Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that we are not to be unequally yoked with unbelievers. The message here, goes much deeper than just religion or religious law, though.
The scripture about being unequally yoked with unbelievers, is found in 2 Corinthians 6:14. But if you look in Deuteronomy 2:10, you’ll see it this way: “Do not plow with an ox and a donkey yoked together.” That tells us something about cooperation or being like minded. An oxen is docile and plows readily; it’s easily handled. A donkey, on the other hand, has a mind of its own. You may have to cajole and pull and bribe that critter to get it to do what you want it to. Otherwise, your row is not getting hoed! There’s also a revelation about temperament and/or personality compatibility there.
Let’s move on to something Jesus said. “”No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” This tells us something about motives, purposes, agendas, etc. Selfishness is addressed here as well. Are you serving yourself, or are you serving God, the cause, the vision, the greater good, etc.? Are you working that job because you feel you’re called to do that kind of work? Are you working that job because the money is good? There’s nothing wrong with getting paid well. But, keep in mind that there’s a difference between money and wealth, between mental, emotional, and spiritual fulfillment and meeting material needs. That’s the difference between life and existence or survival. We can really get into some deep and very dark places if we allow ourselves to become confused about this stuff. If you’re somewhere to serve yourself, or just to meet your material needs, you may be setting yourself up for disappointment. Job stress is one of the most frequent stresses seen in the working class. There’s also a lesson here about being careful who we surround ourselves with, and whom we choose as teammates. Clearly, if the person you’re working with isn’t on the same wavelength as far as vision, agenda, and dedication or passion, it’s very likely going you’ll have problems.
Finally, there’s the scripture about sowing two kinds of seed, etc.. (Leviticus 19:19) We can see clearly here, this speaks of one negating the other. Deuteronomy 22:9 tells us sowing two kinds of seed in the same vineyard may defile both the crop and the harvest. A spiritual example here would be if I, say, a shopaholic, decide to spend the entire day in the Mall, just window shopping… First mistake: I’m sowing temptation by going to the mall. Second: I’m choking off any good seed (progress) I’ve made by window shopping. I have set myself up for failure. The harvest of this little vineyard, unless I run like a bat out of hell with the devil behind me, will be a bunch more clothes that I really don’t need, a blown budget, and a maxed out credit card, if I really splurged-which shopaholics tend to do. Another example is to tell a kid that he/she can’t have a sweet snack before dinner, and then pop a toaster strudel into the toaster for yourself…and especially if you’re trying to lose weight. You’re sending mixed messages to your child. That’s confusing, and it also sets the stage for disrespect from that child because you’re sabotaging yourself. When I caught these revelations in my spirit, I became so much stronger in regard to boundaries and standards. I also learned that being selective is my responsibility as well as my right; especially if I want to succeed, or to progress.
Love you from Cafe du Mondieu Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, April 14, 2019, 2:40 p.m.