The spirit of oppression, I believe, is one of the most under estimated spirits in the lives of people. It is also one of the most powerful weapons that the enemy uses against God’s people. An English dictionary defines oppression as: ‘Extortion’ meaning to obtain from a person by force, intimidation or undue illegal power; unjust or cruel exercise of authority or power; a sense of being weighed down in body or mind.
Oppression can work in any area of our lives and when it attacks, we are incapable of moving ahead no matter what. The purpose of oppression is to decrease or to render barren. It counter attacks growth and productivity in the life of a person. Decrease and barrenness is not of God, it’s brought about by the enemy and he uses oppression to do that.
“Look,” he said to his people, “the Israelites have become far too numerous for us. Come, we must deal shrewdly with them or they will become even more numerous and, if war breaks out, will join our enemies, fight against us and leave the country.” ~ Exodus 1:9-10
Oppression is capable of causing lack of results. It holds down with an intention of causing backwardness or regression. It works by overwhelming people with issues, troubles, burdens and causing resistance of God’s power. It causes distractions among believers causing them to be too busy, full or depressed thereby hindering them from worship and prayer. Yet it is through worship and prayer that we commune and fellowship with the Lord. This means that a believer who is oppressed is unable to commune or fellowship with God thereby causing a broken fellowship and as long as our fellowship with God is broken, we cannot achieve anything great.
That same day Pharaoh gave this order to the slave drivers and overseers in charge of the people: “You are no longer to supply the people with straw for making bricks; let them go and gather their own straw. But require them to make the same number of bricks as before; don’t reduce the quota. They are lazy; that is why they are crying out, ‘Let us go and sacrifice to our God.’ Make the work harder for the people so that they keep working and pay no attention to lies.” ~ Exodus 5:6-9
It causes limitations thus allowing its victim to advance only a little. It’s like a cloak that is put upon a person and until that person does a wardrobe change, he cannot come out of it
Then Moses and Aaron were brought back to Pharaoh. “Go, worship the Lord your God,” he said. “But tell me who will be going.”…. No! Have only the men go and worship the Lord, since that’s what you have been asking for.” Then Moses and Aaron were driven out of Pharaoh’s presence. ~ Exodus 10:8, 11
After a long time or extended time of oppression, a person may end up depressed because it’s very cruel and it crushes ones spirit. Oppressed people are prone to complains, murmurs and grumbles. We have been called to greatness but if we allow oppression to dominate us, we will not make any progress. We must be very persistent and aggressive in prayer. The enemy will fight back but we must not lose hope, we must press forward until we receive our full breakthrough.
To counter attack oppression, increase is the best option. Right from the beginning, God commands productivity and fruitfulness. The opposite can only mean that the enemy is involved.
This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: “Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease ~ Jeremiah 29:4-6
You must also increase in faith, prayer, giving, worship, and serving or in whatever you do and you will surely succeed. I believe this is what the Bible talks about when it says resist the devil and he will run away from you. The Egyptians came to fear the children of Israel because the more they oppressed them, the more they increased.
We must also claim our freedom in the name of Jesus. God is faithful and if we cry to the Lord, He will deliver us, for it shall come to pass, that whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be delivered. We should not allow the enemy to keep holding us down – we must arise and claim our freedom.
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. ~ Galatians 5:1
We also must set ourselves free. We have the power to break the chains of oppression and release ourselves from bondage. The enemy is powerless over us as long as we are in Christ Jesus and we should not allow him to manipulate or intimidate us.
Awake, awake, Zion, clothe yourself with strength! Put on your garments of splendor, Jerusalem, the holy city. The uncircumcised and defiled will not enter you again. Shake off your dust; rise up, sit enthroned, Jerusalem. Free yourself from the chains on your neck, Daughter Zion, now a captive ~ Isaiah 52:1-2
We must arise and wage war against the enemy otherwise we will stay down. Doing nothing is not an option if we want to reach to our destinies and be the people God intended us to be. Unless we fight against oppression, it will press us down until we are totally crushed. Most of us are not achieving anything and it’s not because we are incapable, it’s because we have allowed oppression to dominate over us. Remember that the Kingdom of God suffers violence and the violent take it by force.