Merry Christmas guys!
#Singing…in a throaty voice
I wish you a merry Christmas. I wish you a merry Christmas. I wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year!
Remember once again that it is Christ’s birth that we celebrate today. Share the love and show the love!
Related: The Reason For The Season
In that same vein, today I will share something that has been on my mind for a while especially as it is the birth of Christ that we celebrate. I will pose it as a question, maybe it will awaken you to whom I write today. Why are you still in that oppression? Yes, you.
I promise it is an eight (8) minutes read……and I checked.
Now, I hate the word oppression with a passion. Oppressed, oppression, oppressing in fact all of its derivatives. I just hate the sound of it and I know it is my most hated word in the English Vocabulary. Whether by man or by the devil I just hate being in a position where it feels like am being oppressed.
To be oppressed according to Encarta Dictionary is to dominate harshly, subjecting a person or people to a harsh or cruel form of domination. What grieves me today is the way most people deal with oppressions especially that of the devil. It is either they do not believe that they are being oppressed or they just don’t care enough to be bothered. I might even think that some don’t even know they are being oppressed and it grieves me because it’s like the situation when a dog is used to its leash it doesn’t even bother to step out of it when the leash has been removed! Not to mention that I hate bullies but what is worse is when you gladly allow yourself to be bullied out of your freedom.
I say it’s annoying because Christ has fully paid for each and every one of us to be free for where the Spirit of the Lord is there is Liberty and the Lord is Christ Jesus. Okay, you didn’t get it. Picture this, your child disturbs you for months, every day, waking up with the same demand, daddy, mommy please help me do so and so. Due to your busy schedule, you didn’t quite get around to doing what she wanted but then you finally did it and heaved a sigh of relief. Then the next morning, your child comes back with the same demand. And you say, I have taken care of it already, didn’t you see this and that over there and she says I looked but there is no difference, nothing has changed. But then, you know very well that he or she shouldn’t be feeling that way because you had handled it.
You see, before the coming of Christ the prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel etc. all did the complaining for us. Isaiah in particular asked if it was possible for the prey of the mighty to be delivered and he also asked about someone who was lawfully held captive, that is, he did wrong and according to the law judgment was bestowed on him lawfully, could he still be freed? Here is how God responded.
Isaiah 49:24-26, “Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captive delivered? But thus saith the LORD, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children. And I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh; and they shall be drunken with their own blood, as with sweet wine: and all flesh shall know that I the LORD am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob”.
All great and beautiful promises because He says “I will” but faithful is He that promised who also did it even our God! He long fulfilled all these promises through Christ. The Prophet Isaiah says of Christ, “Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? For he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.”
Jesus was oppressed, was taken from prison to the judgment, and was chastised for our sake so that we don’t go through it again. And He proclaims with His coming that “the spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound”. Proclaiming the good tidings of liberty to all captives and the opening of the prison door to them that were bound. So why then do we after we have received Christ by His Spirit, the Spirit of Liberty into our lives still remain captives and bound in prisons?
Revelation 12:9-10, “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night”.
I will end with this, something I appreciated more just recently when I heard it from one of my Pastors, one that is very dear to me. He said, we tend not to walk in the finished works of Christ because the devil is telling us that it’s not true at least not for our own case. However, when we cast out the devil and his lies, then salvation, strength, the kingdom of God and the power of Christ begins to manifest in our very own lives. Until we take him and his lies out of our lives we may not be able to fully experience the salvation God has so greatly wrought for us neither shall we be able to experience the kingdom of God in our lives nor the power of Christ over all He conquered for our sakes.
So all I will say to you right now is kick him and his lies out, know and believe what God has said concerning that problem and that situation, then receive strength to stand up and get out of it in Jesus name, amen. Your victory in Christ is what I will celebrate even as we celebrate His birth!
Merry Christmas and see you in 2018!
Love and Blessings!