave His life for you. God the Father also loves you. He loves you so much that He gave His only Son for you by sending Him to the Cross.

At the Cross Jesus died in your place. Taking upon Himself all of your sins and all of my sins.  He was judged for our sins and paid the price for our sins. Therefore our sins will never be held against us. Right where you are, you now have the opportunity to make the greatest decision in your life. To accept the free gift of salvation and eternal life by truly believing that Jesus Christ died for your sins and was raised on the third day as the proof of the promise of eternal life.

So right now you can pause and reflect on what Christ has done for you and say to the Father:

“Yes Father, I believe that Your Son, Jesus Christ, died on the cross for the forgiveness of my sins.”

If you have done that, I welcome you to the eternal Family of God!

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