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Created By: Pastor Reginald L. Blanchard (J4J)

 

J4J Nominated Best Holy Hip Hop Artist  2006 by "The Gospel Choice Awards." 

Nominated Best Holy Hip Hop Artist  2007 by "The Youth Gospel Entertainment Awards." 

"This is 4 The Streets" voted Best Song of The Year 2007 by "The Gospel Choice Awards." 

2009 Inferno Urban Music Award Winner for Song Writer of The Year.

2009 Honorable mention ISSA Christian Song writing Contest - Billboard Magazine

2011 Inferno Urban Music Award Winner for Man of Valor Award

 

 

The Yoke of Bondage

 

A Yoke will exist because of:  Brainwashing, Mind Control, False doctrine or False Teaching, Oppression, Intimidation, Shame, or ignorance of the word of God.

Yoke - To join securely; to bind: partners who were yoked together for life.  To force into heavy labor, bondage, or subjugation.

sub∑ju∑gation means:  To bring under control; to conquer. To defeat.  To enslave

Bondage means - The state of one who is bound as a slave.

A state of subjection to a force, power, or influence.

The devil wants you to be enslaved in the yoke of bondage.  Hereís the first example that the bible teaches us about the yoke of bondage.  Go to Genesis 3:1

1 Now the serpent was more subtil (change that word subtil to crafty because thatís what it means) than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:

3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

Hereís the trick of the enemy holding the yoke in his hand and saying put it on.

4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

Now heís brain washing her with false teaching and false doctrine.  Heís telling Eve that she will be just like God if she eats the forbidden fruit.  Just because it sounds good do you except it?  Or just because it feels right will you do it.  Thatís really what it boils down to.

6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, (it looked good to her)  and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

So the devil killed 2 birds with 1 stone.  He got 2 necks in one yoke steering them in the direction that he wanted them to go.  He didnít force them to do it they had a choice and did it on their own.  And when they did it, they were placed in the bondage of sin.  Thatís what we call the fall of man.

Now, the reason they use the term yoke is because a yoke is a wooden frame placed over the neck to join 2 animals.  One place is for one animal and the other place is for the other animal.  What happens is the stronger animal pulls harder than the weaker one.  Ask yourself, who has more biblical knowledge you or the devil?  Iím not giving him glory because he is a defeated enemy, Iím just saying that heís a tricky guy.  Donít get yourself in a position to allow him to steer you in whatever direction he wants to because you placed your neck in a yoke with him.  Go to Galatians 5:1  Iím going to show you how the Bible warns us about the yoke of bondage.  Highlight this verse, get it in your spirit and meditate on it.  I want everyone to remember this verse during this teaching on The Yoke of Bondage.

Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.

This verse is simply saying that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins and made you free so donít go back to being lead the wrong way.  Stay free from bondage.

You should also remember how terrible hell is so that you can avoid the yoke of bondage.  Let me remind you of how terrible hell is?  Go to Matt 13:37-43.  Weíre talking about the yoke of bondage.  Weíre talking about being set free from it too.

Matt 13:37-43

37 He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man;

38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;

39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.

40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.

41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;

42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

Letís talk about the words wailing and gnashing of the teach.

Jesus is saying that youíre going to know that youíre in hell and this place is no joke!  The word wailing in the dictionary means; A long, loud, high-pitched cry, as of grief or pain.

A long, loud, high-pitched sound: the wail of a siren.  Thatís very painful especially when your gnashing your teeth together.  That is very unbearable!  Donít risk being in bondage and reflect back at your life before you were saved and take notice of the stronghold the devil had on your life.  He had a yoke around your neck steering you in the wrong direction.  Wailing and gnashing of teeth.  Itís like allowing a doctor to perform major surgery on you without putting you to sleep.  That would be very painful.

We need to know how to be free from bondage and from yokes.

We really do it to ourselves.  We really put on the yoke of bondage around our own lives.  EVERYONE is guilty of this.  Go to Luke 10:17-19

17 And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.

18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.

19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

So that tells me that we put the yoke on ourselves.  We have the power to avoid the yoke because the devils are under our control through Jesus Christ and they canít hurt you unless you allow them to.  How do we allow them?  Through sin and sin separates us from God.

Who wants to be free today?  Who really want to be free today?  Prayer is a big part of you being free from the yoke of bondage.  Remember that.  You HAVE to pray and speak the word over your situation.  When youíre weak and want to give in and you see the yoke coming on.  Pray and ask God to give you strength.  We should be praying in this church more.  The yoke of bondage shows the lack of prayer.  Because prayer is the most powerful spiritual warfare weapon that we have.  You take away the weapon, you are defenseless against your enemy.  How many of you honestly pray over every situation?  By a show of hands.  How many of you would go to a war in Iraq without a weapon?  Thatís exactly what youíre doing when you donít pray.  Youíre in a spiritual war and you have the greatest weapon at your fingertips.  But you have to use it.  Itís called prayer. Hosea 4:6  says My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: Study your word and gain knowledge so that you wonít be destroyed.

Destroying The Yoke

 

1.  The Anointing destroyís the yoke

Isaiah 10:27

27 And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.

How do we become anointed?  We become anointed the day we receive Christ as our personal savior.

The word Christ means:  Anointed, the Greek translation of the Hebrew word rendered "Messiah"  The word Anointing under the Vines Expository Dictionary says that believers have an anointing from the Holy One, which indicates that this anointing renders them Holy, separating them to God.  There are different levels of anointing but you are anointed and according to what we just read in Isaiah 10:27, your yoke can be destroyed.

2. Submit and allow Jesus to transform your mind and that will destroy the yoke.

Romans 12:1-2

1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Letís look at the word transform, it means:  To change the nature, function, or condition of; convert or a metamorphosis.

Let me explain what a metamorphosis is:  Itís a complete change!  (explain about the butterfly and caterpillar)

3. Again, Jesus destroyís the yoke.

Heb 2:14-18

14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;

15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

16 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.

17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.

18 For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.

The only yoke you want to wear.

Matt 11:25-30

25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.

26 Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight.

27 All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.

28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

29 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.

30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

4.  Stand with Jesus and the yoke will be broken.

Gal 5:1-6

1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

2 Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing.

3 For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.

4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.

5 For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.

6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.

Romans 8:1-21

1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.

6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.

11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.

13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.

14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.

20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,

21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

The yoke of bondage can cause you to:

1. Miss your destiny.

God is a God of purpose according to Psalms 33:11

Psalms 33:11  11 The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.

The word counsel in this verse means plan or purpose.  So Godís plan stand forever.  Youíre going to be accountable to God if you donít fulfill your destiny or the reason God created you.

Go to Romans Chapter 6 verse 20.  Weíre talking about destroying the yoke of bondage.  Being free.  You can read the entire chapter 6 and it will show you your old sinful condition in which you allowed your self to be put into bondage.

KJV

20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.

21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.

22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

  Romans 6:20-23 (KJV)

 

 

Living

20 In those days when you were slaves of sin you didn't bother much with goodness.

21 And what was the result? Evidently not good, since you are ashamed now even to think about those things you used to do, for all of them end in eternal doom.

22 But now you are free from the power of sin and are slaves of God, and his benefits to you include holiness and everlasting life.

23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

  Romans 6:20-23 (Living)

 

You MUST submit to Christ and make him Lord over your life.  He has to control your life not you!

Donít get trapped into the yoke of bondage again.

1.  Repent whenever you sin.

2.  Always but always pray

3.  Always ask God for guidance FIRST in EVERY situation.

4.  Always pay your tithes to prevent curses in your life.

5.  Remember whatever a man sow, that he shall also reap.

6.  Stay away from ungodly things and people.

7.  Study you word DAILY.

8.  Come to church to get fed the word of God.  Donít stay at home and base your biblical knowledge on just your opinion.  Come to church and fellowship with others.

8.  Ask questions when you study your bible if you donít understand something.  But ask God first.

9.  Speak the word over your situation, take authority and operate out of love. When someone cuss you out or cut you off in traffic, operate out of love and not hate.

10.  Make a prayer strategy.  The devil has a strategy against your life, make a strategy for your destiny and one that will avoid you being trapped in the yoke of bondage.  Make a strategy against the pits of Hell.

What weíve learned:

1.  The Yoke of Bondage is something that we put on ourselves.

2.  It is designed (say designed) itís made to enslave you and misguide.  And to rob you of everything by deceiving you to take your eyes off of God.

3.  You have to remember what condition you were in before you gave your life to Christ.  Remember that you were going to hell which Jesus described as a furnace of fire: where there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 

4.  Remember that Christ made us free as we saw in Galatians 5:1, so you donít have to go back into bondage unless we choose to.  His blood is sufficient.

5.  You have to stay in prayer fervently (never stopping) and if you donít know how to pray, you better seek God first and ask him to show you how.  Then seek counsel from this ministry.

6.  Bookmark Luke 10:19 because it reminds us that we have power and authority over evil.

7.   Stand with Jesus and yoke will began to fall off.  Be a witness for him and stop thinking only of yourself.  Go to heaven and get rewarded instead of having just fire insurance.  Bear fruit!

8.  Donít miss your destiny!

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Authorized Version rendered "yoke" is _motah_, which properly means a "staff,"
or as in the Revised Version, "bar." These words in the Hebrew are both used
figuratively of severe bondage, or affliction, or subjection (Lev. 26:13; 1
Kings 12:4; Isa. 47:6; Lam. 1:14; 3:27). In the New Testament the word "yoke"
is also used to denote servitude (Matt. 11:29, 30; Acts 15:10; Gal. 5:1).

of Israel in Egypt (Ex. 2:23, 25; 5), which is called the "house of bondage"
(13:3; 20:2). This word is used also with reference to the captivity in Babylon
(Isa. 14:3), and the oppression of the Persian king (Ezra 9:8, 9).

Romans 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.

Galatians 3:1 O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified? 2 This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? 3 Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?

We Are Not Under Bondage But Enjoy Liberty In Jesus Christ

Jesus shed His precious blood for us that we might be freed from the curse of the law. Churches destroy that liberty by placing members back under the bondage of unscriptural codes and rules. They deny the liberty that has been bought and paid for on the cross at Calvary. We are saved by faith and not by laws or the Ten Commandments. We are not to live by law at all. Christ has set us free from the law. We do not use the Ten Commandments as a law of life. This liberty does not mean we can blatantly break the Ten Commandments. God forbid. We are called to a higher level to live in love for one another and walk in the Spirit.

2 Corinthians 3:17 Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. 4:1 Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we do not lose heart. 2 But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God. 3 But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, 4 whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them. 5 For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus' sake. 6 For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Galatians 2:4 And this occurred because of false brethren secretly brought in (who came in by stealth to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage), 5 to whom we did not yield submission even for an hour, that the truth of the gospel might continue with you.

Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.

1 Peter 2:15 For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men-- 16 as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God.

1 Corinthians 7:23 You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men.

Colossians 2:20 Therefore, if you died with Christ from the basic principles of the world, why, as [though] living in the world, do you subject yourselves to regulations-- 21 "Do not touch, do not taste, do not handle," 22 which all concern things which perish with the using--according to the commandments and doctrines of men? 23 These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed religion, [false] humility, and neglect of the body, [but] [are] of no value against the indulgence of the flesh. 3:1 If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

Matthew 11:28 "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 "Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 "For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."

But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.   Isaiah 40:31 

Bad counsel from friends can give you a yoke of bondage.  They will lead you in a directionless manner.  Mankind is not even capable of knowing Godís understanding.  No one will ever know because when he created the world, according to Job 38: 4-7, only the angels know.  4 Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.

5 Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?

6 Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;

7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons (angels) of God shouted for joy?

If Job would have taken his friendsí bad advice, he would have had a yoke around his neck being steered into the wrong direction.  But instead, God restored him.

Look at Job 42:1-17

1 Then Job answered the LORD, and said,

2 I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee.

3 Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not.

4 Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.

5 I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.

6 Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.

7 And it was so, that after the LORD had spoken these words unto Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath.

8 Therefore take unto you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal with you after your folly, in that ye have not spoken of me the thing which is right, like my servant Job.

9 So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went, and did according as the LORD commanded them: the LORD also accepted Job.

10 And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.

11 Then came there unto him all his brethren, and all his sisters, and all they that had been of his acquaintance before, and did eat bread with him in his house: and they bemoaned him, and comforted him over all the evil that the LORD had brought upon him: every man also gave him a piece of money, and every one an earring of gold.

12 So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses.

13 He had also seven sons and three daughters.

14 And he called the name of the first, Jemima; and the name of the second, Kezia; and the name of the third, Kerenhappuch.

15 And in all the land were no women found so fair as the daughters of Job: and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren.

16 After this lived Job an hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons' sons, even four generations.

17 So Job died, being old and full of days.

God had to step in and show Job that Job was not in control of anything and Job had some friends who was giving him bad advice.  Instead of allowing Job to have a yoke of bondage, he gave him a way out.  Because Job repented and humbled himself before God, he was restored.  The Holy Ghost warns us of the same thing and we just donít listen.  Thatís how we get some of these yokes of bondage around our necks pulling us into the wrong direction.  Donít be directionless! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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