"In that day the Lord will end the bondage of his people. He will break the yoke of slavery and lift it from their shoulders."
A yoke is no longer a piece of equipment that we are all familiar with in society, but in Isaiah’s day everyone would have witnessed animals working in the fields with a bar of wood joining them at the neck. A yoke is a symbol of slavery and bondage.
We must learn to recognize and destroy the bondages that the enemy of our faith seek to place on us! We must recognize spiritual battles for what they are! Only the anointing of God destroys your yoke! God has given you a spirit of power and love and has commanded you not to fear.
Romans 8:15 reminds us, “So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves…” Notice it says “received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves.” Slavery, whether emotional, physical or spiritual, is always accompanied by a spirit of fear! Fear is more than an emotional response, it is spiritual in nature!
2 Timothy 1:7 reads, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” The Greek word pneuma translated here as “spirit,” and is defined in regards to the supernatural realm as an "angels", “devil” and “demon” in almost every other passage. Consistent fear in any area of your life will prevent the will of God in your life. That is why the angels of the Lord always said, “Fear not” before they delivered the Word of God. You cannot receive the will and Word of the Lord when you are living under the spirit of fear.
God has not given us the spirit, or demon, of fear and timidity. Notice that fear and timidity usually work together. They are never from God, and always place a yoke of bondage in your life! The world calls this yoke a phobia, and most believers have accepted their phobias as normal. God sets His own standard of normal, and that does not include fear and timidity!
Heavenly Father, let Your spirit of power, love, and self-discipline rise up in me in full strength! Fear in my life is not from You, and I bind it in the name of Jesus. Your perfect love casts out all fear, and I claim that love in all areas of my life. Let me be used boldly for Your kingdom and remove the enemy’s works of fear from my life. In Jesus’ Name, amen.
Every Yoke Has to Go!
I broke the yoke of slavery from your neck so you can walk with your heads held high. (Leviticus 26:13)
A yoke is a symbol of servanthood! The weight of the yoke brings loss of strength, causing the head to be lowered. Bondages drain your spiritual strength! Bondages lower your head to rob your vision! Looking down, you can only see where you are, not where you are going! God always desires to take you where you should be!
A yoke is a symbol of submission! The bondages of sin, along with the spirit of slavery and fear, cause you to give in, give up and submit. When you choose to submit to bondage, you make a decision to stay in bondage!
The yoke is a symbol of a burden! The farmer would secure the yoke tightly to the oxen. At first, the oxen felt very uncomfortable in the yoke. They knew it was unnatural, it was heavy, and throughout the day it robbed them of their strength. It caused their heads to hang low. The longer the oxen wore the yoke, the more they became accustomed to it. Finally, they accepted it. If you are not careful, you can live with a yoke for so long that you no longer discern how messed up you really are. God has to send someone with an anointing to ask why you are wearing the enemy’s yoke. The heavier your burden, the harder your life! It is just that simple.
But I have good news today! Christ died for you and wants to remove the burdens you are carrying. There is no yoke of bondage in your life that the anointing of the Lord cannot destroy! Today, tell every yoke in your life to go in the name of Jesus! Declare the anointing of the Holy Spirit and your freedom that Jesus purchased with His precious blood!
"Come unto Me, all ye that labour 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 ye shall find rest unto your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light." (Matthew 11:28-30) KJV
Heavenly Father, open my eyes to see bondage clearly. I choose to step out of bondage and walk in Your freedom. You set me free, so I am free, indeed! I take on Your rest for my weariness, Your joy for my sadness, and Your life for my death. Remove bondage from me. Lift my head to see Your vision. Give me Your strength to carry out Your will. In Jesus’ Name, amen.
Further Reading: Jeremiah 27:11, Isaiah 9:4, Matthew 11:28
What Are You Giving Birth To?
For you will break the yoke of their slavery and lift the heavy burden from their shoulders. You will break the oppressor’s rod, just as you did when you destroyed the army of Midian. (Isaiah 9:4)
The yoke represents oppression! Webster’s dictionary defines oppression as, “The exercise of authority or power in a burdensome, cruel, or unjust manner. The feeling of being heavily burdened, mentally or physically, by troubles, adverse conditions, anxiety, etc.”
Believers cannot be possessed by demons, but they can be oppressed, that is, attacked from the outside, by demonic activity! The Bible says there are evil spirits in an unseen world! If you looked into that unseen world, you would find that many of the problems facing you are connected to the oppression of evil spirits! But God has not left us helpless, He gave us everything we need to live in victory, if we will follow His Word.
A yoke is a symbol of bondage to sin! If you continue to live with sin and do not resist or repent, it can turn into a prison from which you alone have no power to escape. Never forget that all sin leads to death! As James reminds us, “These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death.” (James 1:15)