Zephaniah 3:17 reminds us that God is musical and He rejoices and sings over you. - -
The LORD your God in the midst of you is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over you with joy; he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Take My Yoke for it is Easy
Take My Yoke for it is Easy
Each Wednesday Pastor Allan
has encouraged me to bring a message that will build us up as we consider
evangelizing and sharing the gospel with others.
What do you think of when you
hear the word “YOKE?”
A yoke was placed on oxen to
control them and keep them on the “Right path.”
Two as a team under a yoke would
get more work done, faster and easier.
The farmer could not hook
together opposite animals such as an ox and a donkey, because they would pull
against each other causing problems, waste and destruction.
This is the reason Paul told
2 Corinthians 6:14 Be not
unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship has Righteousness
with Unrighteousness?What partnership
has Light with Darkness?
(This verse speaks of
partnership with both God and the devil and it just will not work.)
We should also apply this
scripture to our association with people we hang out with.Are your friends like minded to follow Christ
or is there a clash of wills and desires?
It is good to attend a church
where the Bible is taught, and your belief in God is yoked up together with
persons who attend.
If you are seeking a mate –
do keep this in mind to avoid BIG trouble ahead.Only date those of LIKE precious faith, and
persons who are actively serving Christ Jesus. Also it is good to date one who
believes in the present day work of the Holy Spirit.
Warning: Do not date an
unbeliever or one who is a member of a cult, such as New Age, types of
meditation, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons or into Spiritism.Avoid the problems and horror stories that
come from yoking up with these kinds of relationships.
Jesus offered us to YOKE up
with him because he is gentle, kind and will give you peace and rest.
11:28-30Come unto me,
all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I
am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest unto your souls.For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
The yoke of subjection to
Jesus is giving his disciples a reason why
they should embrace his teachings. He was not harsh, overbearing, and
oppressive, like the Pharisees, (For they bind heavy burdens
laying them on men’s shoulders and grievous to be borne,) but Jesus is meek,
mild, and gentle in his government. His laws were reasonable and tender, and it
would be easy to obey him.
Once we are free in Christ, Galatians 5:1 Christ did set us free: stand fast
therefore, and be not entangled again in a yoke of bondage.
What can we learn from this message
1.Examine your self
be sure you are “Yoked up” with Jesus and those of like minded Faith.
2.As we reach out
to our neighbors, we will discover people yoked up with all types of belief and
bondage.Keep Jesus uppermost in our
sharing and be sure to have a Bible or brochure to leave with those we meet to encourage them to Yoke up with Jesus.