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Daughter of the King - born from above in 1989.

Deborah grew up in a military family and moved to Florida in the early 1970's.  She began her journey of creative writing soon after coming to know Jesus as her personal Savior. Her primary goal is to share her personal testimony with others while bringing hope and practical help through her writing.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Weary? Take On His Yoke

Are you weary and disillusioned about a promise God made to you?  Are you burdened for a loved one or a situation beyond your control? Often we begin to lose hope, and holding onto your promise can be difficult. Time continues to go by with little or no confirmation of what you were sure of in your spirit.  Those are the days when you cry out to God and ask Him for more grace and more faith.  His Word breathes life back into us as He gently lifts our head. 

If you are tired and worn out, submit to Jesus and get under His Yoke of direction.  Let Him properly place it on you so that you may come along side Him in your life’s journey.  Ready yourself for a new path forward that is free from struggle and missteps.  Have a mindset of being equally yoked.

So, what exactly is a yoke and how does it pertain to us in our relationship with Jesus? 

A yoke, also known as an oxbow, is a bar of wood so constructed as to unite two animals, usually oxen, enabling them to work in the fields together – side by side.  It is often custom fitted for comfort.

In the New Testament, the Apostle Paul often said he was a bondservant to the Lord Jesus, implying he was yoked to Him in service.  Paul also admonishes believers not to be yoked with unbelievers in marriage– as it is a picture of the spiritual struggle that will ensue.  Two cannot walk as one when they are spiritually mismatched.

A yoke was also used figuratively in the sense of servitude or bondage.  After He reproached the cities in which He was rejected, Jesus extended an invitation to any and all who would respond, saying, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden [weary], and I will give you rest. 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. For, My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

There are four (4) action verbs in Matthew 11:28-30 - come, take, learn, and find

Come implies an invitation – a bidding to move away from your previous position.
Take implies a voluntary decision to receive something
Learn implies the beginning of a new mindset or way of doing things.
Find implies the discovery of something unknown or previously unrecognized

The Pharisees had put unnecessary burdens on men that were “impossible” to bear.  The people were looking for relief from the oppression they were under from trying to keep the Law.  A feeling of weariness and exhaustion begins to creep in when you are under pressure to perform.  I John 5:3 says “…His commandments are not burdensome.”  Being yoked to our Lord in submission relieves the burden of having to choose which path to follow.  His yoke is “easy” because He and the Father are One.  He invites us to take up His yoke and join Him in His divine purpose, which in turn relieves our striving and struggle. Learning from the Master prepares us to come along side Him and work in perfect unison.  We no longer stumble under a load that is unbearable.

In the classic book The Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan says this in his first chapter: “So I saw in my dream, that just as Christian came up with the Cross, his burden loosed from off his shoulders, and fell from off his back… Then was Christian glad and lightsome…”  When we let go of our burdens and take up Christ’s yoke, it is easier and not cumbersome. It gives us a sigh of relief and a soulful rest like none other.  Christ’s example of endurance in the face of hostility from a lost world is our hope.  Hebrews 12:3 declares, “For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.”

In his commentary, Matthew Henry states in regards to taking up your yoke: “The rest He promises is a release from the drudgery of sin, not from the service of God. To call those who are weary and heavy laden, to take a yoke upon them, looks like adding affliction to the afflicted; but the pertinence of it lies in the words of Jesus to take up His yoke, which is easy.”

Yoke yourself to Christ and let Him lead you in the paths of righteousness and peaceful submission.  He is gentle and loving and trustworthy.  Our souls will prosper when we are conformed to His perfect will.

The following poem was written by me in April of 1998 during an intense time of prayer and intercession. I believe its prophetic message was given to me as an encouragement during the wait.  Be blessed…     
                                                
  Your Husband - My gift to you

Daughter of Mine, come close
and listen to Me.
I chose you first.
My strength is made perfect in your weakness.
Your husband is my workmanship.
I have ordained this marriage.
It is a divine joining
- a partnership
“till death do you part.”

My grace is sufficient for you.
Do not take offense.
His actions are not governed by My spirit.
He does not yet know Me as you do.
You are the apple of My eye;
it is my good pleasure
to give you the desires of your heart.
That would be your husband - would it not?

Your obedience to Me and your humbleness
in the face of heartbreak are your sacrificial
offering to Me - one in which I treasure.
I am your husband now, for awhile.  Let me comfort and love you.

Daughter, take heart.  You are not forgotten.
Can you see him?  I am creating in him a new man;
in My likenessBe patient…  Trust Me…  Wait.

“For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife…”“For how do you know, O wife, whether you will save your husband?” (I Corinthians 7: 14, 16)










Deborah is the author of a Christian non-fiction book titled “Mission Possible”.  It is written for women who love the Lord Jesus, but their spouse doesn’t share their passion.  It will encourage and challenge the reader to embrace God’s promises for their spouse and future together. 

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9 comments:

  1. Your post is a blessing, I really like the poem.
    Thanks for the encouragement,
    Julie

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  2. That's nice poem. Love to read it. Following you through your posts


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  3. Julie - Thanks for stopping by! So glad you find my post encouraging. God is good! :)

    Julia - I appreciate your kind words about the poem. God gave me that poem to write 13 years ago. It was my love letter from Him to me during a difficult time in our marriage. Thanks for visiting my blog. :)

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  4. Your post, especially the poem answered a question I had been asking God only this morning. Thank you for heading His prompting to post this.

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  5. You bless me Cecilia with your sweet remarks! I love when God prompts me to take a certain direction with my posts! Thanks! :)

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  6. Wonderful post, Deborah. And the poem is so encouraging. Bless you!

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  7. Thank you my sweet friend Lynn! I'm so glad you enjoyed the post and the poem God gave to me many years ago...

    Blessings,

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  8. That's the great article. I love your blog. you said correctly. hope my spouse think as is.


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  9. Thanks for your comments Jimee! I'm glad it blessed you - I often need to ask Jesus to take my burden and help me in my weariness. Praying for you to have a blessed Christmas & prosperous New Year ahead...

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