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Devotional - week of October 30, 2011


YOKE IS EASY BURDEN IS LIGHT

 

So it shall be, when the Lord your God brings you into the land of which He swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give you large and beautiful cities which you did not build, houses full of all good things, which you did not fill, hewn-out wells which you did not dig, vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant. Deuteronomy 6:10-12

 

Moses spoke these words to the Israelites before they entered the Promised Land.

 

Many years later, almost these same words were uttered in a prayer for those who had returned from captivity in Babylon. That portion of the prayer was:

 

They captured fortified cities and fertile land; they took possession of houses filled with all kinds of good things, wells already dug, vineyards, olive groves and fruit trees in abundance. They ate to the full and were well-nourished; they reveled in your great goodness. Nehemiah 9:25

 

 These two passages present a beautiful picture of the freedoms believers have when we walk in the Spirit. When we walk in the Spirit, we are freed from the burden of making decisions because we are living a life of response to the leadership of the Holy Spirit.

 

The life of the church following the day of Pentecost reveals to Christian leaders that they could be free of the burden of “motivation.” That is the work of the Holy Spirit. We easily and joyfully lead people to salvation when the Holy Spirit has prepared them for the experience.

 

These are a few of the freedoms we have when we walk in the Spirit. Our “yoke is easy and our burden light.”