Sunday, June 26, 2016

A MATTER OF FAITH: OPPRESSION



The children of Israel were slaves to the Egyptians for many years.  “And the Lord said; “I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters for I know their sorrows.”” They were indeed oppressed.

Oppress-to govern or manage with cruel or unjust impositions or restraints; exercise harsh authority or power over {Webster’s Universal College Dictionary 1997}

When people pray they assume God hears what they are saying, the Bible is clear as to what God receives. In Exodus the Lord said He has seen their oppression and heard their cry because of the oppression. In Isaiah God says His Word returns to Him.

“So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth: it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I pleased and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.  Isiah 55:11 NKJV
Notice God has sent His word from heaven to the earth for a reason thus we when send His word out into the atmosphere it is God who receives it having done what it should do. It is God’s word in our prayers that the angels respond to.

“Let my prayer be set before You as incense, the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.” Psalm 141:3 NKJV
“…and golden bowls full of incense, which were the prayers of the saints.” Revelations 5:8c NKJV
“Then another angel, having a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints ascended before God from the angel’s hand.”  Revelation 8:3-4 NKJV

When we pray we are to use the language God has provided and words He has established. Our God given words become a sweet smell to Father God. However, negative words are not received in the same manner in fact they have the opposite affect; words contrary to Scripture give demonic forces access to our lives.

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”  Proverbs 18:21 NKJV

In Exodus it was not the complaints that God heard or the sinful behavior of the people that he saw. What Father God saw was the oppression of the people. God heard the cries of the people which were based on His promise that they would be blessed.


When you are living your life and things happen that are beyond your control creating problems that you cannot solve on your own and you have no other choice but to endure while holding on to the promises of God be confident that God will deliver you.

When a person today complains about how “African-Americans” were brought to this country as slaves and that there is racism in existence today, they think they are talking about oppression they are not. They are focused on the past and not the Word of God; they are speaking words of death and not words of life. When a person says “I cannot succeed because a white man is holding me down” the angels cannot do anything with that confession. When a person declares: “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me,” as it is written in Philippians 4:13 the angels can take those words and give them back to Father God. God’s words once received are accomplished. in which case

There are times when we are standing on God’s word and crap continues to happen: your boss will not give you the deserved promotion or raise and makes excessive demands on you; you have an abusive spouse; you have medical issues; you have more bills than money; and other such problems in which you do not know what to do. God sees your response to the problems, He knows why things are the way that they are and He hears your moaning in the night. You continue living the best that you can looking for deliverance from your oppression.

“Faith is the assurance of things you have hoped for, the absolute conviction that there are realities you’ve never seen.” Hebrews 11:1 The Voice.