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ISAIAH 10 (NLT)

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In that day the LORD will end the bondage of his people. He will break the yoke of slavery and lift it from their shoulders.[d]

[d] Isaiah 10:27 As in Greek version; Hebrew reads The yoke will be broken, for you have grown so fat.

ISAIAH 11 (NKJV)

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It shall come to pass in that day
That his burden will be taken away from your shoulder,
And his yoke from your neck,
And the yoke will be destroyed because of the anointing oil.

I THANK GOD that God WILL always fulfill His Word. He WILL break the yoke of slavery and lift it from our shoulders.

Note the New Living Translation (NLT) note: The yoke will be broken, for you have grown so fat. Also note the translation in the New King James Version: And the yoke will be destroyed because of the anointing oil. I do not know what the connection is between “fatness” and “anointing oil”, but there must be a connection of clear understanding in the Hebrew meaning of the words “fat” or “fatness” and “anointing”

We have all we need in Christ. However, I was challenged yesterday: Are we willing to do whatever it takes to walk in the freedom Christ has purchased for us? Or… are we complacent? Are we saying we are content when, in reality, we are complacent?

GALATIANS 5 (The Message)

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Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you.

GALATIANS 5 (Amplified)\

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IN [this] freedom Christ has made us free [and completely liberated us]; stand fast then, and do not be hampered and held ensnared and submit again to a yoke of slavery [which you have once put off].

PSALM 56

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I trust in God, so why should I be afraid?
What can mere mortals do to me?

This makes me think of Joshua 1:5 which was quoted by the Holy Spirit in Hebrews 13:5 (Amplified)

Second part of verse
“…for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!].”

NOTICE HOW EMPHATIC AND ENERGETIC the Lord is in keeping His hold of LOVE on us!

Once we fully realize this with the eyes of our inner self, we will be completely free to live the FIRST PART OF Hebrews 13:5 (Amplified):

“Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money [including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions] and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]…”

MONEY IS NOT EVIL. It is amoral: neither good or bad.

THE LOVE OF MONEY is the root of evil. If our hearts are faithful, God can entrust us with resources to build His Kingdom?

Did you know that God needs us to invest in His Kingdom?

Do we realize – REALLY – that we are stewards and NOT owners? Once this is realized, this truly sets us free from greed. And we know that we CAN BE stewards when we are TRULY ESTABLISHED in the SECURITY OF GOD’S LOVE – because He is ALWAYS WITH US

Vance

Isaiah 10-11:16
I can’t seem to get verse 5-7 in the 10th chapter out of my head.

Isaiah 10:5-7 AMP Woe to the Assyrian, the rod of My anger, the staff in whose hand is My indignation and fury [against Israel's disobedience]! (6) I send [the Assyrian] against a hypocritical and godless nation and against the people of My wrath; I command him to take the spoil and to seize the prey and to tread them down like the mire in the streets. (7) However, this is not his intention [nor is the Assyrian aware that he is doing this at My bidding], neither does his mind so think and plan; but it is in his mind to destroy and cut off many nations.

It is so hard for us to think that God would use a godless nation to discipline another godless nation. However, when that godless nation is Israel, God’s chosen, then the one appointed by God to discipline His people surely must understand that what they are bringing about is not of their hands but is of God. Taking up another agenda other than the one God gives us is dangerous business.

Everything that happens, though it seems totally against the nature and character of God, will be used by God to bring about His purposes. We may be outside of God’s will and do things that are not of His will, yet God does not allow anything that is not part of His will.

II Corinthians 12:11-21

There is something in our nature that desires to struggle, yet not struggle. We love to tell others of our struggles, but we hate to struggle. We love to present our laundry list of abuses that has been heaped upon us, not as a testimony to encourage others, but as a badge to flaunt in front of others. “Look what I went through to do this for you.” Here we have Paul, who would not allow the church at Corinth to take care of his needs so he wouldn’t be a burden to them yet because of that he was shown disrespect. Yet those false teachers who abused them, they respected.

This does not and is not just an anomaly of the Church at Corinth; we can find this in our churches and in our homes. Why do we do it? Whatever it is that we humans have going on inside of us is probably the number one reason why people reject the Gospel as God has given it to us, freely as a gift. We feel we have to work for it and make us a long list of things we must do to earn it.

Matthew 11:28-30 KJVR Come unto me, all ye that labor 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.

We seem to have a problem with accepting an easy yoke and a light burden.


Psalm 56:1-13
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But when I am afraid,
I put my trust in you.

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O God, I praise your word.
I trust in God, so why should I be afraid?
What can mere mortals do to me?

To learn, really learn and know deep within ourselves that other than God we should fear no man. Fear is a consequence of the Fall of man. “I was afraid…I hid (Gen 3:10). But God, who is perfect love, cast out all fear. O, how I long to deepen my faith and trust so that I can leave fear back there in that garden.

Proverbs 22:6-8


Stay away from greedy people and don’t be greedy.


Grace and peace,
Ramona

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