What Is Oppression and How to Overcome It

In my post on Monday, I shared how I was overcome by oppression this past weekend. Click here to read Monday’s post. Wintertime is not my favorite season mainly because of the lack of warmth and sunlight. I am so ready for Spring, how about you? Consequently, Satan saw this as the perfect time to step up his attack on my mind. So what Is oppression and how do we overcome it?

It is satans number one tool of choice to bind up and dominate our lives. We must be on guard and learn to identify and understand oppression. Once we do, we can learn to stay on the offense and walk free. I understand many of us struggle with this issue. But Satan made a HUGE mistake this weekend. He intended to tear me down. However, my Abba God will use me to inform and encourage others of Satan’s schemes. Thereby, enabling others to gear up in their spiritual armor and stand firm!

The Andronikov Monastery in Moscow

According to Rick Renner.org, outside the city of Moscow stands The Andronikov Monastery of the Saviour. Its ancient walls were built in 1357 and have survived plagues, wars, fires, and even the invasion of Napoleon, which occurred in 1812.

Andronikov Monastery by Trip Advisor

However, in 1917, when the Russian Revolution took place and Soviet powers began to rule the land, the monastery was closed because religion had become illegal. From 1918 to 1922, the monastery became the first site of mass executions. Political prisoners, political opponents, and anyone deemed to be dangerous by the state was incarcerated and shot there. The Andronikov Monastery became a very oppressive place.

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What is the True Meaning of “Oppression”?

What is oppression exactly? First, it is important to understand that oppression is not depression. In fact, oppression and depression are not synonymous.

Depression can be caused by:

  • disappointments
  • fatigue
  • diet
  • a relentless schedule
  • a chemical imbalance

Often, depression can be eliminated by taking a day off, by eating differ­ently, or even by medication. Typically, the source of depression is internal physiologically, or physically.

Dictionary.com defines oppression as:

  • the exercise of authority or power in a burdensome, cruel, or unjust manner.
  • an act or instance of subjecting to cruel or unjust impositions or restraints.
  • the feeling of being heavily burdened, mentally or physically, by troubles, adverse conditions, anxiety, etc.

The etymology of “oppression” is from:

Latin oppressionem “a pressing down; violence, oppression,” noun of action from past participle stem of opprimere “press against, press together, press down;” figuratively “crush, put down, subdue, prosecute relentlessly“.

Meaning “action of weighing on someone’s mind or spirits”. It is from the late 14 century. It carries the sense of “whatever oppresses or causes hardship” and “rape.

Wow. When a person is oppressed, he or she feels overpowered by some external force.

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A Few Synonyms for Oppression

Synonyms for oppression include:

  • abuse, brutality, coercion,
  • compulsion, control, cruelty,
  • dictatorship, domination, force,
  • harassment, iron-handedness, repression,
  • subjugation, torment, tyranny.

In the New Testament, the word “oppression” carries the idea of tyranny. It refers to an outside force that is ruling over, subduing, harassing, conquering, overpowering and telling the one who’s oppressed what to think, what to believe, and what the future will be.

It is interesting to note that this particular word was used in connection with those who were oppressed by the devil.

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Oppressed in Greek

The word “oppressed” is the Greek word, katadynasteuo. This word carries the idea of domination, or more precisely, a dominating tyrant. It denotes the oppressive power of a wicked tyrant; one who rules over and cruelly tyrannizes his subjects, bullying them. It further describes one who is cruel; one who rules in despotism; a dictator; someone who is oppressive or tyrannical.

When oppression is at work, there is a tormenting exterior force that is pressing against an individual emotionally or spiritually, trying to subdue, conquer, and overcome that person. Oppression is a very spiritual force used by Satan the father of lies.

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Just think about it…

People often believe that depression and oppression are synonymous, but they are not. List three differences between depression and oppression.

Most of us have experienced both depression and oppression in our life­time. Think of an instance in which you dealt with depression. Were you able to identify it as depression, and if so, what steps did you take to overcome the depression?

In my next post, we will look at 7 different levels of oppression Satan uses.

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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 biblegateway.com 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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