July 9, 2001
By ROBERT FIGUEROA
Breaking The Yokes That Weigh Us Down
In the tall tale of Paul Bunyan there was a red ox who was a tiller of the ground and on his neck was a great big yoke. This yoke limited the ox to do what the master said and what direction he was to be directed; in the same way, sometimes we are limited in our spiritual life. What we need to break these yokes is the Sweet Anointing of God. Lets review a list of yokes using the parallels of peoples or places in the Bible with characteristics that can exist in our lives.
Babylon Represents Idolatry
The great Babylon was a powerful kingdom and one thing they had a lot of was idol worship:
"And, behold, here cometh a chariot of men, with a couple of horsemen. And he answered and said, Babylon is fallen, is fallen; and all the graven images of her gods he hath broken unto the ground." - Isaiah 21:9
Maybe we as believers have some idolatry in our lives. When we separate one thing and commit to it all our time it could be considered a idol. There are many idols in our everyday world but our focus needs to be on the true living God. Let's break this yoke with the anointing of God.
Egypt Represents Captivity
"And Moses said unto the people, Remember this day, in which ye came out from Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand the LORD brought you out from this place..." - Exodus 13:3
Christ has brought us out of the slave market and placed us in a heavenly seat. What holds us prisoners to the world? Possibly we are fighting our flesh with our own strength so we are captive to fleshly desires. We need to break this yoke from our neck and rely on the awesome power of God to subject our flesh in control.
The Desert Represents Rebellion
"And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them, Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the LORD is among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the LORD?" - Numbers 16:3
Korah and 250 leaders rose up against Moses and Aaron. They said we are holy so why can't we be used by God. Are we not all holy? that was rebellion in the hearts of the elders. Sometimes we might have rebellion in our lives whether it's with our Church, parents or work - we need to get rid of this yoke!
Kadesh Barnea Represents Doubt
"And wherefore have ye made us to come up out of Egypt, to bring us in unto this evil place? it is no place of seed, or of figs, or of vines, or of pomegranates; neither is there any water to drink." - Numbers 20:5
The Israelites were rescued from the Egyptian slave market, were led by the cloud and pillar of fire by night, saw the ocean open up but yet still doubted that God was with them. One yoke that might seem to be sneaking up on us is doubt - if we were to break this yoke off of are churches today we would see more of the power of God manifest! The Israelites doubted God would provide water for them and there stock to drink from.
Goliath Represents Fear
"Then said David to the Philistine Thou comest to me with a sword and with a spear and with a shield but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts the God of the armies of Israel whom thou hast defied."
- 1 Samuel 17:45
There are two definitions of fear: the first one is trembling or being scared - the Israelites feared the Philistines because of their size. This yoke we might deal with every day. We don't relying on the Lord to see us through our situations but are determining the answer according to the size of our problem. Just as David we need to have Fear which is reverence respect and worship toward a holy powerful God. Jehovah Jira, my provider! Let's break this yoke of fear in our lives.
Canaan Represents Prosperity
"Moreover thou hast not brought us into a land that floweth with milk and honey, or given us inheritance of fields and vineyards..." - Numbers 16:14
While the yoke of prosperity might sound good it could lead to idolatry. The world's answer to happiness is prosperity. Our answer to happiness is eternal life. Our goals and efforts should be base on God and not so much the money market. The Israelites wanted to have the goods of this land: they dreamed about Canaan. While God reminds them about serving Him they are filling there own desires and needs.
"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." - Matthew 6:33
That's the answer to being rich: let God give you the blessings rather than you trying to get rich so quick. We can be rich and have eternal life!
The Cross Represents Sin
"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." - Romans 5:8
While we were thinking of the desires of the world Christ died upon the cross for our sins. This yoke will reward death.
"For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." - Romans 6:23
Let's give our life to the Lord and He shall give you the desires of your heart according to His will, plus we will have eternal life. We need to share the Gospel so this yoke can be broken from the necks of millions of soul.
Flies Of Death
Nevertheless the "Flies of death" (temptations, evil spirits) still surround us.
"Dead flies putrefy the perfumer's ointment and cause it to give off a foul odor; So does a little folly to one respected for wisdom and honor." - Ecclesiastes 10:1
The flies of death gather where there is spoilage, death and refuse. However the fresh Anointing upon us will cause those flies to disappear and leave us clean, pure, and Holy.
We see just a few of the many yokes that can hinder our lives. If we can first recognize that we have a yoke upon our lives and identify it and let the Anointing break that yoke off our necks. Then we will truly be used and no longer be weighed down in our service for the Lord. As the writer for the book of Hebrews said:
"Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us." - Hebrews 12:1
Cast your yokes and problems to the curb, and allow God to completely bless your life!
Robert Figueroa is the co-executive producer of Inspired Christian.org and lives in the Peninsula of the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area. If you'd like to send him some email to give your thoughts on this article, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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