We used to sing a song in our youth choir to reiterate the fact that we have been separated from the world at new birth and we are no longer going to be entangled by the things of the past.
The song went like this “When I remembered what the Lord had done for me I will never go back anymore“.
I am sure the Apostle Paul felt the same when the Church of Galatia was faced with people who came to worship Christ from all over the world and from different backgrounds.
Galatians 5:1 “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.”
Paul told the Church of Galatia and he is speaking to us today, that since we have been made free and received liberty, we should no longer go back to the things that we used to do that entangled us. These things are what is called yoke of bondage. What is a yoke? In the Bible days, farmers will use a wooden item and tie up two bulls. These bulls will be lured to move together in a certain direction and by so doing will till the land and prepare it for farming. See a diagram below explaing what a yoke of bondage is.
The system of this world and the governments might have kept you in bondage causing you to toil and work all day without any reward.
Your friends might be the what the enemy has connected you with using a yoke of bondage which makes you to please them and displease God. Is your bank account in the red? The enemy may be using your bank account to limit your future. Your worth is not measured by your bank account or the amount you have in your wallet, your worth is measured by your POTENTIAL (which is God’s hidden abilities in you).
Here is what Jesus said concerning His yoke:
Matthew 11:28-30 “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.
Jesus says those who labour and are heavy laden should come to Him for His yoke is easy and His burden is light. If you are yoked together with Jesus, your future is certain. Below is a diagram showing what Jesus meant by saying “my yoke is light”.
When we walk with the Lord, we shall surely find rest. This is what Total Freedom is all about. We must take up the yoke of Jesus which is light and gives us rest.
Pray this prayer aloud:
Father, I thank you for the revelation of total freedom in 2017. I am yoked with Christ and walking in the light. I am guided by the King of kings and the Lord of lords. My future is certain as I exercise my freedom in Christ this 2017.