It’s the anointing or power of the Holy Spirit that breaks the yoke of bondage. The yoke is anything that binds you. It can be sickness, bad habits, or demonic activity. But the yoke of bondage will be destroyed because of the anointing (Isa. 10:27)!
The anointing of the Holy Spirit is on God’s Word. John 8:32 says that the truth—God’s Word—shall set you free. You might say, “But I thought it was the anointing that breaks the yoke.” That’s true, but Jesus said His words are spirit and life (John 6:63). The Word of God is anointed by the Spirit of God. That’s the reason the truth of the Word will set you free.
Jesus made this request of His Father in John 17:17: “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” So the Word and truth are interchangeable terms. This means we could read John 8:32 as, “You shall know the Word, and the Word shall make you free.”
I feel sorry for Christians who don’t know the Word. You see them throughout the Body of Christ—bound up, failing, and stumbling by the wayside. God said, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6). Another way to say it is, “God’s people are destroyed for lack of knowledge of the truth of His Word.” But when people possess the knowledge of the truth in God’s Word, they won’t be destroyed any longer.
All of our praying, shouting, and jumping—or whatever we’re doing—needs to be in line with God’s Word because God has magnified His Word above His Name (Ps. 138:2). If we’re not careful, we can substitute a lot of things that may seem good and legitimate for the Word of God.
We need to simply look to the Word of God and do what it says. Agree with it. Side in with the Word, not against it.
Once when I was fasting, the Lord gave me John 8:32. Jesus said to me, “People might receive temporary help and get blessed momentarily because they are honest and they’re seeking Me. But the only thing that will permanently bless people is to know the truth of My Word.”
The Word is anointed by the Holy Spirit. And when you know God’s Word, that anointed Word will permanently bless you by setting you free! No matter what the circumstances are, no matter what you face in life, train yourself to always ask, “What does the Word say about it?” In other words, put the Word first!
If you don’t know the Word, then you are in trouble. You’ll remain in bondage, for it is knowledge of the Word that makes you free.
Our problem much of the time is, we are looking for someone else to make us free. Instead of looking to the Word and trusting in Jesus, we look to and trust in people. But we should be looking to Jesus. He has already won the victory! The Word tells us that deliverance from all the power of the enemy already belongs to us through Christ (Luke 10:19; Col. 1:13).
Through the Holy Spirit, God has given us the Bible so that knowledge of what He has done for us can set us free. For example, to set us free from sickness and disease, the Bible tells us, “Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses” (Matt. 8:17), and “by whose stripes ye were healed” (1 Peter 2:24).
We need to simply look to the Word of God and do what it says. Agree with it. Side in with the Word, not against it. It is only knowledge of the anointed Word that will set us free.
Many people miss it when it comes to healing. If they’re not immediately healed 100 percent, they say, “I didn’t get anything.” They turn the switch of faith off if there isn’t an instant, total manifestation of healing. But they need to know the truth about healing.
The Word teaches us that a healing which takes place over a period of time is also miraculous. The Bible records the gradual healing of the nobleman’s son (John 4:46–53). And it says this was the second miracle Jesus did in Cana of Galilee (v. 54).
I remember after I was healed, I didn’t look any different than I did before I was healed. I weighed just 89 pounds. Naturally, I was terribly weak because I had been bedfast for 16 months.
My heart seemed to beat normally. But if I exerted myself even a little, it would start pounding. I was just a skeleton with a little skin stretched over the bones. I didn’t look healed. But thank God, I began to amend from the hour I believed I was healed. And that was a miracle!
Keep the switch of faith turned on. In other words, learn what the Word promises you, and then believe and act on your knowledge of the truth. Don’t give up just because in the natural it looks like your faith isn’t working. Believe that what God has spoken in His Word is true. Continue to act on your knowledge of the Word in faith and it will become a reality in your life.
People see the sick being healed instantly when the healing anointing is in manifestation, and they think it should work that way with everyone, every time. But we need to be ready and willing to follow God’s leading, whatever He wants us to do.
If you say, “But I want God to do it my way,” you are setting yourself up for a downfall. Doing things our way only keeps us in bondage. It’s the knowledge of God’s truth that sets us free. That knowledge is the only thing that will permanently bless people.
When you know the Word and do it, you won’t need to look to people to set you free. The anointed Word will break every yoke of bondage, no matter what your need is.
So put God’s Word first. Despite what comes in life, train yourself to ask, “What does God’s Word say about it?” Then act upon the knowledge of that truth and watch it set you free!
Faith IN ACTION
The Anointing Breaks the Yoke
Faith gives action to the anointing, or the power of God. Without faith to activate the anointing, nothing will happen. Whatever you are believing God for, mix faith with it. Exercise your faith and watch God work on your behalf as His anointing breaks every yoke of bondage!
Kenneth E. Hagin
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