No more Oppression

January 28, 2005
Pastor Chris Abernathy
Columbus, Georgia

If you would, turn in your Bibles with me to the book of Acts chapter ten. Acts chapter ten and verse thirty-eight. Acts chapter ten and verse thirty-eight. When you reach the book of Acts chapter ten, please signify by saying amen.

Tonight God is speaking to us about oppression. Oppression, because oppression brings sickness and disease. Glory to God. In Acts chapter ten and verse thirty-eight . . . Please stand to your feet on tonight. It said:

38. 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 . . .

He healed all that were oppressed of the devil

38. . . . for God was with him.

Let us pray.

Most holy and gracious heavenly Father, we thank You for who You are and for what You do. Master, hide Your son behind the cross, that Your people would see and hear You only, and not me. Master, I decrease right now, that You would increase. And Lord, let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, oh Lord, my strength and my Redeemer. In Jesus’ Name.

And the people of God said amen. You may be seated in the house of the Lord.

God had been dealing with me today with oppression. He had been dealing with me with the spirit of oppression on today. In the book of Exodus chapter three verse nine and ten God said He had seen the oppression of His people. And glory to God, God is now saying to the people of God He has seen the oppression of His people. And now God is going to bring forth a mighty deliverance.

When we look (glory to God) at what oppression is, oppression is subjection to unjust hardships. In the book of Psalms fifty-four and verse three, David began to pray to God, because the oppressors were after him. But isn’t it interesting that in Psalm fifty-four and verse three, David said, “The oppressors are after me.” And not only did he say that they were after him, but he said, “They are after my soul.” He said, “The oppressors are after my soul.”

You see, the soul is that vital existence of man. It is the seat of our feelings and our desires and affection and our will. Glory to God. You see, our soulish realm deals with our intellect, and our intellect carries the capacity (glory to God) for understanding and knowledge, and the ability to think abstractly and profoundly even. Glory to God.

You see, when your soul is being tormented, it affects your whole body. I’m going to say that again. When your soul is being tormented it affects your whole body, and that’s why a lot of people get sick at the drop of the dime, because the spirit of oppression (my God) is tormenting their soul. You’ve got to understand that that soul is your mind. You have got to get your mind renewed by the Word of God. Because after while you’re going to suffer a breakdown. Look at your neighbor and say, “I refuse to be broken down.”

Oppression. Oppression in the house of God should not be. You see, when the children of Israel were oppressed, the Bible said that God saw. And there are people that are in here tonight that are oppressed, and God is saying to you that He sees your oppression.

In Third John (glory to God) and verse two it says, “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospers.”

You see, your prosperity and your health is connected to your thinking and your thought process. That’s why it’s important to get our minds right. That’s why it’s important to keep our minds in order. Don’t you know that Satan will try to take a hold of your mind and control your whole body through your mind?

There’s sickness because of the torment of soul. Your mind being renewed by the Word of God is so important to you. That’s why you’ve got to get in the Word of God.

You see, that leads me to a question when I say it causes me to be in good health and my soul to prosper. It leads me to a question. How does my soul prosper? You see, my soul prospers by reading and meditating in the Word of God. You see, so that makes the Word of God a cure-all for all sickness; it’s a cure-all for all disease and any ailment (glory to God) known and unknown to man.

He’s speaking to night. This is a night that God is saying that He wants to heal your spirit. He wants to heal your soul. And He wants to heal your body. I wish I had a praying church tonight.

Your soul is so important. In the twenty-third psalm David said, “He restores my soul.” A lot of us in here tonight need our souls restored. We’re in a place of dryness, because of the things that are going on in our lives. We’re in a place (glory to God) tonight where we’re saying to ourselves, “If I don’t get a breakthrough, I don’t know if I can make it; I don’t know what I’m going to do.”

And the Word of God is here for you tonight. He wants to restore your soul. He wants to bring you into green pastures. He wants your thinking to be prosperous. He wants . . . Oh, my God. I know I’m talking to somebody in the house.

Do you notice how things seem to be try with us spiritually most of the time when our finances are dry? We’ll find everything wrong with the word that’s going on and going forth in the earth. But as soon as the finances begin to run, all of a sudden that dry place that we were once in becomes wet.

How can a natural thing bless me spiritually? A natural thing cannot bless me spiritually. It can bless my flesh, but it can’t bless my spirit. Oh, you don’t want to say amen on that.

You see, God is speaking to us, because He wants us to change our mind set. He wants us to change our thinking. He wants us to have the joy of the Lord before the blessing gets there.

Your blessing and your healing is already manifested in the Word. And therefore, when I take the Word of God in and I believe the Word, no matter what’s going on around me, it’s going to cause me to prosper and be in health. Glory to God.

He’s speaking to us. The church of God has been dry, because the finances have been dry. But let that check come in the mail. I’ll be a different person. I’ll be like somebody you’ve never seen before. If you want to hide your money, you can’t hide it, because you’re so predictable once you get it. Oh, it’s tight, but it’s right.

You’ve got to allow your soul to prosper, no matter what state you’re in. Paul said, “I’ve learned that no matter what state I’m in therewith to be content.” Content. In other words, he was saying, “I’m satisfied with Jesus. I’m satisfied with Jesus. I’m satisfied with Jesus.” Can anybody say that though all hell is breaking loose around them, that they’re satisfied with Jesus?

Our soul has got to prosper. Our spirit has got to be rich, not because He blessed me with carnal things. Oh, I felt the Anointing of God on that thing.

He’s blessed us, the Bible says, with spiritual blessing, all spiritual blessings in heavenly places. It doesn’t matter about what’s going on in the natural. It’s all about what’s going on in the Spirit and in my spirit.

He’s trying to speak to us tonight, because we’re in a place where we’re waiting on something to happen, but the Word of God in you spoken out your mouth will cause things to happen.

He restoreth my soul. The oppression of the soul controls every part of you. You’ve got to be real with yourself tonight. Because I said it many times, we hide behind a “hallelujah” and an “amen.” But Satan has us oppressed.

We speak about our people as a race being oppressed. But we’ve got to start speaking about the body of Christ and how we’re being oppressed. But the thing is we allow ourselves to be oppressed. You see, when you’re dealing with race and there’s another race that may be in control, sometimes they have that power over other races. But the only way we can be oppressed, because we have power, is to allow ourselves to be oppressed. Do you understand that?

Where is your soul tonight? What position is your soul in? Is your soul all dried up? He said He will restore your soul. You’re asking Him for the natural things, but you need to be asking Him to restore your soul. Keep your soul healthy. Keep your spirit man healthy. God is speaking to some people in this place. He’s almost at the point where He’s calling you by Name.

The Bible says in Psalm 107, verse 20 that He sent His Word and He healed them and delivered them of all their destruction. Because God sent a man named Moses to tell Pharaoh to let his people go. And God sent His Son, Jesus, and told that old devil to let His people go.

Your deliverance is in your mouth. Your deliverance is in your conversation. It’s in your praise. It’s in your worship. That’s where your deliverance is. Your deliverance is not necessarily in me laying hands on you and prophesying to you. You have the power within you to deliver yourself, for he said, “Physician, heal thyself.”

Now, where’s your soul? I’m the type of person that I cannot allow myself to be oppressed and depressed. I can’t. Because it’ll kill me. I don’t care what I go through, what situation arises in my life, I cannot afford to stay in that place. I’ve been free for too long. I’ve understood my liberty for too long, in Christ.

How can we allow the devil to continue to beat on us. How? We can’t do it. We can’t do it any longer. We cannot do it any longer. I’m not talking about things tonight. I’m talking about your soul. I’m talking about your mind. I’m talking about it being renewed. I’m talking about it staying in a place of freedom, and not being bound up, because of situations and circumstances. Talking to us. I’m talking to us. I’m talking to us.

In First Peter two and twenty-four it said that we were healed, meaning that it’s already been done. It’s already been done. Your healing has already taken place, but it’s up to you to receive it. You’ve got to understand that the devil is a liar and the father of lies. So when he puts a sickness or disease on you, you have the power to speak the Word of God and command him to take his hands off of God’s property.

This is the season that your joy’s going to return. Yes. This is the season where your joy is going to return to you. It’s not going to be based on things. It’s not. It’s not going to be based on your new job. It’s not going to be based on your raise. But it’s going to be based on your relationship with Jesus Christ.

In Acts ten and seventy-eight it said that Jesus went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed of the devil. He didn’t heal some, but He healed all.

In Isaiah fifty-three and verse seven it says that He was oppressed and He was afflicted. That’s why He could be oppressed for us. He was oppressed for you already. He was oppressed for you. He went through hardship for us already. Believe this.

So now as God is speaking to you tonight, He wants to turn that frown around. Because there are some frowns that have been in here, not just all night, not just all week, but for months. Because your soul is not prospering. It’s not prospering because you’re not allowing it to prosper, because you’re focused on something other than God. Redirect your focus. Redirect your focus tonight. Take your eyes off of everything else and redirect your focus. Redirect your focus on Him. Put your eyes on Him tonight. Don’t let this word pass you by, because He’s speaking. He’s speaking to you. He wants to restore your soul. He wants to renew your mind. This is what He desires to do. Now the question is will you let Him? Will you allow the Word to do what it was meant to do? Will you allow it?

Lift your hands to Him tonight. I want you to give Him everything right now. I want you to give Him absolutely everything. Everything. Your heart, your soul, your mind, your job, your relationships. Give it to Him. Ask Him to restore your soul. Thank You, Jesus. Yes, yes. Thank You, Jesus.

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