“9 I (Jesus) am the door: by Me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
10 The thief comes not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:9-10
Regrettably the world and much of the modern church live under the iron yoke of satan. The world lives under satan’s yoke for obvious reasons; their rejection of Jesus. It is because they are lost that they reject Jesus. The sinner must choose to believe in the atoning work of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit will then give them the faith to believe. It is the faith of a mustard seed but can grow into a mighty tree when authored and finished by the Lord Jesus Christ (Hebrews 12:2, Luke 13:19, Matthew 17:20). However, until the lost choose to believe upon the Lord Jesus Christ, they remain under satan’s iron yoke.
For the religious (some Believers and some not), the devil has stolen their peace, life, joy, hope and most importantly, he has stolen their faith. Make no mistake…the Believer’s faith is satan’s bullseye. If he can replace our faith in the Atonement to break the power of sin in our life, the devil will then have rights to us. Sin is what gives satan a legal right to the Believer.
“For sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are not under the law, but under Grace.” Romans 6:14
When we turn to laws, no matter the law (40 days of purpose, 21 days of fasting, hail mary’s or any other religious regimens) to overthrow sin, we have turned to law and made the Atonement (Grace) of no effect.
“26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the Truth, there remains no more Sacrifice for sins, 27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.” Hebrews 10:26-27.
The “willful sin” is the transference of our faith from Jesus Christ and Him crucified to other things, namely other things to overcome the world, the flesh and the devil. When we (Believers) reject God’s way of victory and seek other methods to atone for our sin, we too come under the iron yoke of satan and he steals, kills and destroys our peace, joy, hope and faith. This willful sin, the transference of our faith from Grace to law for dominion over sin, is deceitful…it does not come with a red flag. Just as Eve was seduced in the Garden of Eden, so too are we.
“13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which says, By hearing you shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing you shall see, and shall not perceive:
15 For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.” Matthew 13:13-16
Blessed are the eyes that see and the ears that hear what the Spirit of the Lord is saying to the church. Jesus Christ came to give life and life more abundantly to whosoever will believe. Has satan stolen your faith in Grace, Jesus Christ and Him crucified, and charmed you into believing another way other than God’s way for dominion over sin? Is your peace, joy and hope failing you? Have you fallen under satan’s iron yoke? If the answer is yes, you are not the first and unfortunately, you will not be the last. The devil has been beguiling God’s Children since the Garden of Eden…that’s what he does.
What I want you to know is this, there is still room at the Cross for you today; there IS life and life more abundantly in the atoning work of Jesus Christ.
“28 Come unto Me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take My Yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest unto your souls.
30 For My Yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30.
-Donna Clark Warren