Isaiah 10:27-32 by Pastor Don
Pastor Don continues to speak about the anointing and how it can lift off burdens, this is an important topic, and well worth repeating because we all have strongholds and burdens that need lifting off.
Isaiah 10:27 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.
The yoke was used to hold the ox and control it’s movements. The oxen could not look left or right when the yoke was on their shoulders, they also couldn’t look up or down. They could only look in the direction the ox driver pointed them.
Is our life led by circumstances? The devil gets us to focus on our circumstances and the patterns that we have accepted in our lives are like the yokes on the ox. These yokes are emotional triggers, habitual triggers and baggage that we carry from our past into our present. There are situations we have experienced as a child that affect our lives.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
When we are born again old things have passed away, but many of us still hold on to those old things. It can take us a few years before we get over our stuff, and old patterns are still there in the flesh, patterns that need to be changed and will be changed if we practice our faith.
We want to be more like Christ and then the circumstances and yokes that bind us will be removed.
Pastor Don mentioned that other gods do not do what God can do to remove burdens off of people. He pointed out that if allah was greater than God, how come most of the people in the Arab countries struggle to survive when there is so much oil in the region, where is the help for those people?
If we tell the truth we would honestly say there is a yoke in our lives that we cannot seem to take off. The devil makes us think everything is from us, so we stay in bondage. Pastor Don said, “It’s no yoke (joke).”
The anointing oil can help us to remove the bondage. The yoke is carried around the neck, and if the oil is applied it will cause the neck to swell and break or destroy the yoke.
Deuteronomy 32:15 But Jeshurun grew fat and kicked; you grew fat, you grew thick, you are obese! Then he forsook God who made him, and scornfully esteemed the Rock of his salvation.
It is fatness that destroys the yoke. Sit under the Word and read the Word. It is not just the spoken Word, but when the Spirit and the Word come together fatness occurs. God feeds us and we get fat, and that fatness is what the anointing oil is talking about. The Word isn’t just to make us feel good, but it is to improve our lives. The Word, the water of the Word, the Living Water is what brings the anointing.
John 3:5 Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
1 Peter 1:23 having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever
Ephesians 5:26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word,
The Bible is its own dictionary, so we are washed by the Water of the Word. Water is a symbol for the Word and God’s anointing flows like water.
Romans 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Faith comes by hearing. When we speak the Word we hear rivers of living water. We can drink in the water and the power of the Word and get fat on the Word, so that it becomes our lifestyle.
Pastor Don tells us to take in the Water of the Word, listen to it, memorize it, hide it in our hearts, don’t wait for our lives to blow up, begin now to put the Word into our lives so, when troubles come, the Word comes out.
If the ox gets fatter, he will destroy the yoke. We can make a mistake, but if we are fat on the Word and take a detour, it won’t take us long to get back to God’s best for our lives. Where the Church has made a mistake today is getting away from the literal Word of God. If we give out the Word of God, the devil’s yokes break off. We don’t have to struggle against addiction, fears, strongholds. Just fill yourself with the Word and the strongholds are crowded out of our lives.
Pastor Don often gives the example of a glass of dirty water. To get the water clean, pour clean water in and cause the water in the glass to overflow, enough clean water into the glass and the dirty water will be washed out to the point that you can drink the clean water in the glass. As we put the Word of God in our life, our lifestyles will change.
The power of the Pure Water of the Word washes out the dirt. The Word of God goes in and sin and garbage flows out. Let the light shine and the darkness will flee. The yokes of life are broken.
A day will come when reason and truth will enter and your sin will lose it’s power. Just fall in love with Jesus and your desire will be to not disappoint Him with sin.
Isaiah 10:28-29 He has come to Aiath, he has passed Migron; at Michmash he has attended to his equipment. They have gone along the ridge, they have taken up lodging at Geba. Ramah is afraid, Gibeah of Saul has fled.
The anointing destroys the yoke. When we are attacked by the devil, the enemy, we want to be in a position that he has to figure out what to do with us, because we have put aside what the devil thinks are the important things, and we no longer see those as treasures. Your value system changes when you get the revelation of Christ.
Pastor Don spoke of a person who was visiting our church, sitting in the back, and Pastor went up to him and said, “If you have the courage to walk 37 feet to the front of the church you will meet God.” The man ultimately walked to the front of the church and God touched his life. This man was a power lifter, and yet when he walked to the front of the church, God dropped him like a brick.
Another person who came to our church was a drug dealer who had a gold Cadillac and he loved his car. He told Pastor Don that his car wouldn’t run when he brought it to the church parking lot. God would not fix the car which was acquired with drug money.
The Lord will bring down all the high places in our lives, all the idols. When we get to Michmash to attend to treasures, we need to identify what are the real treasures and attend to them. Ramah and Gebeah are high places with idol altars and treasures.
God will destroy the yoke, change the value system, and reconnect us with new value systems. He loves us so much that He is not going to leave us where we are at.
One of our members was very concerned with his dress. One day he gave a pair of leather gloves that were important to him to Pastor Don. Pastor Don held onto and used them from time to time. When we give things that we value to the priest of God, God returns a blessing.
God changes our value system, and when we come to church we find ourselves wanting to dress and do things that are pleasing to God. Pastor Don told us that he had a wonderful car, a 1987 Grand Marquise car that he loved, but it was beat up and looked in bad shape – the engine was good but the appearance was not. One of the members suggested to Pastor Don that he get a car that better represented God, and he realized the truth of that advice. If you are teaching prosperity and faith, your life needs to look as if you are prospering. The sad thing is that Pastor has gone through several more cars but that Grand Marquise is still running strong for the member he gave it to.
Paul said that he would present himself in a way that would appeal to the Greek, the Jew, and Gentiles, in any way that would get them to come to the Lord. That needs to be our ultimate purpose. We can be all things to all people, but godly things. We don’t lower ourselves to do ungodly things to attract people.
Pastor Don said, “Favor ain’t fair but I’m glad it’s there.”
In the process of breaking the yoke, it will take down our high places. We put God’s will in place of our desires, and then God is in position to trust and bless us. One of our biggest idols is pride.
We can let pride get in the way of our blessing, or use pride to bargain with God. “I’ll join your church if…” We don’t join a church to be served, but to serve. We need to pick places we want to flee from, God will not promote you when you are carrying baggage from your past. He will not put you in a place that will establish other idols in His place.
Sometimes we hear from God in dreams and visions, but God wants to speak to you more than just through dreams and visions. We need a balanced diet of the Word. Some churches are missions churches, others are deliverance churches, some churches have a heart for foreign missions, and it is good that a church has a focus, but it cannot be all that a particular church is about, there needs to be a balanced program that feeds the people the whole Word of God.
Isaiah 10:30-32 Lift up your voice, O daughter of Gallim! Cause it to be heard as far as Laish—O poor Anathoth! Madmenah has fled, the inhabitants of Gebim seek refuge. As yet he will remain at Nob that day; He will shake his fist at the mount of the daughter of Zion, the hill of Jerusalem.
When the yoke is broken the devil is not happy and he will do everything he can to get you back into bondage. If you are saved, don’t think that the devil has lost your address. He’s Googled you. There is a disturbance in the realm of the spirit. There will be a series of possibilities and potentials that will be sent to steer you off course. We need to be able to withstand evil in the day of attack.
When lucifer was kicked out of Heaven, 1/3 of the angels chose to go with him. But the angels that went with lucifer are outnumbered 2 to 1. We need to remember this. There are more WITH us than against us. We make mistakes not to fight the devil. Jesus says to go forth and fight.
But we also need to realize that not all the problems we have come from the devil, our flesh and feelings cause us problems as well. We have to grow up.
We continued with Isaiah 11, but I will share that in my next post.
Praying your day is blessed!
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