For months now, God has been speaking to me about the deliverance that's taking place for many who have been under the wrong yokes. I shared previously about the season we are in—of God throwing new mantles upon us. But I have also sensed the need to share how necessary it is that we remove the counterfeit mantles and yokes that have been on us.
What Are Yokes?
What are yokes? Yokes are strongholds of the enemy sent to weigh us down and make us come under submission to the enemy, or another person other than Jesus. Jesus said, "For My yoke is easy and My burden is light" (Matthew 11:30).
Yokes are burdens we have allowed that don't come from Jesus. What I felt, though, when hearing this, was that God was referring specifically to the ties, spiritual contracts, vows and alignments with people that we have created or allowed. We don't always recognize heavy yokes until they become massive areas of compromise or giants in our lives. In the same way, when relationships become unequally weighted, they can cause a path diversion that is not obvious at first but, in the long run, can derail you and even your whole family's legacy.
Unequally yoked relationships take you away from the pure call of God on your life by serving the purpose of the other over obedience to the Lord. Through fear of man, insecurities and a longing to be accepted, we can easily begin to slowly adjust our vision to accommodate those who have a vested interest. Then, over time, we wonder why we are facing endless warfare, confusion and constant roadblocks to destiny doors.
What has happened? Control and witchcraft have entered into the equation, and something that may have started out pure has become distorted. A yoke that was once of equal weight has become a yoke of oppression and the source of demonic torment. The thing that at one time championed you to move forward has become your greatest opponent, and has felt like the hardest thing to deal with and shake.
Spiritual Spring Cleaning
Right now we are in a season of spiritual spring cleaning, and God is in protective mode over your life. He is leading you into yoke-breaking moments where He is confronting what has been out of balance in your life. He is addressing the places that used to be in harmony but are no longer working in synergy. He is dealing with the "swirl" that has been distracting you from what He wants you to build.
He is removing the claim that people have made over your life and destiny that are a violation and outside of God's authorization. He is tearing up the contracts and unspoken manipulation that would have you sell your birthright for moldy bread. He is addressing familiarity and the familiar spirits that come with it. He is reshaping your people and tribe and realigning you with equally-yoked covenant relationships so that you can't be tripped up going forward.
New Mantles Always Burn Away the Old Yoke
Look at the life of Elisha. As soon as Elijah threw his mantle upon him, Elisha went and slayed his oxen and burnt his plow and plow tools. The yoke was burned up! (Photo via Pexels)
"New mantle" seasons always feel intense because we are confronted with a burning-the-plow decision, and often we want the 'new' without having to burn the path behind us. It's about removing all backup plans and violently shaking off the tattered rags of a bygone era, assignment or role. It's about being obedient to the Lord by burning your old "plow" when He asks you to, and adjusting your life to accommodate the new thing. It means stepping into the unknown with no option of ever going back—which is daunting, and very uncomfortable. It's about recognizing the people and places that are no longer conducive to your calling, and then moving on.
Testing the Connection
As I was writing this out, I kept seeing a vision of a modem/internet router and hearing "Test the connection," like you would read in a troubleshooting manual. What if God is wanting us to stock-take every spiritual and relational connection right now to make sure it's working, sustainable and transmitting signal?
What does that mean?
Do your current relationships have a disconnect? Do you have lines that aren't transmitting life and connection back and forth? Any line that isn't doing this is potentially stealing from the power source and creating unnecessary issues.
What if God was the one testing these lines right now? What if He was the one rebooting our router and revealing to us what was no longer in synergy? We need to pay attention to them.
I'll Bring Alignment from Chaos
I believe that the other significant thing about right alignments is that they bring ALIGNMENT—nothing out of order. Alignment brings peace, but misalignment breeds chaos in our lives and homes. Does this mean there is something demonic about these alignments or people? No, not always. But if any yoke is unequal with yours, it creates a hiccup in the spirit that sends a ripple effect down the line.
I believe so many have been experiencing the spirit of chaos in their lives and homes as a fruit of not properly addressing misalignments and or/areas where readjustment is needed.
Defending the New Terms in Honor
Chaos comes when the elephant in room is not talked about. It is the perfect storm that the enemy can put an explosive bomb of offense where there wasn't one before, simply because expectations and growth were not addressed. The enemy loves to invade those spaces with hurt and assumption to end seasons and relationships badly, but they don't need to be that way! Have honest conversations. Operate in honor. Define the new terms and talk about areas of unmet expectations, taking responsibility for your own part in it.
We don't need to let the enemy have ground or make a battle out of a simple case of growth and seasonal upgrades. This is the tricky area. Not all that God closes is evil, but has simply expired. Yokes change as God moves people into different roles and capacities, so we have to look through that lens, or we will view all relational changes with contempt. We have to handle this well. People aren't our enemy. We must give honor, even when we feel dishonored. What no longer works isn't always a sign of compromise, but sometimes it's a sign of upgrade upon that person's life. Discernment is needed, but ultimately we have to be obedient to remove the yokes when it's time, then step into new alignments.
The War on Covenant
As I have been praying into this over the last few months, I have been hearing the Lord say, "Yokes war against covenant!"
Yokes are not only the counterfeit 'weight' or mantle, but they are also the counterfeit of true covenant. They often look like covenant, smell like covenant and feel like covenant, but they are nothing but bondage, impure motives and control. Yokes war against the family of God and the pure knitting of hearts needed to run together without agenda or guile.
On a global scale right now, the covenant is under fire. Marriages, homes, children and covenants with God are being contested and warred against by the enemy, but as we step out of yokes and into covenant, we will reveal God's heart to a world without a standard. That's right, God wants you to boldly step out of contracts and control and into the safety and purity of covenant.
There are areas right now in many people's lives that have shifted into the danger of control, but God is wanting us to adjust them back to covenant. This also means that wherever we have been out of relationship with Him personally, it's time to make a brand new covenant, and as we do, we will tear up the contracts and yokes we have been under. (Photo via Pixabay)
"It shall come to pass in that day that his burden will be taken away from your shoulder, and his yoke from your neck, and the yoke will be destroyed because of the anointing oil." (Isaiah 10:27)
A Major Spiritual Shift
Lastly, I believe that during this recent Passover, there was a major spiritual shift that began and is continuing to come upon the Church, especially for those who have been facing the endless tension of this process.
Homes have been under fire as the enemy has been working to keep families in bondage and experiencing the effects of their decisions and contracts. The word I hear is "UNCOVERED." Wrong yokes will expose you and uncover you, leaving you feeling ashamed and naked. But the yoke of the Lord will cover and protect you.
When the Israelites painted their doors with the blood of lambs, the angel of death that came to deal judgment to the firstborn of the land of Egypt PASSED OVER their homes, sparing the Israelites. We know that Jesus became our Passover Lamb, and today the Blood of Jesus is our safety and refuge from the enemy's agenda.
God is asking us to be re-covenanted with Him, come out from demonic yokes, and plead the Blood of Jesus over our lives and homes. As we do, there will be a noticeable shift and breaking of all false covenants and contracts we have made with people and places, and unknowingly with the enemy.
Steps to Re-covenant Yourself with Him
If you feel a conviction, do this right now before moving on:
â€¢ Hand over and renounce all old yokes, agreements and contracts to Jesus.
â€¢ Tear them up by faith.
â€¢ Repent of any contracts or vows made that He didn't ask you to make.
â€¢ Ask Him to break all yokes by the Blood of the Lamb.
â€¢ Make a fresh covenant with Him (individually and as a family).
â€¢ Take communion and seal it in with the Blood of the Lamb.
"...to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled Blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel." (Hebrews 12:24)
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Nate JohnstonÂ is a prophetic voice and worshiper who has a heart to see sons and daughters unleashed into passionate friendship with God and an effective supernatural lifestyle. Through his ministry school "Everyday Revivalists," he leads people from the basics of the Gospel through to being sent and released into their mission field, as well as championing and raising up emerging prophetic voices around the world. His burning cry and desire is to see the Body of Christ become a beacon for the lost by raising up a generation that walks in the love and power of God, representing Him well. Nate and his wife Christy have three daughters, Charlotte, Sophie, and Ava and live in Dallas, Texas.
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