Yield, part 2

My word for 2017 is yield. In Yield, part 1 I wrote about yielding as in surrendering or submitting. Today I will write about another definition of yield:

to produce or provide something as a result of time, effort, or work;
receive benefits, profit, or interest;
to reap or harvest

When we work for an employer we get paid for our labor and often we receive added benefits like insurance, retirement benefits, paid holidays or sick days, and vacations. To get the benefits we must work and satisfy our employer. We are required to surrender our time and wants and do our best to serve the person or company we work for if we don’t we lose the rewards.

The Lord expects us to work:

For six days, work is to be done,
but the seventh day shall be your holy day,
a day of sabbath rest to the LORD.
Ex 35:2a niv

May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us;
establish the work of our hands for us–
yes, establish the work of our hands.
Ps 90:17 niv

When we invest our money we do so hoping to profit from the investment. Putting money into a savings account gives us interest on the money we put into the account.

The Lord wants us to work without complaint or stubbornness. He wants us to have good attitudes about what we do and who we work for. He has benefits for us. We will profit and be rewarded. When we do as the Lord tells us we will receive the benefits He has promised us for our faithfulness and perseverance,  surrender and submission.

Work willingly at whatever you do,
as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.
Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward,
and that the Master you are serving is Christ.
Col 3:23-24 nlt

So let’s not get tired of doing what is good.
At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing
if we don’t give up.
Gal 6:9 nlt

girl-1064659_640So, the word yield has rewards that come with it. Of course, I have to work and yield, surrender and submit to God before the rewards are realized. And that’s a struggle for me. This is going to be an interesting year. One that is going to see a lot of talks with Jesus that will have me debating, complaining, arguing, and sometimes in tears. I know He can take it but not too sure about me.

Blessings this day of grace,
patricia

Exodus 20:17 niv

10To covet is to wish for or desire what rightfully belongs to another.
There is nothing wrong with wanting things others have but is wrong to want theirs.
When we want what belongs to another we devalue what is ours.
We will not see the blessings in our lives if we look only at the blessings of others.

Do you want something that belongs to another?
Why do you want it?  What makes it desirable to you?

Blessings this day of grace,patricia

Exodus 20:16 nlt

9b

We are not to lie about others at any time.
We are not to lie when under oath in a court of law 
or in any conversation wherever we may be.
We are to love our neighbors not cause them distress or hurt.

Do you think gossip could be testifying falsely?

Blessings this day of grace,patricia

Exodus 20:15 niv

8

This primarily concerns the taking of another’s money or possessions.
But we also steal when we deny people the right to work and live where they want.
When we take away the choice of schools and education we steal their ability to prosper.
We steal when we don’t honor contracts or keep our promises.
When we steal from others we are also stealing from ourselves.
We lose honor and integrity, respect and love.
 We lose the person we were created to be.
There are no winners in the game of theft.

Do you think stealing is no longer considered a sin?
Have our consciences become dull?

Blessings this day of gracepatricia,

Exodus 20:14 niv

7a

We are to be pure and chaste not only in body but also in mind and heart.
The holy union of marriage is not to be compromised.

It doesn’t matter what is accepted as fundamental morals by others 
we are to heed the Creator of life above all others.

How do you deal with pressure to conform to the mores of others?

Blessings this day of grace,patricia