Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Are you still yoked to slavery? 1 Timothy 6:1

Good morning everyone,
Yoke is described in a number of ways both literally and figuratively.  Literally it means a bar of wood, so constructed as to unite two animals (usually oxen), enabling them to work in the fields, drawing loads, pulling instruments used for farming.  Figuratively, it is a symbol of slavery (1 Timothy 6:1).  What is more important to you than a personal relationship with your Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ?  Anything we place above that relationship becomes what we are slaves to!  When we are enslaved to the 'collar', we are controlled by forces that are not of God.  Unless we surrender the 'yoke of oppression' to the Lord, the burden becomes too much.  When we see others overcome with similar burdens, we should help them bear those burdens to fulfill the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2).  See, by us casting each burden on the Lord, He will sustain us!  He will never permit the righteous to be moved (Psalm 55:22)!   When we know Him and we hold fast to Him in love, He will deliver us.  He will protect those that know Him by name (Psalm 91:14)!  If we place everything at the Masters feet, your yoke will become easy and your burdens will become light (Matthew 11:30)!  Remember that anything you have is really nothing that you need to carry unless it praises the One that ask you to carry it!
Your brother in Christ,

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