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    LORD, take your yoke off me!

    I am blessed in most ways,
    and I thank you for that, LORD.
    Yet I find myself surrounded by death.
    I cannot relax.
    Where is hope?

    Have you put me in the world to be a sacrifice?
    To let the cold-hearted tread over me?
    I have no power.

    You say the meek shall inherit the earth,
    but I am seduced by self-destruction.
    I am a self-sodomite. I am an indulger.
    Have you abandoned me?

    Yet I gave up my prosperity.
    I gave up my gifts to experience, and in the end, repent.
    I give up my life.

    Lead me into the abyss along with them!
    I said, "I shall learn from experience,
    and save them by earning their trust"

    My heart cries for the slowly dying, and I cannot dry these tears.
    You are distant, they are near, I mustn't abandon them.

    Do not forsake me, LORD, and forgive them and me also.
    This world is the kingdom of darkness and pain.
    Take the fear, and put it far from me.
    For I am rotting; is there an end to me being tossed about?
    You know these people who I must help;
    they do not wish to be helped, yet they are burning.

    This is my mission, and my salvation.
    I cannot stop this phrase in my prayers,
    "take the yoke off me"
    for the written word puts me in chains,
    yet the words of those around me illuminate the likeness of a child in them.

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    Re: LORD, take your yoke off me!

    If you're feeling burdened, I'd say it's not Jesus' yoke at all.

    Matthew 11:28-30

    28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
    9 Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. 10 So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith. - Galatians 6:9-10 NASB

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    Re: LORD, take your yoke off me!

    I struggled with this as well. The feeling as if I was continually fighting but I didn't understand how or what. I was tired. I knew I was a Christian, that I believed, that I had asked Jesus into my heart.. but still the fight.

    I had accepted Jesus into my heart, but I was not fully following his word - hence the fight. I had made idols out of my work, my facebook, and likely a few others as well. I think now how God, who was yolked to me, was squirming and fuming each time I was a braggard on social media. I think of his weeping when I put work a higher priority than my family. I think of his disgust of my toil to 'get ahead' of him shaking his head knowing it was all meaningless. And he was stuck with me, because I asked.

    God is almighty - he doesn't budge on his boundaries. So I'm chafing to try to get further away, and he is sad and this relationship we have together could be so much more if only I would see. So he brings pain, and finally I turn, surrender and say ok.

    It's not quick, it's not immediate, but like the mustard seed it starts. The results are unlike anything! Keep at it and prayers and God bless.

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    Re: LORD, take your yoke off me!

    Quote Originally Posted by Translucent1 View Post
    I am blessed in most ways,
    and I thank you for that, LORD.
    Yet I find myself surrounded by death.
    I cannot relax.
    Where is hope?

    Have you put me in the world to be a sacrifice?
    To let the cold-hearted tread over me?
    I have no power.

    You say the meek shall inherit the earth,
    but I am seduced by self-destruction.
    I am a self-sodomite. I am an indulger.
    Have you abandoned me?

    Yet I gave up my prosperity.
    I gave up my gifts to experience, and in the end, repent.
    I give up my life.

    Lead me into the abyss along with them!
    I said, "I shall learn from experience,
    and save them by earning their trust"

    My heart cries for the slowly dying, and I cannot dry these tears.
    You are distant, they are near, I mustn't abandon them.

    Do not forsake me, LORD, and forgive them and me also.
    This world is the kingdom of darkness and pain.
    Take the fear, and put it far from me.
    For I am rotting; is there an end to me being tossed about?
    You know these people who I must help;
    they do not wish to be helped, yet they are burning.

    This is my mission, and my salvation.
    I cannot stop this phrase in my prayers,
    "take the yoke off me"
    for the written word puts me in chains,
    yet the words of those around me illuminate the likeness of a child in them.
    Sounds like you've been listening to heavy metal..

    Try reading this instead..

    http://www.biblebelievers.com/foxes/findex.htm


    Jude
    “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.”

    ― Jim Elliot


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    Re: LORD, take your yoke off me!

    Only God Can Change A Heart

    "A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh. And I will put My Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in My Statutes, and ye shall keep My Judgments, and do them... Without Me ye can do nothing"
    (Ezekiel 36:26-27; John 15:5).

    Man's efforts to redeem himself bring to fruition only "vanity and vexation". "Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labor that I had labored to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun" (Ecclessiastes 2:11).

    But with the LORD as man's Source of Strength and Wisdom, he "bringeth forth his fruit in his season... and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper" (Psalm 1:3). "For God giveth to a man that is good in His sight Wisdom, and Knowledge, and Joy: but to the sinner he giveth travail, to gather and to heap up, that he may give to him that is good before God" (Ecclessiastes 2:26). Things which are "impossible with men are possible with God" (Luke 18:27), for "with God ALL things are possible" (Mark 10:27).

    But when one of the LORD's people knows how to plead the Promises of the Word of God as a mighty praying warrior, an intercessor, whether they be a spouse, a child, a friend, or even a stranger, bringing the name and destiny of a needy soul before the Father's Throne, with our Most Holy Advocate (1John 2:1) and Divine Intercessor (Romans 8:34)-- "Jesus Christ the Righteous" (1John 2:1)-- Himself, presenting the case in the Absolute Language of God's Own Word-- then "HE CANNOT DENY HIMSELF" (2Timothy 2:13).

    "The Words that I speak unto you I speak not of Myself:
    but the Father that dwelleth in Me,
    He doeth the Works"
    (John 14:10).

    None of us can overcome our sins and shortcomings without God’s help. Even if we could by our own will alter our actions, only God can change our hearts.

    This is why Paul appealed to members of the church in Rome not to be “conformed to this world, but [to] be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:1-2) through the power of God’s Spirit.

    We cannot succeed at living a converted life strictly through our own efforts. We succeed through the use of God’s power and help. Therefore, the glory and credit go to Him.

    To imitate Christ we must ask God for help, through His Spirit, so we can bring our thoughts, attitudes and actions in line with His. We must allow His Spirit to become the guiding force in our lives to produce the qualities of true Christianity. We must ask ourselves whether we are truly being led by God’s Spirit or are we resisting it.

    https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tool...ly-spirit-gods

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