Oppression Within & Without!

Exodus 1:6 Now Joseph and all his brothers and all that generation died, but the Israelites were exceedingly fruitful; they multiplied greatly, increased in numbers and became so numerous that the land was filled with them.Then a new king, to whom Joseph meant nothing, came to power in Egypt. “Look,” he said to his people, “the Israelites have become far too numerous for us. 10 Come, we must deal shrewdly with them or they will become even more numerous and, if war breaks out, will join our enemies, fight against us and leave the country.”11 So they put slave masters over them to oppress them with forced labor, and they built Pithom and Rameses as store cities for Pharaoh.12 But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread; so the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites 13 and worked them ruthlessly. 14 They made their lives bitter with harsh labor in brickand mortar and with all kinds of work in the fields; in all their harsh labor the Egyptians worked them ruthlessly.

The Israelite, chosen of God to be His had a tumultuous time after the death of Joseph. The Egyptian forgot the good that God did through the hands of Joseph to preserve them during famine and also to make them great and a reference point in the world – for it was only in Egypt that grain could be found during the famine.

Israel was oppressed on every side because the hand of God was mighty upon them. The taskmaster was ruthless with their very life. Who then is the taskmaster over your case, your life my friend? What is that thing that has an idea of your potential – cause it can only have an idea, only God has the full picture of your potential.

What is it that is threatened by what you can do, become or accomplish and has come to oppress and discourage you? Are the Egyptians within or without you?

Your mental state, capacity – ability to conceive great ideas that are so scary you break out in sweat – Fear robs you of realizing your full potential!!  Could it be the love of the flesh, lust of the eyes, inordinate affection, and all its attending issues? Fornication, adultery, covetousness, pride, lies, manipulation and much more comes to make sure you do not realize your full potential – these are seeds of evil sown in your mind that if left to grow like cancer destroys the vessel. Living without integrity makes you unreliable and how can you really touch another positively for the kingdom? Do not compromise your body, mind and soul!!! Sinning against your body keeps the Holy Spirit far from you, the Spirit of Truth leaves and what is left of you is lies, sickness and the likes that hinders the manifestation of the Lord’s deposit in your earthen vessels. Resist It!

Most often the Egyptians are without. Those are the factors outside of yourself working hard to steal, kill and destroy the potentials within you. The array of obstacles in form of human relation and its attending issues. Your relationship – family, parental, spousal, friends, though with the best intentions may actually be working against the realization of your true potential.

Josephs brothers and dad opposed him. Your family may have seen something different about you that you are not even aware of, and may have perceived it as something to be resisted. Parent sometimes work against the glow of their children to protect them so to say, whereas, they are oppressing the shine embedded in their being. If Manoah and his wife in Judges 13 had not been privileged by the angel of God to be instructed about the long awaited and expected son to be named Samson, they would have oppressed the greatness out of him. The forces within Samson after much unheeded warning cut short his potential – terminated his life – Judges 16.

You may have been fortunate to be married also to someone who feels threatened by the treasure they see in you, even when you were ignorant of it, for it was the oppression of the children of Israel that worked for them in terms of numbers and strength- Exodus 1:12 But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread; so the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites. 

Sometimes it is people in positions of authority around you, the people you value their opinion, role models and the likes – your friends, boss, leaders, mentors etc that somehow feel threatened by your potential and vows to quench the fire within you. An example is a young man I know with a wonderful idea that will benefit his entire industry. He went to his supposed mentor with this burning idea that he had and was rebuffed about nine years ago he said and has since abandoned the idea. I asked him when he shared his experience with me few years ago, what you had in mind then, has anyone in your industry taken it up? He said no! I said to him, take it up and run with it, maybe God want it to be you that will pioneer this – be a revolutionary, changing the dynamics with far reaching results for the better I guess.

I should follow up with him to see how far gone he is with that idea someday.You know what baffles me about this man’s case was that he seem not to believe in himself and the source of his idea. Had he courage and belief in his own capability and the source of his idea, he probably by now would be a face synonymous with a phenomenal I guess! He wanted affirmation and validation from those that did not value him or maybe saw him as a threat to their position or relevance in the industry – rather he got rebuttal and was maligned.

Friends, we all have to constantly examine ourselves to see if we are still in the way, forsaking all known and unknown sin and errors, and then we can wage war against the enemy without in prayers so God in His infinite mercy may send us a Moses – God will pick on something in us, a gift, an idea, something He already preserved within us for a time like this – to deliver us from the oppression within and without.

Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!

Shades of Oppression!!!!!

trust himThe children of Israel became exceedingly fruitful, multiplied greatly, increased in numbers and this gave the Egyptians concern. These were a nation built with just seventy people and are now too numerous to count. Oh! how Egypt felt threatened and rolled out a plan to limit them, yes, reduce them by killing the male infant, however God was with Israel. Egypt tried, God’s plan prevailed, Moses was spared, Israel continued to increase even more. Exodus chapters 1-3

Friends, oppression of many kind is usually as a result of the potential of the inherent seed of greatness in an individual, family, group, community, nation etc. It is an evil ploy to limit, hinder and ensure an individual does not have room to grow, increase or have the liberty to actualize the full potential of his/hers/its creation. People are often cut beneath and to a size determined by issues, circumstances, situations of life that are within and without ones control. Instability,poor judgement, lack – of any kind, restrictions and the likes hampers development and the attainment of maximum potential inherent in the seed of life within all mortal. Thank God for the dominion mandate! We are more than conqueror through Christ who strengthened us. Romans 8:36-38

Pharaoh ordered every male child to be killed at birth. If he could hinder conception, he would have, or maybe not since he still wanted the female children to be born to serve as slaves and the likes – my thought here. He ordered death, but God outsmart him of course by the help of the kind heart-ed midwives. Pharaoh planned to kill the carrier of seed, to make sure there is none to go to war, none to go on for Abraham to the promised land, none to burn incense unto the Lord, none to worship God. A ploy to wipe out gradually the next generation of God’s people.

This is us even right now. The onslaught in our minds, midst, home, church, society, nation is alarming. Men are confused of what manhood is, women are at a lost and children are worst off. The institution of marriage is gradually collapsing with different streams emerging daily. The gospel is twisted and coated with philosophy of man to be appealing leaving hearts devoid of real joy while masked hearts and faces are on display as the real thing.

Lord be merciful unto us, hear the cry of our hearts, the words we’ve spoken and that which has not been uttered. Send us your Holy Spirit afresh Lord to rekindle a right spirit within us. You heard Israel’s cry, Lord hear our cry and send us help. We need an outpouring of your spirit like never before, let your light guide and guard us, let us not stumble, falter or fall. Keep us always Oh Lord as the apple of your eyes, purge us with hyssop and we will be whiter than snow, let us yet sing for joy. Let there be deliverance, healing, restoration,transformation, let our eyes and heart be enlightened, give us your wisdom, the wisdom of heaven that is not of this world, let our desires be aligned oh Lord with your will and purpose for our lives. Let us not grow weary Lord, let us not go astray, let our eyes be focused on you, the author and finisher of our faith. Let the seed of faith within us grow to maturity that we might please you in every good work, live a victorious life here on earth and dwell with you thereafter for eternity In Christ Jesus name we pray. Amen