Oppression of the body of Christ
Suffering - Jun 20, 2021 Author: Jeanette Green

Oppression of the body of Christ

Last week, I experienced testing through intense pain. God brought me through the test by preparing me for it, calling me to worship throughout the test, and also providing much-needed prayer support. After a couple of days of singing His praise, despite the pain, my pain levels returned to ‘normal.’ I was so relieved!

But, my relief didn’t last long. Next, I found myself in a dark pit of ‘depression’. Such intense feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness weighed me down. The thoughts that swirled through my mind all but paralyzed me. Nonetheless, Jesus helped me to continue, one agonizing step at a time. 

Nearing the end of the week, I felt ‘lighter’ and my daily walk became easier.
When I asked God what the ‘depression’ I experienced was about, He answered me through a vision.

Cloud of darkness

I saw a thick wall of clouds that spanned beyond my field of vision. Below it, darkness. In this darkness, a person dressed in a heavy black coat and a black floppy hat that covered his or her face, sat alone. The coat and the hat were so big, I couldn’t see much of the person, except the hopeless slump of his or her shoulders. I got the sense that the person had been caught in a cloudburst and was soaked and cold to the bone.

But then, the person began to sing. The song tunneled through the cloud wall and soon the brightest light shone through it, onto the person. The person’s shoulders no longer slumped, instead, they were straight and confident. The area around the person began to glow and I noticed the person looking around. He or she was surrounded by others, dressed in similar black coats and hats.

The message I gained from the vision:
I sensed that there is worldwide oppression over the body of Christ that is pulling many of us into a place of darkness where we experience such hopelessness and worthlessness, we can see nothing else. God is calling us to put on garments of praise, when the last thing we feel like, is to sing. And to keep walking, one step at a time, trusting Him to bring us through.

We must incline our ears to His voice so that we can discern the times that we are living in. Let us find our worth in our relationship with Jesus and not in the careers we have or our accomplishments, not even our ministries. Because who are we, when we no longer can do our jobs or when our ministries cannot continue because of large-scale persecution?

As we persevere in praising the Lord, He will pour his light into our hearts and give us new vision. And as we start seeing with fresh eyes, we will see we are not alone in our sufferings. Then, while we are being strengthened by the Lord, we can turn and strengthen one another.

We are not alone in our struggles. Jesus never leaves us or forsakes us. And we, as the body of Christ, are connected in spirit, even when we are isolated by our life’s circumstances.

Scripture:
Luk 22:31-32> "Simon, Simon! Listen! Satan has received permission to test all of you, to separate the good from the bad, as a farmer separates the wheat from the chaff. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith will not fail. And when you turn back to me, you must strengthen your brothers."

1Pe 4:12> My dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful test you are suffering, as though something unusual was happening to you.

1Pe 5:6-10> Humble yourselves, then, under God's mighty hand, so that He will lift you up in his own good time. Leave all your worries with him, because He cares for you. Be alert, be on watch! Your enemy, the Devil, roams around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Be firm in your faith and resist him, because you know that other believers in all the world are going through the same kind of sufferings. But after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who calls you to share his eternal glory in union with Christ, will himself perfect you and give you firmness, strength, and a sure foundation.

Gal 6:2> Help carry one another's burdens, and in this way, you will obey the law of Christ.

Prayer:
Father God, many of us are feeling weighed down by the cares of this world. We find ourselves oppressed by such darkness, we cannot see You hear You. But although we feel hopeless and worthless, we know that our truth is not what we experience in our flesh. Our truth is that You are alive and You have overcome the world, giving us victory, too. Father, we thank you that when we do not know what to pray, Your Holy Spirit makes petition for us with groanings we cannot perceive. Thank you, Lord, that You take our heavy, dark coats and hats and in their place, give us garments of praise. And as we sing to You, your light breaks through, your favor pours into our lives and enables us to strengthen one another. We praise You, Lord God. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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