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?’”
Intimidation is one of the ways the enemy tries to hinder the people of God from doing what the Lord is leading them to do. Intimidation means to persuade or dissuade by frightening; to frighten somebody into doing or not doing something. It creates a feeling of fear, awe or inadequacy in another person. It leads someone to look at themselves and be paralyzed by fear as their lives are threatened.
When we sense intimidation rising up, we quickly turn our focus on the Lord. He has not given us a spirit of timidity, or fear, but a spirit of power, love and a sound mind. We come against the spirit of fear. It is a spirit and we have the authority in the name of Jesus to command it to go. This spirit is not easily detected and oppression can come in quickly before people recognize and stand against it. This spirit of fear can also come with depression and when it controls the soul, it can be overwhelming.
At times when the spirit of fear is difficult to combat, the Spirit of Christ who dwells in us will raise us up in victory. The love, power and sound mind, we walk in will conquer all. Greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world. We do not have a spirit of fear… and we never have to receive one. We stir up the gift of God and move with boldness, from glory to glory!
2 Timothy 1:6-7 “Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
As we walk with God, we are not always consistent in our behaviors. We go back and forth in the promises we believe. Our adversary tries to lead us into his lies in order to hinder us from walking in the perfect will of God. Guilt and condemnation may war in our souls and bring oppression and depression.
Jesus said He was the door. If anyone entered into the Kingdom by Him, they would be saved and would go in and out to find pasture. This in and out is an allusion of the sheep going in and out of the fold, not in and out of salvation. This relates to our exercises of faith, walking in His truth as we learn to walk in the spirit and not in the flesh. We come out of the fold when we go out of who we are in Christ and return to the flesh and our own righteousness. We come out when we walk by sight and not by faith. We come in and out this door; but praise God, this door never closes once we have entered in, Hallelujah!
We can shut all the doors the thief opens for us as he tries to lead us to destruction; because the Great Shepherd teaches us gently to remain in the fold. We do not go out as often as we used to. We are stronger and stronger in the power of Christ. What a blessing to be in Christ, to have a safe place to run to, to experience His protection, love and care from glory to glory!
John 10:9-10 “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”