18 Dec, 2023 Breaking the chains of oppression and repression
By Summer Lane
Life is hard. Life is cruel. And sometimes, life just breaks our spirits. Despite the brokenness of the world today, there is hope: Jesus Christ. Throughout the oppression of addiction, depression, or identity crisis, the Lord is there for us. Throughout sickness and pain and fear, the Lord is there for us. Throughout it ALL, the Lord is THERE.
Isaiah 41:10 beautifully says, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
In the New Testament, Romans 8:38-39 says, “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
What wonderful reminders of the hope and security that we have in Christ!
Recently, the Counter Culture Mom Show took a moment to talk with individuals who know a thing or two about oppression, addiction, and pain. They shared their stories on the show, and if you’re finding the holiday season difficult to cope with in 2023, be sure to check them out. And remember, friend: Jesus loves you.
As many as 60 percent of American Christians today may be demonically oppressed, says apostolic preacher and author, Alexander Pagani. Alexander preaches frequently on the topic of deliverance as pastor of Amazing Church in Bronx, New York. He explains the three different kinds of oppression: flesh-based sin, demonic oppression, and generational curses. He encourages Christians to seek the Holy Spirit in all instances. Alexander also breaks down the bullet points of identifying markers of demonic oppression and how to respond. He discusses how and why someone can suffer from a generational curse and reminds us that Jesus Christ is the ultimate curse-breaker. Jesus washes sins away and cleanses even the strongest curses!
Children are being exposed to pornography at younger and younger ages, highlighting a growing and sinister addiction problem permeating America and around the globe. When it comes to the dark side of porn, former Superior Court Judge W. Kent Levis is very familiar with the evil enslavement it can become. He was living a secret life of sin, viewing pornography which consumed all of his free time. When his problem was discovered, he was forced to confront it, confess the addiction to his wife, and walk through years of counseling and recovery. Kent shares his journey of healing by getting raw and real about his struggles, as well as why and how it has become such an “exciting” but wickedly destructive pastime for so many people.
The biggest lie that the enemy wants the church to believe is to confuse them about their identity. Latoya Lackey aptly points out this sobering fact, reminding us that the Christian life isn’t just about checking boxes. As the founder of Latoya Lackey Ministries, Latoya is passionate about teaching people about their God-given identity and deliverance. She explains the type of lies that Satan tells us and our children about who we are, and how we can recognize and deny those sinister untruths. She also says that our identity is the key factor in breaking free from the bonds of Satan’s lies. If we know who we are in Christ, there’s a God-given assignment that will drive our lives forward with passion and purpose!
Summer Lane is the #1 bestselling author of 30 books, including the hit Collapse Series and Resurrection Series. She is an experienced journalist and columnist who reports on news within the U.S. and abroad. She is the Associate Editor for Right Side Broadcasting Network. Additionally, she analyzes politics and policies on The Write Revolution.
Summer is also a mom and wife who enjoys rural country living, herding cats, and gardening. She is passionate about writing on women’s issues, parenting, and politics from a theologically-grounded perspective that points readers to the good news of the gospel.
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