How to Overcome and Conquer Oppression

In our study of oppression, we have learned that oppression is not depression (read more here). Moreover, we learned about the seven levels of oppression (read more here). However, we have been given powerful weapons and a winning strategy to pull down fortresses built by the devil. In this post, we will learn what they are and how to overcome and conquer oppression. We can abolish, dismantle, disassemble, and demolish oppression from our lives.

The word “oppression” originates from a Latin term which means to press upon or to press against. A person who is oppressed feels something pressing on him from the outside. Oppression does not come from the inside; it comes from the outside. A person who is oppressed feels Moreover, it is a spiritual force from the devil overpowering him.

There Is Hope

If you are a person who is oppressed, most likely you are feeling overpowered by your mind and emotions. Satan the devil (father of Lies) is literally ruling over you. He has found a foothold into your mind, emotions, and imagination and has built a stronghold there. Therefore, like a wicked king or tyrant, the devil is trying to dominate and control your life. All from the stronghold, he has established in your mind. However, there is hope through Jesus Christ.

Weapons To Demolish Oppression

2Corinthians 10:4 is an awesome verse where the apostle Paul begins to explain how to demolish oppression. It states:

For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds,” – 2 Corinthians 10:4 MEV

Then Paul, thinking of a Roman soldier’s weapons used that analogy to help us understand our weapons given to us by the Spirit of God. Ephesians 6:14-20 states:

Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers…” – Ephesians 6:14-20  (NLT)

Per the Scripture above, we find the full weaponry given to us by the Spirit of God. The weapons are available for any believer to access and use against the oppression of the enemy.

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God has supplied everything we need. His Word tells us how to overcome and conquer oppression, the most used scheme of the devil. 

Roman Soldier’s Weapons Believer’s Spiritual WeaponsSide Notes
Belt                    Truth
Body armorGod’s Righteousness
ShoesThe peace that comes from the Good News(so that you will be fully prepared)
Shield         Faith(to stop the fiery arrows of the devil)
Helmet               Salvation
Sword the Spirit(which is the word of God)
Spear (not mention by name but implied)Prayer (Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers…)

Understanding the Greek Meanings

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For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds,” 2 Corinthians 10:4 MEV

“Warfare”, “Carnal”, and “Mighty” in the Greek

Warfare” is the Greek word strateia, which describes a well-planned strategic attack. It is from the Greek word streateu­omai, which depicts strategic warfare, including a line of attack, methods to be used in the attack, and the route chosen to carry out the debilitating assault.

Carnal” is the Greek word sarkikos meaning:

  • Having the nature of flesh, i.e. under the control of the animal appetites
    • governed by mere human nature, not by the Spirit of God
    • having its seat in or aroused by the animal nature
    • human: with the included idea of depravity

Therefore, we see that our weapons are not natural. Moreover, our weapons are not manmade. They are supernatural, divine, spiritual weapons. Hence, they are mighty!

 “Mighty” is the Greek word dunatos, which is from the word dunamis. It describes something explosive. It’s superhuman power that comes with enormous energy and produces phenomenal, extraordinary, unparalleled results. It is the same Greek word that describes the full might of an advancing army, which means when these weapons are working, it is like an army’s power has been released to drive back the darkness that has tried to attack your mind. WOW!!!

This means when the weapons and the power of God are working in us, we no longer need to hide from the enemy! We can both confront the stronghold and pull it down. We can know how to overcome and conquer oppression!

“Pulling down”, and “Stronghold” in the Greek

Pulling down” is the Greek word kathairesis meaning to take down; to disassemble, if needed, bit by bit.

Stronghold” is ochuroma and it describes a castle, prison, or a fortress. The Greek word pictures a strong­hold with walls fortified to keep outsiders out. Moreover, it also depicts a dreadful prison constructed deep inside a fortress that was intended to prevent a hostage or prisoner from escaping.

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We Actually Empower the Oppression

Because we have believed the lies, it has empowered the lies to become a reality. When we embrace the lie the devil has been pounding into our thoughts, The devil, like a tyrant, moves into the lie (fortress/stronghold) that he has built. It is a well-defended lie that we have heard for so long, we really believe it.

The lie becomes a fortress, a prison. The walls are thick and we have been restrained by them for a long time. Unfortunately, when others try to help us, they cannot seem to penetrate the walls. Consequently, we have been taken hostage and are imprisoned inside the walls of a well-defended lie in your head. Hence, it’s a stronghold.

The Remedy to be Set Free of Oppression

Paul told the Corinthian Church how to overcome and conquer oppression! The first part of 2 Corinthians 10:5 states:

“Casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God…,

A Little More Greek Understanding

  • Casting down” is a translation of the same Greek word used for “pulling down” in verse 4.
  • Imagination” is logismos and is where we get logical thinking. It denotes the thoughts and emotions operating in the mind.
  • High thing” is from a Greek word hypsōma describing any kind of barrier or any pre­sumptuous thought.
  • Exalts itself ” is from epairō describing something haughty; something arrogant; something which, in pride, lifts itself up.

The devil knows that the mind is the central control center of your life, and whoever controls your mind controls you. That is why God wants your mind! That’s the reason we need to renew our minds with the Word of God (see Romans 12:2). God wants your mind because when God has your mind, He has you.

An All-Out War Against the Knowledge of God

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There is a Greek phrase for “against the knowledge of God” that is a combination of several different words: “enántia sti gnósi tou Theoú.” It depicts an all-out war against the knowledge of God.

Consider the following example below.

  • God says you are healed. This is the knowl­edge of God.
    • Your flesh says you are not healed and you will never be healed.
  • God also says you are perfect in Christ.
    • Your flesh will say you are a failure and that you’re never going to be anything in life.

Any mind and imagination that has been penetrated by the enemy, will exalt itself against whatever God says about you. God speaks the truth; oppression says the opposite. It is an all-out war against whatever God has declared about you!

What God has said about you is the truth. If you want to be set free, you have to make a decision. Whatever oppression or stronghold or vain imagination is working in your head, you must decide to commit an all-out war against that lie!

Bring Every Thought Captive

Paul continues to teach the Corinthian Church in the second half of 2 Corinthians 10:5 how to overcome and conquer oppression by:

bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,” — 2 Corinthians 10:5

 “Obedience” is the Greek word hupakoe. It depicts one who is submitted; one who listens willingly or by force; one who obeys what he hears, either willingly or by compulsion, duress, or pressure.

To destroy strongholds, we must speak to our minds and emotions. In other words, we need to submit ourselves to the Word of God. It’s up to each person to decide who they will listen to. God your Creator will never force you into submission. He allows us to make our own decisions. It’s called free will.

What Will it Be?

We must choose which voice we will listen to. We can either listen to the lie or listen to the truth. Whatever voice we listen to is the one we will believe, and the voice we believe is the one that will become our reality.

Make the choice to put into action what God says and not what you feel or the lie you have believed! Find the scriptures you need and take a stand against the devil. Read or speak the Truth OUT LOUD when you hear the lies.

The devil can place things in your mind but he can not read your mind. This is why we need to speak God’s truth OUT LOUD.

You are telling Satan NO MORE of his lies. Once he is convinced that you mean business he will leave you. This is also the process of renewing your mind and emotions by submitting to Christ and His Word rather than to the lies. This is what is meant by “bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ and the knowledge of God.”

We Can Be Free!

We must make the choice to hear the truth and believe it. The truth becomes our reality and obliterates the lie. We can walk free of every oppressive thought if we are willing to listen to the Word of God and take every thought captive. I am living proof of battles won! This is how to Overcome and conquer oppression.


Just think about it…

James 4:7 “Therefore submit yourselves to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

Romans 12:2“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

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Be encouraged! Until we meet again, I am, Passionately Loving Jesus, The Anchor of my soul!

If you are not yet a follower of Christ, know that God loves you and is longing for a RELATIONSHIP WITH YOU! It is not a coincidence that you have come across this website and especially this article. God has an awesome plan for your life!

Scriptures used are from and unless otherwise noted, I’m using the New Living Translation (NLT)Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

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  1. Joanne says:

    Rebuke, not Burke

    1. Bonnie says:

      Hi Joanne
      Have you read my post on “Jesus Revealed from Genesis to Revelation”?

      1. Joanne says:

        Well Sunday night I got the victory, so real, but when I got home I messed up again! Prayers. My thought pattern

        1. Bonnie says:

          Hi Joanne, you are more than welcome to email me at if you would like to talk further at any time. We are in a spiritual battle. Satan is always trying to drag us down. I have uploaded some books where I found strength in devouring God’s Word. I recommend the One titled God Cares for You. It is a study I did in the Book of Psalms. They are a free resource.

  2. Joanne says:

    I am now battling a awful feeling , to not have desire to live for God, so uncomfortable. Any thoughts. Last night I prayed they and felt a god lift me up, next day, the feeling sweeps in, I try to remember to r Burke but I wasn’t fast enough to,

  3. Joanne says:

    I do need to give you a praise report, this morning I felt the Lord touch me and say there is hope like three times, I cried spoke the heavenly language and feel peace! I’m on to the road to recovery!reading Gods word

    1. Bonnie says:

      That is so awesome! Keep feeding yourself on the Word of God! Rev. 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.

  4. Joanne says:

    I am reading again and I do have to have control of my mind? That’s what everyone is telling me, I keep wanting the lord to just remove it, but I need to stay in the word and change what I think to things of God?! Last night I rebuked the dvil to flee, I no longer feel fear and anxiety, I slept all night, I feel God love, but I need to get complete freedom in my soul, so it will take time I ask? Thank you . God bless, I don’t want to keep bothering ppl.

    1. Bonnie says:

      We are to encourage each other. Seeking help in times of need is not a bother.

  5. Joanne says:

    This is so encouraging, I have had an oppression that is bothering Me. for a month and a half, I felt I thought God told me to do something I did not want to do and then I heard the real Jesus tell me no,so now I let that voice in I was fooled and confused, I need to get up and read the word like you say and pray and believe what the Lord has said, he has blessed me in this time an do need to embarrass it, , it is not easy,but I must otherwise I don’t do anything. God bless

    1. Bonnie says:

      Thank you Joanne for your kind words. I have struggled with oppression in the past. And occasionally satan will still try to get me down. I have found that the Psalms are a balm to my soul. Remember that if our Creator God YAHWEH, tells us to do something it will ALWAYS be backed up by His Word in the Bible. I also invite you to watch our sermons from Grace Fellowship on Rumble or Facebook live Sunday mornings at 10:30 am. Be Encouraged Joanne, our redemption. Jesus Christ is returning any day!

I would enjoy hearing your thoughts!