How do we conquer oppression? When it affects us, it’s so crushing we feel as though we are under a truck. We find ourselves stuck, unable to lift it off and incapacitated by its overpowering presence.
Under such weight, we might not recognize what’s happening. What is wrong with us? Why is it difficult to function? Why are we not walking in love, joy and peace and suddenly experiencing the opposite? Because we are under spiritual attack! Many things happen in our lives that may cause worry, fear and discouragement. The difference with spiritual oppression is that every area of our lives is affected. Despair, depression and fear are intensified and lead us to isolate ourselves. The moment we become aware we are under spiritual oppression, we can only reclaim our freedom by reaching out to the Lord.
First we reach out to the Lord’s hand of deliverance. We lay hold of His Saving Word. He shows us who to call upon for prayer. We also are lifted up out of our place of oppression as we pray for others in need. In the midst of our situation we look around us for those who need a helping hand. When we are weak, God is strong. The enemy cannot hold us down when we hold someone else up. We reach above and beyond, from glory to glory!
1 Kings 19:9 “And there he went into a cave, and spent the night in that place; and behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and He said to him, ‘What are you doing here, Elijah?’”