by Eddie Snipes

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Seek the Lord with all your Heart (Part 2)
Eddie Snipes
June 2006

Seeking gives Freedom
It is ironic that from the world's perspective the Christian is in bondage when the true bondage comes from sin. In fact, we are all either under bondage to righteousness or to sin. The Bible explains in Romans 6:20-22
20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21 What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. 22 But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life.
Romans 6:17-18 17 But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. 18 And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.

The difference is with our master. Those who are under sin have a heartless and cruel master that seeks to oppress, entangle and destroy while we who belong to Christ have a compassionate master who states the following:
Matthew 11:28-30 28 "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 "Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 "For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."

Rather than having a master who lords over us, we have a Lord who labors with us. A
yoke is a harness used to join two oxen together. It is a wooden device contoured to fit around both oxen to prepare them for laboring in the field. The picture Christ is presenting is that we are yoked together with Him. Rather than carrying a heavy burden, we are joined to Him and since all strength belongs to Him, our burden becomes light. Keep in mind that Jesus is calling out to those who are under the heavy burden of the world. He calls those who are weighed down with the cares of this world to come and find rest in Him. O ...

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