There are so many reports of suffering. It is evident that many who have chosen and truly desire to follow the leading of the Spirit, are going through awful things.
Such sickness, so much trouble and despair, to the point of even wishing to give up.
It’s no terrible fault to admit that we’ve sometimes come to this place. We are human beings and I assure you, there is only just so much ours minds and bodies can take.
God knows that. He understands this very well; He created us. Even the Apostles came to a time when they were so pressed and pressured, they “despaired even of life.”
I don’t feel now that Apostle Paul was always jumping up and down happy when he was being beaten and left for dead. He never said he was.
There’s some verse that we may have needed to give more time to study and ask for understanding. The scripture says that Jesus went about “healing those that were oppressed of the devil.”
I don’t recall a lot of teaching on what that must have meant. I believe it meant exactly what it said. It was not written that they were possessed; it said they were oppressed.
Without an intense definition of that word, it simply means that you are shoved, pushed, strained, pressed down and attacked to the point of actually being bruised.
In body, mind and in your spirit. Pressure; beyond measure. Hammered on; squeezed!
Sickness in our own bodies and our loved ones, can often deplete our level of peace and feelings of safety.
Our jobs, our relationships, our kinfolk and problems with those we thought we could trust can bring so much grief.
I want to share something I read here some years back. It said we often focus on the person that is giving us such a hard time.
They won’t stop; they are relentless in pushing our buttons or being outright caustic and demeaning. It never really occurred to us that there was more to this than what we realized.
A spiritual kind of event. Something beyond what we were seeing.
Too many times, it was actually an evil spirit pressing and working behind and through that person to oppress us and even torment us.
To shorten this part, the individual I was reading made a truly real statement. Discern what is really going on.
Bind that devil that is behind that person and take power and authority over it and command it to go, in Jesus name.
Yes, the affronting individual bears the true blame for such a thing but often they are even unaware themselves that they are being used so badly. A key word here is “used.”
For many of us, our energy is gone. We have no more strength and we simply can’t take anymore.
I’m not ashamed to say I’ve been that way many times in these past years and I’ve prayed for God to just take me on and let me go from here.
Saying this does not make me weak; it makes me honest. People today need to hear the truth about what others are facing and the struggles they are having to endure.
We are supposed to tell one another; the scripture says so. We’re not talking about someone who complains all the time and wimps about every thing they encounter.
There is great healing in confessing and being able to talk to someone else about what we’re going through.
There is great chaos and upheaval all around us on seemingly every side.
There are so many tragedies, deaths and betrayals among us. I have never know such oppression; such sickness and such suffering.
It was only by studying the writings of King David that I found out just how honest and outspoken he was with God.
Hearing the man after God’s own heart say “I can’t take it anymore.” Telling God that He had to do something and do it now, stunned me at first.
Until I became aware of the relationship the two of them actually had.
I needed healing; more than I ever did in all my life. Where were the ones that had such Gifts.
Because they were so suppressed by those in authority who didn’t have them, these gifts did not disappear.
And all those to whom they were given did not lose them either. Jesus has healed me so many times; especially in mind and spirit.
I would no longer exist on this earth if He had not. Often times, I feel I must be healed every day. I want to stop and say, that many of those on here arguing about doctrine and baptism and such, need to get out there and heal some people.
That has its place. But being sick in your mind and your heart and staying that way, is not necessary. We have tools.
God, in the name of your Son Jesus Christ, heal the damage and the bruising done by all of this oppression.
Help us to renew the love and concern we once had for our brothers and sisters and all those around us who don’t know what we know.
It’s being said a lot on here. Stop being so religious and be spiritual. Be so acute in the Spirit that you can actually pick up on someone’s trouble and despair standing right next to you.
Read people’s spirits, by The Holy Spirit. Help them — even if they are in the pew next to you.
Please — for all our sakes.
~ Robert Blackburn