Spiritual Warfare #2 ~ Breaking the Yoke.

          Continuing our focus on humility, we will see how Satan tricks us into abandoning humility and partnering with him.

It is a terrible feeling to realize that Satan has deceived you to the point of cooperation with his plans and his work. We must not be ignorant of his devices. (2 Corinthians 2:10-11)

          Satan is called “the accuser of our brethren.” We are told that this goes on day and night before the throne of God.

Revelation 10:12 And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God.

          One way Satan accuses us day and night before God’s throne is to use God’s people to do his accusing for him.

          He persistently bombards us with judgmental thoughts, accusations, thoughts of un-forgiveness, anger, jealousy, and bitterness. He plays past and future scenarios in our mind, trying to trick us into making it all about ourselves. He deceives many of us into turning inward and becoming insecure, self-focused, and self-centered. This is pride, and it causes our Lord to resist us. It is a scary thought.

Pride can always be identified by the amount of time we spend thinking of ourselves. What I deserve, what I need, why I can’t, what I think, What I am entitled to, etc.

The smallest world you will ever live in is the one you are the center of.

          Without humility, we run the risk of being yoked to Satan and his agenda. Isaiah 58 speaks of this yoke.

Isaiah 58:9 Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry, and he will say, ‘Here I am. If you take away the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness,

          The yoke is described as “the pointing of the finger and speaking wickedness.” It is an accusing spirit, a critical spirit, a spirit of superiority. It is the fruit of a prideful heart and a clear indicator that we have yoked ourselves to the work of the enemy.

          A yoke is a device that allows animals to be joined together to share the workload. A critical, judgmental spirit yokes us to Satan’s work so that we share his workload and bear fruit for his kingdom. No wonder God resists the proud.

YOKE

1 Peter 5:5-6 Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you,

          When we have a critical spirit, we are usually critical of others and not ourselves. We become so busy looking at the specks in others eyes that we are blinded by the log in our own eyes.

Pride blinds us to truth and makes us short sighted.

Humility is ALWAYS the place with the greatest illumination and clearest perspective.

Matthew 7:5 You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

Being overly mindful of what is not right in others causes us to forsake the Spirit of Christ and embrace a perspective apart from love and grace.

          If we wrongly criticize someone’s child, who will be the first to take offense? The parents. Our Father is the same way. When we judge His children, we are really judging Him. When we judge our leaders, we are judging His leadership. When we criticize the brethren, we are saying in our heart that God’s workmanship is not up to our high standards. It is a twisted perspective that is anti-kingdom of God.

James 4:10-12 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you. 11 Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. 12 There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?

          When we judge others, we not only judge the law, but the law giver as well. When we judge others it is a dead give-away that we are burdened with a sin-consciousness.

          It is important to understand how the enemy works in these areas so we can recognize when we are being attacked, and keep ourselves from being yoked to his agenda. We must keep ourselves from becoming a child that our Father is forced to resist.

          With over two hundred Christian denominations in America, is it possible that our judgments against other groups of believes have blinded us from seeing this critical spirit in ourselves?

          Are we so arrogant to believe that there are not people in every denomination that truly love God? Is their deception any worse than ours? If we are pointing fingers and speaking wickedness about them, are we not in worse shape than they?

          If we find ourselves participating in the examples stated above, we are yoked with the enemy. However, we don’t have to stay yoked. We can break it with simple, sincere humility. There is no demonic power that can stand against it. When we humble ourselves, God turns from resisting us to being our champion!

          Our thought life is the primary battlefield in spiritual warfare. We must guard our minds and take deceptive, critical thoughts captive before they take root in our hearts. This is required if we are to be effective at spiritual warfare.

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, 

Close relationship with the Lord empowers us with the anointing of the Holy Spirit and it is the anointing that breaks the yoke. (Isaiah 10:27) So if you find ourselves yoked to the enemy, don’t sweat it. Just run to the Father, repent, and watch how quick that yoke is destroyed.

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Thank you for visiting truthpressure.com. I hope this has been a blessing to you.

JC

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