Be Strong in the Lord
by Toni Babcock 5/20/2013 / Christian Living
Have you ever felt oppressed as a Christian? An oppression that spawns hopelessness for the future; a tiredness of soul, a weariness of spirit that leaves you feeling listless, alienated, and even lacking the desire to be with other Christians? Perhaps you have gone through a particular life event that has left you reeling under a sense of overwhelming regret, and sorrow of heart. Perhaps the oppression has succeeded in keeping you away from God's spiritual nourishment while it eats away at your soul, leaving you starving inside like a spiritual anorexic. Jesus who once drew you to himself in the light of His love, now seems silent, and far away. Faith appears as plain as day for others, but for you, it has become a dark mirage, a mist you thought you once had a hold of, but now has silently floated away.
Christian friend, I am here to tell you there is hope in the God who loves you TODAY. This is not the abundant life Jesus bought for you when he died for your sins and rose again.
When Jesus first began his ministry on earth, he announced what his first and primary mission was going to be. Imagine the scene. God incarnate, about to announce he was the Messiah, stepping up to the podium in a synagogue full of powerful, educated, and supremely religious Jews. What was the main mission of the One who would come to be known as the Christ? Was it to win over the self-righteous? What would his first and primary concern be on the earth? Would it be to heal those that did not need a physician? What would his unique spiritual calling be? Would it be to deliver those who were not in any kind of bondage? What prophecy of old would he first fulfill in view of His unique ministry?
Jesus stood up and read from the prophet Isaiah: "The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord." Then Jesus closed the book, and and gave it to the minister and sat down. He then said to the men of the synagogue, "This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears." And every man's eye was fastened on Him. (Luke 4:18-20 KJV)
Friend, no matter how bleak the prison you have found yourself in - you are Christ's primary mission on earth. You my friend, are his top priority. He was anointed by the Spirit of the Living God to set people like YOU free. Can you believe it? I am here to tell you it is true. Learn to hear His voice above all the rest. Believe that in spite of what you are feeling, you CAN overcome this kind of oppression through the power of Jesus, and by the grace of God avail yourself of His power to do it through the authority of God's word.
Don't allow the devil to keep you in chains and thwart God's purposes for you. It is the word of God that will ignite the light of truth and set you free. Allow God's word to dispel the darkness that has starved you of Jesus, that keeps you from being thankful for all the great things He has done. The following scriptures below will encourage you:
"Who is among you that feareth the Lord, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness and hath no light? Let him trust in the LORD and stay upon his God," (Isaiah 50:10 KJV).
"If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, Oh Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared. I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope," (Psalm 130: 3-5 KJV).
"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness," (1 John 1:9 KJV).
Jesus said, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life," (John 5:24 KJV).
"There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit,"(Romans 8:1 KJV).
"The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep," (John 10:10-11 KJV).
"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved," (Romans 10:13 KJV).
"Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand," (Ephesians 6:10-13 KJV).
Toni Babcock is a freelance Christian writer from South St. Paul. She enjoys writing short stories for children and young people, as well as memoirs, poetry and spiritual essays.