Are you hungry for more? Notice it doesn’t say, “When you can’t take it anymore God will take the yoke off.” Nor did it say, “When you have suffered enough God will remove the yoke.” In fact, God is not even mentioned in this verse, but we find the words you or your mentioned three times.
Paraphrased, it could read, “When you’ve had enough, you will throw off your bondage. When you stopped blaming everyone else . . . stop feeling sorry for yourself . . . stop expecting a person or organization to help you . . . when you no longer look back . . . when you stop blaming God . . . when you are finally frustrated with the limitations of your yoke . . .and you are tired enough to get mad, then you’ll break free.”
I came to just such a place of restlessness in my life. A time when I was tired of pretending to be strong when I was weak. Tired of pretending to be free when I was bound. Tired of pretending to be happy when I was on the verge of a full-fledged depression. I was poised for a personal revival.
Revival comes to the restless. Those who refuse to believe this is all there is.
The authority of God is present in our lives whether we use it or not. God has given the High and holy name of Jesus. It is a privilege and honor to share His name and the dominion it carries. When we do not take our place in Him we leave the door open to the usurper. Our God-given authority is then used against us, not for us.
The Bible said Jesus took Satan’s authority when He stripped him of his keys and armor (Luke 11:22; Rev. 1:18). Therefore the authority Satan wields against us is what he tricks us into yielding.
He accuses, “You can’t use that weapon. You’re not clean or holy enough,” and he reminds us of past failures. If we assess ourselves by these standards, we discover we are weak and lacking in righteousness. If we listen and believe Satan’s lies we will lay aside our weapons.
Our covenant is not based on our ability or righteousness. It is based on Jesus’ triumph and His righteousness. Our covenant with God is one of grace built on better promises (Heb. 8:6). It is important that we honor and esteem it as such.
Always dare to believe there is more.
Lisa Bevere is an international speaker, bestselling author, and co-host of “The Messenger” television program, which broadcasts in more than 200 countries. She’ll be speaking at a number of Women of Faith From Survival to Revival events; click here to learn more.