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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Who has your Yoke?

The word "yoke" is believed to derive from a history of linguistics and reconstructed from a number of languages.There are many types of yokes. There is the neck / bow yoke, used to bind to the necks of a pair of oxen. The head yoke fits onto the head of the oxen -usually behind the horns. Lastly, a withers yoke, which fits just in front of the withers of the oxen. Whichever is used, all three yoke types are effective. Each has its advantages and disadvantages. The yoke has connotations of submission, oppression, or burden. Whether it is God or Satan, reality is there is always a yoke upon us. The bible says we cannot serve two masters (Luke 16:13). I know it is obvious why ... GOOD vs EVIL, LIGHT vs DARK, etc. But lets briefly expound on this. In reference to cattle the yoke is introduced typically at the calf stage until it secures and becomes permanent, just like sin, and it's minimization. "Oh it's just a white lie, it's only white magic, or it's a small sin - it's not like I murdered someone." That is just what Satan desires. Most of the problems we have in our lives are because we opened that door and didn't close it. We kept playing with that thing all while Satan is just tighten up around our necks and pulling you to the clubs, telling you it is ok to cuss, it's ok to drink that beer, its ok to steal from work, its ok to look but not touch, if you do it like this it is not technically a sin. Did you know, there are numerous studies that show pornography can lead to pedofillia? At some point we have to break free of Satan's yoke. But how? The yoke has us bound. Obviously, the yoke is not physical, it is mental. Matthew 11:29-30 says, 29"Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. 30"For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." The difference is Satan is out to lead you to self-destruction, whereas, God wants to lead us to restoration from our brokenness. "For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome" (1 John 5:3). When we establish our relationship with Christ, the will of God we will not find being obedient as a task, but as a desire. 

So who has your yoke? Are you letting both God and the Devil control your yoke? If God already has your yoke, what would he rate your level of obedience or commitment?