by Michael Hume 7/07/2011 / Christian Living
Spiritual oppression is a frequent visitor to me. It seems to be an experience I have been familiar with for over two decades of my faith life.
How do I overcome this? There are several ways.
1. Be honest and tell God about it first. God likes it when you go to him first rather than someone else. Suppose a child has a problem and confides in you first. Is it not because that child trusts you? And it builds a bond. Same with God and me.
2. Wait and listen to God. If nothing is obvious try and stay positive and don't look at the problem agitating you. Now and again mention it to God.
3. Combat it with faith. Quote scripture verses to yourself. Also to tell Satan to be gone, and read the Bible to build faith.
4. Recall the good things God has already done and thank Him for them. This gives more perspective by putting your mind on positive things.
5. Keep praying and fasting if you can, and ask for extra regular prayer support. Place the matter into Gods hands.
6. Paul had bad trials but God simply said that His grace would be enough to see Paul through. Likewise expect at least Gods grace.
7. Depending on the oppression, expect an end to the trial. Ask God to show you the way out. He has put me through a variety and for nearly all there has been a way out. I'm still asking God to show me the way out of the few remaining ones.
8. Cultivate your hobbies and interests since these can balance off your life and help you keep happy. Mine are swimming, reading and walking to name some.
9. Take opportunities to enjoy life. Joy is a powerful antidote to being bogged down. There is enough in life trying to pull you down so do as much to keep cheerful.
10. Most of all expect God to act. Trust Him to do the impossible. He is a mighty God and I can never anticipate how he answers my prayers. That is part of the excitement of faith. The eager anticipation of the unknown and mysteriousness of God. It keeps faith interesting.
This is quite basic, but it works for me so I hope it helps.
Michael Hume. Christian since 1987. Believe the Bible in original form is true, and in a daily personal relationship with Jesus. A freelance writer. Copyright belongs to author.