My brother, my sister, the Good News is for us who have believed in Christ Jesus. You see, under the Old Testament, God ordained the peoples of Israel to stand between Him and His people. Those people brought God’s Word to the people and the people’s need and sins to God. Under the New Covenant, all believers are priests of the Lord: “you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to… be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 2:5). What does it mean? We are supposed to read the Word of God to seek to understand the will of God, confess our sins directly to God and help others who are weak or do not know Him yet.
My friend, it is when you don’t know who you are that the devil may oppress you. My motto in life is “PROBLEM BACK TO PROBLEM”. Most of the time, when oppression comes (through a situation, our finances, our family, friends, etc.), we allow it to take more space than it should by our response (fear, anxiety, murmur, idle talk, etc.) instead of confessing the Word of God against it. If oppression comes against you, remember that the Spirit of the Lord is not only upon you as in the past but He dwells within you… so repel the oppression: ‘return where you are coming from, I have better things to do with Jesus and for the Kingdom of God’. As a priest of the Lord, look at what you are supposed to do, to understand that you can not allow oppression to afflict you, paralyze your prayer or your walk with the Lord.
Today’s passage says: “They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations. Strangers will shepherd your flocks; foreigners will work your fields and vineyards. And you will be called priests of the Lord, you will be named ministers of our God. You will feed on the wealth of nations, and in their riches you will boast. Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance. And so you will inherit a double portion in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours.” (Isaiah 61:4-7)
My friend, the enemy has devastated and brought too many ruins in our families, in our relationships, in our financial situations, in our work, etc… Today, stand up and get back to the position Jesus has placed you with: “in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Romans 8:37). Stay blessed in Jesus’ name.