For we are not fighting against flesh and blood enemies but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world and against evil spirits in heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12 New Living Translation
During this week I have struggled to find and receive physical rest at night. Sunday October 12 was the first night where I could not find rest. I would get taunting images of my past to try to make me be afraid. I prayed and read the WORD that night. The next morning I felt drained but did sleep a short time that day. I felt and still feel a huge heaviness in my spirit to the point that I can physically feel but God is faithful and I did not feel any fear what-so-ever but I continued to pray. The same thing happened to me on Tuesday night where I did not sleep and images continued to bombard my mind. I continued to pray. Wednesday morning I wake up at 6:00 am and I barely had a voice and my throat felt sore. I continued to feel a weight on me and around me. I found out later that day that my parents had been not sleeping as well and they also experienced the same thing I did as far as feeling a heavy weight. My grandmother experienced this last week and now we all were. I have continued to pray and give God the glory not only for myself but also for them. The last time I went through this was when a former Sunday School student died after playing the choking game and lost his life. His death struck me hard but I had images bombard me then and felt the same heaviness as I do now.
I am reminded of God showing the army of Angels to Elisha when he was going to battle. It is a battle we fight in prayer but the actual fight is God’s and we petition Him to move on our behalf and on the behalf of every living person here on earth.
The definition of OPPRESSION is as follows: noun
1. Prolonged cruel or unjust treatment
Persecution, subjection, maltreatment, abuse, tyranny and suppression.
While nothing was physically harming me, I felt it in my spirit. If this has been the case for you as well I STRONGLY SUGGEST THAT YOU DON’T SUCCUMB TO IT. Persevere, stand strong, and PRAY. PRAY for not only for your pastor, elders and deacons but pray for their whole household. They need and covet your prayers as much as they pray and minister to you.
Remember that God did not send Jesus to make us safe but to make us brave. It is through relying on the HOLY Spirit that one can be brave and live this life. Take courage for JESUS has overcome the world. HE IS IN CONTROL!! HALLELUJAH!!!