Day 12, Oppressed

I am daily amazed at how God gives me the topic for writing. Most days it begins with a vague idea running around my brain; as I type the idea begins to take shape. Ideas come from everywhere. I live with five wonderful idea givers who, I’m sure, dread reading about themselves. They are constant, vivid reminders of my own short comings. Some days I receive inspiration from a Biblical passage or a devotional book. Other days it may be prayer inspired or come as a text message from friend. Yesterday and today the idea was born from a message received through social media.  I received another message from a dear friend, but this one is a  desperate cry for help. One that moved me to tears because I understood the feelings. I had been there.th

“Something is wrong with me…. I don’t want to get up and go to church…
Like last night. I said my eyes bother me . Then I got a call to get our Baby. I didn’t think twice… Pray for me.. I don’t know what to pray for. I am being disobedient is all I know… I am afraid now…then I cry and repent. Say it’s not going to happen again. Please help me…”

I immediately began to pray for her. Because I have been fasting, I also immediately recognized the feelings for what they were…. oppression. Oppression means the exercise of authority or power in a burdensome, cruel, or unjust manner; an act or instance of oppressing or subjecting to cruel or unjust impositions or restraints; the feeling of being heavily burdened, mentally or physically, by troubles, adverse conditions, anxiety, etc. Oppression comes from an external force.  That external force feels as if it is out of my control. That force hits long and hard, pushing me into a state of confusion and an unending circle of condemnation. The circle begins with a feeling that something is wrong with me, there is no desire for the things of God, so I choose not to participate. Other life aspects seem unaffected, only the spiritual. Then guilt sets in, repentance, and finally, a declaration that it will not happen again. Until the next time you are scheduled to participate in a spiritual activity, i.e, church, Bible reading or prayer. The desire for those activities seems to be disappearing. The fervency that motivated seems a distant memory and I’m convinced something is wrong with me. That is the circle of oppression. The good news is, it can be broken and there is nothing wrong with me. Go back and read my friend’s cry for help and you will see the circle.

The enemy loves to interfere with our spiritual connection to God. He loves to send an oppressive spirit to trip us up and get our focus off of God and onto us. If our desire to participate in spiritual activities diminishes, we immediately begin to blame our selves. If we have gotten lax in our prayer and Bible reading or our church attendance, then we could have opened a tiny door for the enemy to walk through, but that’s not always the case. Sometimes he just hates us enough to send an oppressive spirit to try and trip us up. Remember Job? Job had done nothing wrong in the eyes of God, but Satan hated him so much that he asked for permission to hit him hard. God’s faith in Job motivated Him to say yes. God knew Job would be strong. He knew he would remain faithful. I am sure Job felt that he would die under the burden, but he never cursed God. He continued to praise him and pray for deliverance.

Perhaps you are feeling a little like Job or a little like my friend today. Maybe you feel as if the weight of the world rests on your shoulders and that at any moment you could fall under the pressure. If that is you, I encourage you to find which part of the circle you are in, call it what it is, speak the truth of God’s Word to it and break out of the spin cycle. Take a stand. Take back your life, your emotions, your will. Do not let the enemy taunt you, condemth-2n you and unjustly oppress you. Pray that your eyes would be opened to his attacks while you fast. Ask God for supernatural insight into the plans of attack Satan has against you. Then go to battle against him in your prayers. Oppression is the weapon he uses when nothing else he has tried against you has worked. It is his last resort, his h-bomb against you. The good news to you is that God must have a lot of faith in you to allow Satan to drop that bomb. God trusts you to come up swinging and come out singing! Turn on your favorite praise music and swing baby swing!

See you tomorrow!

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