Yield Fully To The Holy Spirit
By Charles H. Spurgeon
“Submit yourselves therefore to God” (Jas. 4:7).
...Submit yourselves to God by yielding your hearts to the motions of the divine Spirit: by being impressible, sensitive, and easily affected. The Spirit of God has hard work with many Christians to lead them in the right way; they are as the horse and the mule which have no understanding, whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle. There is the stout oak in the forest, and a hurricane howls through it, and it is not moved, but the bulrush by the river yields to the faintest breath of the gale. Now, though in many things ye should be as the oak and not as the bulrush, yet in this thing be ye as the bulrush and be moved by the slightest breathing of the Spirit of God. Oh, to be rendered sensitive by the Spirit of God, and we can be made so by submitting ourselves entirely to His will.
Sometimes the Spirit of God whispers to you, “Retire to pray.” At such times enter your closet at once. Remember how David said, “When Thou saidst, Seek ye My face; my heart said unto Thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek” (Psa. 27:8).
The Spirit of God will sometimes impel you to a duty which involves self-denial, which will take up much of your leisure, and will bring you no very great honor as a reward. Be not disobedient to His call, but go about your work speedily. Say with the psalmist, “I made haste, and delayed not to keep Thy commandments” (Psa. 119:60).
The Spirit will at times urge us to deep repentance on account of faults in which we have been living. He will rebuke us for some ugly temper which we have indulged, or for some hard word which we have spoken against a brother, or because of the worldliness of mind into which we have fallen. Oh, brother, bestir thyself at such times, and examine and purge thy soul.
Let a hint from the Holy Spirit be enough for thee. Half a word from the divine Spirit, the very gentlest motion from Him, should be enough guidance, and straightway we should be ready to do His bidding.
In this matter it is not so much your activity as your submission to the Holy Spirit which is needed; it is not so much your running as your willing to be drawn by Him. There is to be an activity in religion: we are to wrestle and to fight; but side by side with that we are to yield ourselves to the Spirit’s impulse, for it is He that worketh in us to will and to do of His own good pleasure. He striveth in us mightily, and if we will but resign ourselves, and no longer be obstacles in His divine way, He will carry us to greater heights of grace, and create in us more fully the likeness of Christ.
“Submit yourselves…to God.” Learn the sweetness of lying passive in His hand, and knowing no will but His: learn the blessedness of giving yourselves up entirely to His divine sway, for in so doing you will enter into heaven here below.