We looked at physical and spiritual oppression. In this final study we will look at the oppression of the mind or soul. John said in 3 john 1;2 , “I wish above all things that thou may proper and be in good health even as your soul prospers” In other words the prosperity of our soul/mind is parallel to our physical and spiritual prosperity. If our soul is not prospering or hindered in growth all the other aspects will suffer .
This is why the devil and his cohorts fight a Christian on the soul realm
As we mentioned before,
Oppression of the Soul happens through ideologies arguments and strongholds that hold itself above the knowledge of God.
For example Racism, sexism , male machismo, or women liberation, hatred for Jews, and all sorts of discriminations and prejudices fall under this, People kill , maim on account of such oppressions of the mind.
Adolf Hitler in killing the Jews was an oppressed and deluded mind
The slave traders who killed millions of blacks on slave ships and plantations and treated them like animals while claiming to be southern Baptist Christians were under such oppressions and delusions of the mind.
The crusaders who Killed millions and loved Killing claiming they were Christ’s followers were deluded by the devil.
People Like Bin Ladin genuinely believed in their course, they believed a lie , and Satan energised them and promoted their lies, to kill steal and destroy Gods creation . If Satan controls a mans mind , he has controlled the man , because the mans mind is like the rudder of a ship to his entire being. Where the mind goes the body follows.
There are many Christians who are still operating under strongholds and imaginations in their minds , they are deluded . They are operating under strongholds, and imaginations that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. Often their minds have been manipulated and are under control of these imaginations The mind / Soul is the realm where the enemy attacks 1st . its. Just like God wishes our soul to prosper 1st before the other areas prosper. The devil tries to capture the soul /mind first before he can possess the body and the spirit . Your Soul is the window. God told Jeremiah in Jeremiah 17:10
I the Lord search the mind, I try the heart, even to give to every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings.
We see Christians oppressed by lust, greed, anger, envy, competition and other spirits. They have lost control, yet they don’t seek deliverance by speaking the word of God on their situation and casting out demon spirits . Jesus Christ spoke to Peter saying “Get thee from me satan” , when Peter spoke out of tune against the purpose that Christ came for. Was Peter possessed? No, Was he oppressed? Yes. At that point in time satan came in to speak with his voice. In other words the window of his soul was open for satan to come in and go out . Jesus was not calling Peter satan , He was calling the spirit using him , and rebuking that spirit.
Whenever we open doors as Christians we must seek deliverance by the word of God . There is no vacuum in the spirit. It is scriptural error for a Christian to feel that they can not be in the same situation Peter was in, In fact such carelessness will make the demons energised and have enough assess to build strongholds and possess the person. Ministers of God , Christians must always check themselves and close doors of their mind. Peter was restored, but Judas opened the door to greed, did not repent and eventfully he was fully possessed of the devil. Scripture says we must be watchful unto prayers.
WHAT STOPS OPRESSION OF THE MIND
To stop the oppression of the mind one needs to empty the mind of all that is evil and fill it with Good. Mathew 12 ; 34 says “Out of the abundance of the heart/ mind, the mouth speaks “If a mind is filled with the knowledge of Gods words of Life, power , strength, and possibilities will come out . If the mind is filled with failure, fear ,doubt un belief that is what comes out . As a man thinketh so he is. Change your thinking , you will change your destiny and come out of every captivity of the mind. Fearful people cannot trust anyone, neither can they receive love. Bitter people can not progress as they feel life has passed them by, angry people can not receive joy as their minds has told them the whole world is dark and gloomy. Change your mind , you will change your life. Start to Transform your life by Renewing your mind by the word of God . Romans 12:1-3
Identifying Oppression Of the Mind
1.A Mind That does not Glorify God Romans 1:21
Because when they knew and recognized Him as God, they did not honor and glorify Him as God or give Him thanks. But instead they became futile and godless in their thinking [with vain imaginings, foolish reasoning, and stupid speculations] and their senseless minds were darkened. Romans 1:28
And so, since they did not see fit to acknowledge God or approve of Him or consider Him worth the knowing, God gave them over to a base and condemned mind to do things not proper or decent but loathsome.
Evil cannot glorify God Pharoah was asking “who Is your God” , The king of Amalek asked Hezekiah the same question .People whose minds are highly oppressed or even possessed scoff at God , [ Psalm 1:1 ] , They are ungodly because they despise God .
2. A Mind that is envious and Jealous Proverbs 24:2
For their minds plot oppression and devise violence, and their lips talk of causing trouble and vexation Proverbs 14:30
A calm and undisturbed mind and heart are the life and health of the body, but envy, jealousy, and wrath are like rottenness of the bones.
Saul had such a mind and eventually he lost his mind. Jealousy and envy is the opposite of a calm and undisturbed mind .A contented mind is calm and at rest, trusting in God.
3. A Mind that is Not stayed on God. Isaiah 26:3
You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You
If our minds don’t stay on God we will be all over the place, pursuing things and not focused, but circling around an jumping from one thing to the other. Ie Prodigal son. He was seeking money at all cost , Like many other who through the love of Money pierce their souls with arrows , He left the presence of the father and repented only at famine and problems . we must let our mind stay on God and remain in his presence irrespective of anything happening around us. Elimelech and Naomi are another example, they wandered away from the presence of God into Moab and they paid a great price . Famine moved them , Yet Boaz the kinsman prospered in the same land they left on account of famine . Don’t let the global economic meltdown make your heart not to stay on God , He is the supplier . This is the time to trust him more than before .People who go insane and people who develop hypertension etc allowed their heart to not stay on God.
4. Professing people of God who do not obey him , but follow what is in their mind and therefore continuously backslide instead of growing Jeremiah 7:24
But they would not listen to and obey Me or bend their ear [to Me], but followed the counsels and the stubborn promptings of their own evil hearts and minds, and they turned their backs and went in reverse instead of forward. Example ,children of Israel.
5. A Mind that is listening to false prophets Jeremiah 14:14
Then the Lord said to me, The [false] prophets prophesy lies in My name. I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, nor have I spoken to them. They prophesy to you a false or pretended vision, a worthless divination [conjuring or practicing magic, trying to call forth the responses supposed to be given by idols], and the deceit of their own minds Jeremiah 23:26[How long shall this state of things continue?] How long yet shall it be in the minds of the prophets who prophesy falsehood, even the prophets of the deceit of their own hearts Acts 15:24As we have heard that some persons from our number have disturbed you with their teaching, unsettling your minds and throwing you into confusion, although we gave them no express orders or instructions [on the points in question],
If we listen to the instructions of Christ in his teaching about the door. He was speaking of the church and he said , false prophets come through the window to the sheep pen[ church] as wolves and all true children must enter through the door and he then said “ I am the door” In this teaching he warned the church against false prophets . He also instructed under-shepherds elsewhere to warn his sheep. It is every Christians responsibility to guard their faith . If Jesus let us know that there was a Judas in his ministry. No Christian should expect that the church they worship in will be free of those who jump In through the window to cause confusion .As Paul said in Acts 15 above they want to throw the minds of the congregation into confusion. Those who listen to them get oppressed by this spirit of confusion and also become false brethren themselves. To get out they must uproot all they have received and renew their mind and wash their minds . We are told watch and pray , be sober and vigilant .We ourselves individually must watch out. If we allow ourselves to be Christ’s sheep, we must only hear his voice and not a strangers. Its our responsibility to guard our faith, no pastor can do it for us. All Pastors can do is warn the sheep.
6. A Mind that is proud; Nebuchadnezzar is a good example of this in Daniel 4:33-35 we read
33That very hour the thing was [in process of] being fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar. He was driven from among men and did eat grass like oxen [as Daniel had said he would], and his body was wet with the dew of the heavens until his hair grew like eagles' [feathers] and his nails [were] like birds' [claws]. 34And at the end of the days [seven years], I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted up my eyes to heaven, and my understanding and the right use of my mind returned to me; and I blessed the Most High [God] and I praised and honored and glorified Him Who lives forever, Whose dominion is an everlasting dominion; and His kingdom endures from generation to generation.
35And all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing. And He does according to His will in the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth, and none can stay His hand or say to Him, What are You doing
When Daniel Recounted the reason for the problem and judgement he said in Daniel 5:19-21
“19And because of the greatness that He gave him, all peoples, nations, and languages trembled and feared before him. Whom he would he slew, and whom he would he kept alive; whom he would he set up, and whom he would he put down. 20But when his heart was lifted up and his mind and spirit were hardened so that he dealt proudly, he was deposed from his kingly throne and his glory was taken from him; 21He was driven from among men, and his heart or mind was made like the beasts, and his dwelling was with the wild asses. He was fed with grass like oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of the heavens until he learned and knew that the Most High God rules in the kingdom of men and that He appoints and sets over it whomever He will
Today Purge your mind by the word, remove pride, disobedience, envy, rebellion, start glorifying God in your mind, exalt him . Remove all associations with false brethren . Don’t seat with the scornful and those who are ungodly .
Next week we will look at THE MIND OF AN OVERCOMER by Gods grace