Summary: We need the anointing power of the Holy Ghost in our lives if we want to the yoke that the devil attempts of put on us destroyed.
THE ANOINTING BREAKS THE YOKE
By Pastor James May
It seems that the church is under an all-out attack from the powers of darkness. Everyone I speak to is experiencing new troubles, new attacks that they have never seen before. The devil knows that his time is short and he is doing all he can to destroy God’s people and to discourage them in their work for the Lord.
Every one of our churches is under this same duress. Not only is God doing a sifting process to make our lives pure and holy before him, but Satan desires to sift each of us like wheat, just as Jesus said to Peter, in Luke 22:31, "And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:"
My brothers and sisters, we cannot stand under the power of Satan’s sifting by ourselves. We must have the indwelling power of the Holy Ghost that gives us the power to be over comers in this life.
Isaiah 51:23, "But I will put it into the hand of them that afflict thee; which have said to thy soul, Bow down, that we may go over: and thou hast laid thy body as the ground, and as the street, to them that went over."
Never, in the history of mankind, has there been so much sin abounding in the earth. Satan is like the enemies of Israel who said to the Jews, Bow down to me, I’m going walk all over you. I’m going to use your life to accomplish my will. I’m going to use you as my stepping stones to defeat the Kingdom of God. I’m going to trample your life, stomp on your Jesus, and push your face into the mud of your sin.
All too often, God’s people do just exactly what the devil wants them to do. I see God’s people as they bow down before the devil. They may not know that’s what they are doing but that’s exactly what they are doing.
The devil shouts into your ear that you will never make it – you don’t have what it takes to live for Jesus. Do you know that Satan knows how to use God’s own words against you if you can’t discern his methods. He twists that word until he makes us believe what he wants us to believe. NO, we don’t have what it takes to live for Jesus within our own power. NO, we will never make it on our own.
But praise the Lord Jesus Christ and give glory to his wonderful name for we don’t have to bow down and let the devil trample all over us because we have the power through the anointing of the Holy Ghost that will break that yoke of fear that grips our hearts.
I know I can’t preach without Him! I know that I can’t do anything on my own, but bless the Lord, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me! I’ll not bow down and be a part of the devil’s pathway to destroy the church. I’ll not be a stepping-stone for him to trample under foot.
The devil has only one place in your life and that’s under the feet of Jesus Christ who lives inside of you!
Pastors, its easy to become discouraged sometimes when we seek our congregation shrinking instead of seeing it grow. It’s easy to get down, bow down, if you will, to the fear that Satan whispers in your ear that your church isn’t going to make it. The devil knows that if he can get you down in the dumps, discouraged and downhearted, and get your attitude to become negative toward the Lord, then he has effectively destroyed your faith in God’s ability to deliver and destroyed your church and your ministry.
My brothers and sisters, we cannot bow down and become a stepping-stone for the devil. We must stay on our faces before the Lord, seeking his face, seeking for revival, praying without ceasing, petal to the metal praying for the anointing that breaks the yoke of oppression, doubt and fear.
Young man and young woman, don’t let Satan make you to bow down before him. He will scream in your face to bow down and serve him. He will pass every temptation he can bring before you in an effort to draw your eyes off of Jesus. He will bring fear of failure to your heart and convince you that you will lose every enjoyment in your life. He will use your old friends to make your knees buckle, not in prayer to God, but in service to his will and to fulfill the desires of the flesh. Satan will send the hounds of hell after you to fill your life, your heart and your mind with every sin that hell can muster.