Thursday, November 21, 2013

Lose the Ox!

Amos 3:3 says, "Can two walk together unless they are in agreement?"  It is so important to know the heart, integrity, character and the SPIRIT of those you are connected to! There is a warning in scripture not to be unequally yoked with those that are going in a different direction. That can apply to marriage partners, friendships, business relationships and even those with whom you fellowship. Partnerships of any kind, especially those in Christian fellowships, church relationships or ministry connections should be with like minded people with the same heart, going in the same spiritual direction otherwise you can find yourself unequally yoked and struggling under a burden you are not supposed to be dealing with. To be 'yoked together' is like a yoke placed on a team of oxen. They both shoulder the same burden. They pull together, not in different directions. They are not striving to each do their own thing, compete, or pull against one another. People that try to partner up with others that are prone to competition, division, or wrestling against one another is like carrying dead weight. You can't accomplish anything of value if you are constantly wrestling against one another or if you are too busy trying to deal with the burdens of unhealthy relationships. Those things detract from a person's ability to be fruitful and healthy. You cannot move forward if you are carrying dead weight. Some of you need to lose an ox! The 'seduction' and lies that originate from the enemy will try to influence you to retain the things that compromise your integrity, God's will for your life, and the path of faith. Faith surrenders all and says, "God, YOUR will be done. Lead me in the path of faith and help me to recognize where I need to let go and lose the ox!"

It's important to understand that those that are not of the same spirit don't have the same heart towards loyalty, either. When loyalty is tested, people often show signs of competition and jealousy which can lead to bullying, broken relationships and more unwanted problems - all because those people were not meant to be yoked together in the first place. We can all learn from relational difficulties, and we certainly can't run from all of them; but we can make choices to set healthy boundaries for ourselves and at at times when it's necessary - confront those things that warrant confrontation.

I feel that there are many people right now that are in that place of making difficult choices. It's a time of transition, coming to a crossroads, and making decisions where to go from here. I pray that each person would have the courage and conviction to confront whatever bullies may stand in their path. Sometimes you just need to stand your ground and challenge the bully regardless of the outcome. Because here's the truth: there is always someone more powerful than the current reigning bully, and above them is even higher authority. (Read Ecc. 5:8). God himself sees all.

Ecc. 8:9 "All this I saw, as I applied my mind to everything done under the sun. There is a time when a man lords it over others to his own hurt."

You can't move forward carrying baggage from your past. You can't fulfill the plans and purposes of God if you are not yoked together with the right people. It may mean leaving your comfort zone, confronting a person, situation or relationship that warrants confrontation - because God uses confrontation to bring about a turn of events that couldn't have occurred otherwise. Be strong and of good courage. The Lord your God is with you and will lead you in the path He has prepared for you!

"Behold, I send an Angel before you to keep you in the way and to bring you into the place which I have prepared." Ex. 23:20. 

So be it, Lord! Let your angels lead us, O God! Take us by the hand and lead us into the place you have prepared for us. In Jesus name, Amen.  

Here is a great motivational song by Brit Nicole. Enjoy...and let your light shine!

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