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© Faith Life - Breaking the Chains of Oppression

Updated on October 15, 2014
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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. I remembered I had previously been reading Deuteronomy. 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 of 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 and worry are not of God. Hope is. Faith is. Love is. Confidence is. Strength is. Security is. Joy is.

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      Mothers of Nations 3 years ago

      DDE, Amen! Thank you kindly for taking the time stop by, read and comment. Your words are kind and very appreciated. God bless you*

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great interest here! A beautifully approached hub with such thought. God is the greatest.

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      Mothers of Nations 3 years ago

      Kimberly / anewlifeoasisphoto, Thank you kindly for stopping by and taking the time to read and comment. I sincerely appreciate the add into your rss. I'm glad you enjoyed the article :) I'm definitely looking forward to reading more of your blog! God bless you...

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      Kimberly 3 years ago

      I love this, a lot. I'll be adding this blog to my rss reader. By the way, I'm @anewlifeoasis on Instagram.

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      Mothers of Nations 3 years ago

      Mekenzie, thank you kindly for taking the time to stop by, read and comment. Yes, reading about the children of Israel can teach us many things that help us in our day to day lives. At times we may worry or become consumed by things that are not as important as the journey and the outcome of following the Lord's leading. We have to trust that when He calls us to do something, we must follow through without fear - we must know the Lord will continuously provide all our needs and will not allow us to fall from His hands. His love is limitless and His care is never ending. God bless you!

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      Susan Ream 3 years ago from Michigan

      Isn't it amazing the perspective we are able to have about the children of Israel because of God's Word? Over and over and over God provided for them and over and over and over again they whined and complained.

      We are to learn from the Israelites to praise God in the storm and to trust the one who called us to the promised land.

      So often I have found myself in a place over and over before I finally 'see' what God wanted me to see. He is faithful. He's a Rock and the only one we should put our trust in.

      Great article dear lady, look forward to reading more from you. :)

      Mekenzie

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      Mothers of Nations 3 years ago

      Nell Rose, thank you kindly for taking the time to read and comment. I truly believe it's the Lord that brought you here to read His message. His timing is always right :) God bless you...

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Thank you, I needed to read this today, it seems that you came along at the right time to answer my question, long story! this was wonderful!

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      Mothers of Nations 3 years ago

      Lady Fiddler, how nice to find you my way.

      "I try not to be a complainer but instead to try and bless God instead with my praises. Thanking him for my trails and tribulations etc. In the end we see it works out for our good."

      So well said. Even through the trials there are numerous blessings, and when your eyes are open to the Spirit, our Lord will fill you with peace and understanding and you will see how He turns everything for our good.

      God bless you.

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      Joanna Chandler 3 years ago from On planet Earth

      We so need to let go and let God break all those chains that binds us spiritually and naturally. God tries us sometimes He takes us from one situation to a next to prove our love for him.

      I try not to be a complainer but instead to try and bless God instead with my praises. Thanking him for my trails and tribulations etc. In the end we see it works out for our good.

      Thanks for sharing

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      Mothers of Nations 3 years ago

      NoBody, very nice to see you in my neck of the woods :) and taking the time to read and comment, always appreciated. Agreed, we have to listen for His leading and continue pressing forward. Thank you kindly for voting up! God bless you.

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      Robert E Smith 3 years ago from Rochester, New York

      So much wisdom here. I loved the part of the article that says do not just sit and wait for things to change on their own doing nothing. Be content in the Lord but serve and listen for His leading. I heard a wise man once say, "A bicycle can not be turned in a new direction without forward motion. If a man is following the Lord and moving forward, then the Lord will do necessary changes to his direction but if he just sits the Lord will do nothing and time is wasted. Very good article. Voted up, useful and interesting.

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      Mothers of Nations 3 years ago

      SheilaMyers, Amen! Yes, in everything you do, do as if you are doing for the Lord because you truly are. The enemy may attempt to trip you into falling through emotions, but you are victorious because the Lord had already given you the victory when He took the cross, and you have allowed Him to lift you up by keeping your eyes on the Lord and not on man. The Lord knows your heart and sees all your efforts. Endurance may feel strenuous at times, but it's truly a blessing in disguise. The Lord's rewards are greater than any found any where else. You are His child and he's pleased with your patience. Continue to seek Him in all you do. He will guide you in all things. I'm proud of you, Sheila, God bless you!

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      sheilamyers 3 years ago

      I know this hub doesn't directly address what I faced today at work, but one line jumped out at me. "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." No matter how hard I worked or how much I got accomplished, one person or another was standing there getting angry because they felt I wasn't doing good enough. But after reading your article, I can honestly say I did my best, got more done than anyone else would have doing the same job, and I worked as if working for God and not my boss. With those things in mind, I'm sure God was pleased with me and that's all that should really matter. Thanks for posting this article today because it has helped me look at things from God's perspective and not man's.

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      Mothers of Nations 3 years ago

      Denise W. Anderson, thank you kindly for stopping my way today. Amen, yes, the Lord is faithful to guide and direct your path.

      Psalm 32:8 "I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye."

      Faith seems to be the very thing the Lord is calling out to each of us today - not just a word but a way of life, not just for today but always*

      God bless you!

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      Denise W Anderson 3 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      I needed to hear these words today. Thank you for reminding me that as I look to God, he will guide and direct my footsteps in the way I should go. I need not fear, but go forward with faith!

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      Mothers of Nations 3 years ago

      Ms.Dora, always a pleasure to find you my way. Timing is something we all must remember is up to the Lord through His perfect orchestration and not when we think it should be, ready or not :) God bless you.

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      Mothers of Nations 3 years ago

      Doris Dancy, thank you for appreciating the article. We are the microwave generation indeed lol. I realize the message is as much for me and it is for anyone who the Lords encourages to read it. Thank you kindly for the vote up! God bless you.

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      Dora Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      "He knows just the right time for everything." Thank you for sharing the inspiration and the powerful vote of confidence in God's Omnipotence. Be blessed!

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      Doris H. Dancy 3 years ago from Yorktown, Virginia

      What a blessed,wonderful, and helpful way to start my day. As always, there are things in our lives that could be worrisome if we don't follow the advice you provide in this awesome hub. I especially find the advice to give God the time that He knows is perfect to be useful to me…Ms Microwave Generation Me. LOL Again, thank you for starting my day on the beautiful road of being blessed and reminding me of the fantastic Word of God. Voted Up!

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      Mothers of Nations 3 years ago

      EricDierker, thank you for taking the time to read and comment. There is no need to fear or worry for tomorrow when He has already taken care of everything for us, in every moment. He is truly all we need - our rest, peace, confidence and hope come through the Lord and we are victorious in Him! God bless you.

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      Mothers of Nations 3 years ago

      BillyBuc, Thank you kindly for stopping my way. I absolutely agree "Let go and Let God". There is nothing we can accomplish on our own but all things truly are possible through the Lord. Faith is all it takes. God bless you.

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      Mothers of Nations 3 years ago

      Faith Reaper, as always thank you kindly for your words. Sometimes we may not realize we're holding on to the chains the Lord has already broken for us. It's so important to always know He has set us free - from the moment He took the cross and shed His blood we have been made free in Him! God bless you as well, my sister in the Lord!

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Very well concluded: no one and nothing. Fear and worry are not of God. Hope is. Faith is. Love is. Confidence is. Strength is. Security is. Joy is.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I've heard it summed up in this way: let go, let God. :) Lovely message.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Beautiful testimony as to the power of our sweet Lord and trusting in Him to set us completely free from all bondage and chains.

      Voted up ++++ tweeting and pinning

      God bless you. You are a beautiful daughter of the King!