Testimony Tuesday

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.” (Acts 10:38)


Have you ever felt like God was not there; as if He’s left you to be crushed by the enemy? Do you presently feel like the walls are caving in on you?

When our psyches are tested or we’re practically encumbered by one trial after another, we feel oppressed.

Oppression comes in the form of emotional attacks against a person, a physical infirmity, or being under the spiritual control of the enemy. In the Old Testament oppression meant to violate, deceive, do violence, press on, or fight with. In the New Testament Greek it means to exercise dominion against or rule over, or a great oppositional authority. The enemy uses circumstances and conditions to gain authority over our minds!

One is oppressed when tormented, harassed, or anxious because of an evil spirit.

This is not a ghosts and goblins story, but a scriptural reality of how we often find ourselves like Paul said, “troubled on every side, perplexed, persecuted, and cast down” (2 Corinthians 4:8-9). But it doesn’t have to end there (2 Corinthians 4:17)!

Our testimony is this: God has given us a power to pull down the stronghold of oppression! (2 Corinthians 10:4, 2 Timothy 1:7) A stronghold is any negative force in your life that causes a separation in your relationship with God. It is a mental stumbling block that may result in a habitual negative cycle that becomes a part of your lifestyle. Typically, oppression manifests itself as a negative stronghold. Strongholds are birthed in lies, which cause us to live in ways that keep us from experiencing God’s best for us. However, we have the ability to pull down the strongholds that are oppressing (harassing) us.

If you have not been delivered from oppression or still struggling with the enemy, ask yourself is there something for me to pull down:

Pull down lies
Pull down defeatist mindsets
Pull down physical and mental disease
Pull down fear
Pull down skepticism, disbelief, and distrust
Pull down past physical, sexual, drug and substance abuse
Pull down ungrateful attitudes
Pull down jealousy and envy
Pull down unworthiness
Pull down anxiety

If God anointed His Son to deliver the oppressed, then those whom He calls by His Son’s name are endowed with power to deliver the oppressed. God will escort His anointed; He will accompany those to whom He has given His Spirit. He has given us power.

Your Testimony begins today, with what form of oppression you decide to pull down. What will it be? You have the power! It’s time to use it!

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  1. Today and everyday I am pulling down the stronghold of control. I found myself yesterday while with my son playing on the Playground, being a little too controlling. I was afraid that some of the kids were not going to play with him so I discourage to him not to play with them. it made him sad and I realize that I am a little too controlling because I don't want him to get hurt. But I realize that he has to experience hurt in order to grow and I can not shelter him from everything. In fat I am learning that I am enabling him and that will stunt his growth. so sisters please pray that I will ease up on some of the things in his life and allow him to fall so that he will learn how to get back up on his own. thank you for today's message on pulling down strongholds

    1. Aundie, thank you for sharing your heart with honesty and strength! Learning how not to be controlling is a stronghold that many of us struggle with. We will be praying with and for you as you work day by day to be an example to your son. Continue to surround yourself with positive, spirit-filled sisters who can lift you up and share stories and testimonies on raising their sons in the Lord. We all need to fall sometimes so we can appreciate the Father when we get back up! We love you and are praying you PULL DOWN the strongholds as they try to erect themselves in your life. You're not alone sis. You're not alone!

  2. Im pulling down the stronghold of doubt. I know who my father is and I know he will not suffer his children to see defeat. So I ask myself everyday "When am I going to stop looking at my circumstances and look past them? All of Jesus disciplines came from circumstances that were not the best of the best but they held there heads high and keep there eyes on the Savior. Tonight I declare it is a new day. I pray God can help me with my issue of doubt so I can not only be a better example for my 6 year daughter Madison but to others as well. Please keep me in prayer. God bless you.(Monique Johnson, PortsmouthvacoC)

    1. Monique,

      We go to the throne of grace right now, boldly yet stilled with humility at the awesomeness of God. We pray that the stronghold of doubt may completely be removed from Monique's life and that if she is holding on to it for comfort, that she finds the strength and the dependency on YOU LORD to let it go! Our prayer is that she finds a peace in trusting you to direct her life and in supplying her every need. Fill her with a complete assurance to commit her plans to you and leave them there. Help her to not pick up the very thing which separates her from you! We always pray believing, so may Monique touch and agree as we place our prayers in your capable hands. In Jesus' name, Amen!


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