Sunday, May 20, 2012
Who are you yoked to?
"And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." (Romans 12:2)
Understanding Yokes and burdens!
Who are you yoked to? That is the question you must ask. This is not New age or Mysticism, but it is truly the word. Read the text above..."by the renewing of the mind"....Our minds are like computers. We put data in it and download what is inside our mind. Our minds is a precious gift from God, but it is a battleground in the Spiritual. The devil, our adversary, knows this and tries to put some of his data in our minds.
The word of God, clearly, says that we (If you are a Christian) have the mind of Christ. Christ wasn't Jesus last name, Christ implicated the anointing of the Holy Spirit among other things. That is why Psalms 2:1-2 says that the people rage and imagine a vain thing against God and his anointed. The anointed speaks of the Christ-the anointed. An interesting thing is one of the meanings of Christ is yoke breaking, burden removing power. When you hear the word Christ, think of a yoke being broken. What is a yoke? It is, in essence,servitude. A yoke is a object put around an ox along with another to do what his master wanted him to do, which was plow the ground or pull a load. In other words, it was a u shaped material put around two oxen's neck to do a work for his master.
Many of us may be yoked to Worries, Fear, Sin, Stress. That stress is like a partner walking with us. Everywhere we go, we think of those thoughts. But, what did Jesus do? Let's look at the following-
"And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing." (Isaiah 10:27) Glory to God, Did you see this? The anointing (The Christ) has broken that yoke! You don't have to be a prisoner to stress,worry or fear! You don't have to be a prisoner to sin and sex! The Christ has made you FREE!
Now, before you start rejoicing, let me remind you, you are not completely free from Yokes. You just take a different Yoke. The Yoke of Jesus! That Yoke was mentioned when he said "Take my yoke upon you, for my Yoke is easy and my burden light!" Why is that Yoke easy? Because we are yoked to the Holy Spirit. He makes our burden and yoke light because he helps us-Hallelujah!!! Yokes, in essence is not bad, the problem is who are you yoked to?
Paul the apostle, mentioned in Ephesians, that he was the prisoner of the Lord. We need to have our minds captured by the Lord. We need to let him take control of our minds and thoughts. Have you been captured by the Lord? Do it now and let him take you captive and be his prisoner of his thoughts!
Prayer-"Dear Father, forgive me for my worries and stress. Forgive me for not dwelling on your thoughts. Make me your prisoner in my mind. Renew my mind and help me to take captive every thoughts. In Jesus Name! Amen!
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