Many times in life we experience pain due to rejection and mistreatment by others. This bruises our emotions and makes us feel less valuable or valueless. However, we must remember that Jesus Christ is our strength, healer, and restorer. But we must put all of our trust in Jesus Christ. He will see you through. We must establish ourselves in righteousness (rightness, in conformity with God’s will and order). Then and only then will you be far from oppression and destruction. Far from the very thought of oppression and destruction.
In John 10:10, it says the devil, your enemy seeks to kill, steal and destroy. One of the devil’s strategies is to oppress you. Oppress means to weigh heavily upon; persecute. He uses people to persecute you. For example, if you stand against abortion, others may ridicule you for your stance. The devil also uses people to oppress you. For example, someone may reject and neglect you emotionally. Someone may physically abuse you. However, you can overcome and avoid oppression by discovering who you are in Christ, trusting (depending and relying) on God and His Word.
When you receive God’s love, joy, and peace, and compassion, recognize and depend upon the Holy Spirit to operate in your life, and obey God’s Word. Then you can surely overcome any and all obstacles the devil throws in your way.
Definition of Oppression
Oppression is anything or anybody that holds you back from accepting and committing your life to Jesus Christ. It’s goal is for you to fall into the grave where there is a bottomless pit.
It works through people who appear to be helping you increase and prosper, but through manipulation, lying, and deception they guide you to the bottomless pit. A bottomless pit of torment and destruction that feeds on wickedness. The devices of wickedness include constant accusation of negative past behavior, and subjection of you to its every request.
Soloman in Ecclesiastes 4:1 says “So I returned, and considered all the oppressions that are done under the sun: and behold the tears of such as were oppressed, and they had no comforter; and on the side of there oppressors there was power, but they had no comforter.”
How to Overcome Oppression
A. Comfort is Imperative
Comfort is essential in overcoming because it soothes the discomfort associated with oppression. This discomfort may be in the form of pain, stress, low self-esteem, and loneliness.
Crying normally accompanies oppression. When you cry in your secret chambers, the oppression remains, but when you cry to God, he will hear your cry and heal you. Jesus Christ is the Healer (John14:26). The healing process is made up of two parts – comfort and restoration. Jesus Christ soothes the wounds (comforts) and makes you whole (restores). (Acts 10:38)
Jesus Christ heals all who are oppressed because of the power God has given Him. You see, God is the source for Jesus’ ability and authority to perform these actions.
B. Walking in Victory “That You Have Overcome”
Victory means deliverance, help, safety, and triumph.
Triumph means to overcome, conquer, joyful, and rejoice.
Victory is a sign that you have overcome conditions and circumstances through dependence on Jesus Christ, which is the only way you can experience victory. When one has overcome a negative condition or circumstance, his natural response is to rejoice because he is no longer pinned under or bound by the condition or circumstance. Therefore, he becomes free to experience joy which yields rejoicing = triumph = victory.
“. . .in all these things, we are more than conquerors through him (Jesus Christ) that loves us.” (Romans 8:37)
“For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God.” (I John 5:4-5)
“And they overcame him (Satan) by the blood of the Lamb (Jesus Christ), and by the word of their testimony . . .” (Revelation 12:11)
The only way to BREAKTHROUGH and be delivered from oppression is to:
- Believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. (Romans 10:9-11)
- Know that you have all power and authority over the oppressor (Satan). (Luke 10:19, Romans 8:37)
- Ask the Lord to place a shield of protection around you.
(Psalm 61:2-3, Psalm 91:3-4)
- Bind the devil in the name of Jesus Christ. (Matthew 16:19)
- Speak the Word of God for it is a two-edged sword. (Revelation 12:11)
Today, I declare that I am determined to receive the prize that Jesus has prepared for me and that nothing from my past or my future, nor any trials or difficulties of the present will be able to keep me from your wonderful love and provision. I declare that I am an overcomer, and I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
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Karmen A. Booker has been called by God to exhort and teach others the Word of God. She is the founder of Wings of Love Ministries (WOLM), which is a teaching and evangelist ministry whose vision is to encourage and inspire people to accept and commit their lives to Jesus Christ so their lives will be transformed into righteousness, and they will experience unceasing love, joy, and peace. WOLM offers resource products that are designed to encourage you to grow in your personal relationship with Jesus Christ and take you to higher spiritual heights of knowledge and understanding of the Word of God!!!