Oppression: the feeling of being heavily burdened, mentally or physically, by troubles, adverse conditions, etc.
Deuteronomy 5:6 “I am the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.”
One morning, I felt the Lord urging me to turn on the Christian service station. There was a gentleman I had never seen before preaching on oppression and breaking those chains in Jesus’ name. Before completely indulging, I opened my bible and it was on Exodus 14. I remembered I had previously been reading Deuteronomy 5. I felt God wanted me to read both of these chapters and I knew it was no coincidence both were speaking about Moses – a strong man of faith.
As I read, I heard the following in the background on the television: “as long as you know that you have God, you cannot lose! Sing praise! Do not allow the enemy to make you think that you are in bondage because God will turn all the (seemingly) bad into good and you will fulfill His purpose for you. Don’t be so consumed with the things that happen in the present because none of that will stop God from taking you to where He intends for you to be, so praise Him and thank Him.” Amen!
Exodus 14:13-14 13 And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. 14 The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”
I began to read Exodus 14. This is where Moses had already saved the people but now they’re complaining, arguing and crying that they had been saved from the enemy just to be brought into a desolate and barren land where they’re now suffering from heat and exhaustion and for food and water; they had a fear of moving forward and going into the Promise Land. They stood still, fearing the passage into the place where God promised to provide all their needs. A several day journey took years to make – precious time wasted, holding themselves hostage; keeping themselves from His promises through a lack of faith in doing whatever it took to get to where they fought so hard to be.
After all they had gone through being oppressed, enslaved, beaten, fearing their captors daily, yet witnessing the mighty hand of our powerful God save them; believing in the freedom, yet afraid to complete the process out of fear of what could happen next. They had the faith to be saved from Egypt but they did not have the faith to receive the fullness God’s promises, to receive their very own blessings from the One who had set them free. How ironic. What a setback they chose rather than continuing in their faith in God’s power and love for His children.
Hebrews 10:35 “Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward.” How can you witness a miracle and not finish acting on it? How can you watch God move in your life but not completely trust in Him for everything else? It’s such a backwards mentality. They believed they were being logical, but I once read somewhere “Logic is the ruin of the spirit” and how very true that statement is.
Matthew 19:26 “With God all things are possible.” God is the God of the impossible –when you trust in Him completely, you will see His promises already manifest within your life. All things are possible no matter what today may appear to be; when you know that you are God’s child; when you know that His promises are for you, there’s no need to fear today but rather be hopeful for tomorrow.
Don’t allow the enemy to discourage you into thinking any less than what God has spoken for you. He speaks to you through numerous avenues and as His sheep you will recognize His voice when your ears, eyes and heart are open to Him. I have asked for miracles and our Lord has brought those things to pass countless times and He’ll do the same for you. All He asks for is your faith and love.
Had I not listened for the Lord’s voice, I may have missed the most important blessings of all. See His work all around you. When you stop to take a moment to notice those seemingly small things, you will then realize how great they truly are – each a miracle in itself; a blessing from the One who created you with love and a purpose.
2 Corinthians 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.
Are you impatient for things to come? Pray for grace and peace, and in the meantime boost your spiritual growth by reading the Bible consistently, pray for revelation, be fervent in prayer and worship, focus in service and serve in His kingdom. Find a way to move but certainly don’t sit there and wait for things to change on their own and don’t try to take all things into your own hands, but rather place them in God’s hands – lift those things up in prayer, pray righteously, and allow God to move you. If you want God to move for you, start moving for Him. Build a relationship with the Lord – it truly is the greatest and most important relationship you will ever have.
Romans 8:37 “In all our difficulties and challenges we are more than conquerors through Jesus Christ who loves you.”
Understand there will be things that may take some time to come but it’s because there is character building and growth in the spirit that need to take place before He chooses to move you from one place to another. He knows just the right time for everything. If you find yourself in the same position over and over again, take a moment to reflect back – try to see beyond what’s visible; look deeper into the situations as a whole and ask yourself, “What have I done differently between then to now? Have my mindset and heart changed? Have I taken care of all the things God has charged me over? Have I made a constant effort to grow in the spirit? Have I learned to kill the flesh and live by God’s words, having consistent faith, and a heart to serve?”
Romans 12:2 “And be not conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, acceptable, and perfect will of God.”
With God, you will always win – no matter what the outcome, whether it’s what you planned or not, His plan will always prevail, His plan is greater than ours and He’ll always lead you into victory. Don’t give up on His promises for your life. His promises are for everyone, so run with it! Have no fear! God will always hold you close. He is our fortress, our strength and our shield. He hears you and answers you. The questions are: Do you hear Him when He calls you? Do you answer Him? Do you understand when He answers you? Look for Him – He’s always there.
Psalm 27:1 “The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life – of whom shall I be afraid?” The answer, my friend, is: no one and nothing. Fear is not of God. Hope is. Faith is. Love is. Confidence is. Strength is. Security is. Joy is.
Jesus says it best:
“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27
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