Luke 4:18-19;18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, 19. To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
Today my desire is not only to bring to you a testimony as to what the Lord has done for me but also to bring the anointing of the Lord to heal many of the brokenhearted.
It is the brokenhearted that are the ones who ever give in and lose in life (which is supposed to be very victorious.) There are many ways that one may become the brokenhearted, such as strife, rejection, sin, abandonment, betrayal, calamity and others.
Isaiah 38:14-19 Like a crane or a swallow, so did I chatter: I did mourn as a dove: mine eyes fail with looking upward: O LORD, I am oppressed; undertake for me. 15 What shall I say? he hath both spoken unto me, and himself hath done it: I shall go softly all my years in the bitterness of my soul. 16 O Lord, by these things men live, and in all these things is the life of my spirit: so wilt thou recover me, and make me to live. 17 Behold, for peace I had great bitterness: but thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption: for thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back. 18 For the grave cannot praise thee, death can not celebrate thee: they that go down into the pit cannot hope for thy truth. 19 The living, the living, he shall praise thee, as I do this day: the father to the children shall make known thy truth.
OPPRESSION: Greek translation: to burden or keep in subjugation by harsh and (or) unjust use of force or authority; tyrannize. To lie heavy upon physically or mentally; weighted down, depress, dispute. To crush or trample, overwhelm, abuse.
Hebrew translation: to distress, affliction, crush, force, hold fast, affliction, unjust gain, cruelty, extortion, something gotten through deceit, slaughter, to drive, tax or tyrannize. To tax is to; burden, encumber, overload, overwork, strain and tire
Oppressor: one who drives for taxes or a taskmaster.
2 Timothy 2:22-2622 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 23 But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes. 24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, 25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; 26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.
Satan as the oppressor causes his captives to tire, which is; drain, exhaust, wear down, exasperate, irk and cause to become weary.
Oppression has always been taught as an attack on the mind. Oppression first’s place of attack is not the mind. Oppression will find its way into the mind and thought life of its victim but it does not begin there.
Oppression first and foremost attack is the heart of man. If oppression can burden down the heart then the person will not be capable of rational decision making. To understand this principle, we need to examine the scriptures and view them from what they say not what we think they say. Let’s first look at the word heart, it appears some 830 times in 762 verses as compared to the word mind which appears 95 times in 93 verses. It’s generally understood as the “center of man,” not just a circulatory muscle. Hebrews 4:12. For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
In the New Testament the Greek word for heart is “kardia” (kar- dee’-ah) which means the thoughts and feelings. The Hebrew word is “lab”, and also carries the meaning of the feelings, the will, and even the intellect. It is known as the conscious of man. The heart of man is defined best as the center of man.
Where man’s soul and spirit border is impossible to define. However the Word says that it can divide the soul and the spirit. Therefore, it is most important to be in the Word. Since the heart (not the mind) is the principal place of the thoughts, feeling, will and intellect then we must put a guard around it to prevent the enemy from oppressing it. Proverbs 4:20-23: My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. 21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. 22 For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. 23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
So then oppression will put unjust force upon a person, it will burden down its victim, oppression will tyrannize its victim until they become weak in the heart. When they do, oppression will lie heavily on its victim in order to crush, trample and overwhelm the victim and lead that one in self abuse as in the case of all who are dependent on anything other than God Himself. This is when the spirit of possession moves in.
I am firmly convinced that both oppression and possession are spirits and make use of all other spirits of Satan to perform their evil work. I am equally convinced that both can work within a person as much as without. Most ministers teach that oppression comes against the person from the outside, yet if it is to attack the heart then it must do its work from the inside as well. It does most of its damage once it is within the person.
The spirit of oppression works very much in the following pattern. First the oppressive spirit working in conjunction with other spirits causes some type of hurt to take place in their victim’s life. This is usually caused through the person giving the spirits license through careless speaking, words that allow the enemy to act. Isaiah 55:11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. Words must fulfill their mission, it is why we guard what we say. If we do not watch over our words we allow every evil work to come upon us if it so chooses. James 3:1-16 (KJV) My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation. 2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body. 3 Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body. 4 Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth. 5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.7 For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: 8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. 10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? 12 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? Either a vine, figs? So can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh. 13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
Once the hurt is established within the heart, the victim begins to repress the feeling of that hurt instead of dealing with it when it takes place. This repression is in fact the next spirit to move in. It is a lesser spirit performing its job. Repression cause’s a small crack to appear in the victims heart through which yet other spirits may enter.
The third spirit working with oppression and repression is, regression. Regression is; a medical term meaning “the subsidence of a disease.” The victim slowly gives way to the disease that they are experiencing, first in the heart, then in the mind and finally in the body. Through this regression the crack in the heart is now much larger. If the victim will return to the Word and the things of God healing is usually quite easily come by at this stage. If they do not act on the things of God, another harsher spirit is usually called into action, forming a strong hold even harsher. Forcing the crack in the heart wider yet.
The next spirit stronghold is; suppression, the term means; “the deliberate exclusion from the consciousness of any action, emotion, or desire.” So then this spirit drives the person to just annul any thought of the hurt, but to annul something is not to heal or even forget it, it is to vacate or make empty and that is exactly what this suppression spirit wants. For if it can make a vacant place in the heart then all other spirits can move in. Matthew 12:45: Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.
Often the next spirit in the line after oppression is bitterness. Once suppression has made a vacant place bitterness moves in. Through bitterness comes a poison into the person’s life which all who come in contact with will choke at, except the bitter person themselves. Acts 8:20-24:20 But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money. 21 Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God. 22 Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee. 23 For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity. 24 Then answered Simon, and said, Pray ye to the Lord for me, that none of these things which ye have spoken come upon me.“The gall of bitterness” this means poison in your temperament which is sharp and cutting. c\f Ephesians 4:3131 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: Hebrews 12:15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;
The bitter person becomes unwilling to be close to any using a sharp and cutting tongue to be sure no one and nothing ever gets close to them again. The crack in the heart is now weakening to the point where the strain has the person almost ready to break and become broken hearted.
Now the next spirit to come on the scene is called, depression.
The depressed person becomes a lonely person for they seek only the company of themselves and their depression, and yes they do become very possessive of their own demon spirit of depression. This spirit keeps them from associating with other so that he will not be discovered. So they become reclusive and withdrawn making their associations with others as brief as possible not wishing discovery.
The depressed person always has themselves in mind and is easily offended when any other seek to go any other way but theirs. They concentrate totally on self. They choose not to share in others lives and feel others should be inputting into them while of course they reject any outside input. They soon lose the values that life had for them and consider others values as worthless not fulfilling. Their mind becomes weak and passive and they exercise the reasoning process as little as possible. In other words they become unreasonable. Once the depressed person succumbs to depression, the victim is ready for Satans next on slot that being distress.
As the Hebrew word for oppression bears out, oppression purpose is to place the victim in a place of distress. This is; acute or extreme suffering, it is agony, worry, extreme pain, trouble and harassment. The distressed person loses quickly all hope and slips into the grip of the enemy even harder. They suffer so much inward pain that they convince themselves that no cure or help will ease them out.
This is the group of people who are most likely to commit crimes against themselves and others. Death, murder and suicide often follow after distress. As its description says this is acute or extreme suffering, the reason for the suffering being so acute is that this is the final stage before the heart breaks.
Before we examine the final stage turn to Psalms 55. The distressed person is a complainer and his complaining is baseless. He complains of:
To the chief Musician on Neginoth, Maschil, A Psalm of David.
1 Give ear to my prayer, O God; and hide not thyself from my supplication. 2 Attend unto me, and hear me: I mourn in my complaint, and make a noise; 3 Because of the voice of the enemy, because of the oppression of the wicked: for they cast iniquity upon me, and in wrath they hate me. 4 My heart is sore pained within me: and the terrors of death are fallen upon me. 5 Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and horror hath overwhelmed me. 6 And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest. 7 Lo, then would I wander far off, and remain in the wilderness. Selah. 8 I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest. 9 Destroy, O Lord, and divide their tongues: for I have seen violence and strife in the city. 10 Day and night they go about it upon the walls thereof: mischief also and sorrow are in the midst of it. 11 Wickedness is in the midst thereof: deceit and guile depart not from her streets. 12For it was not an enemy that reproached me; then I could have borne it: neither was it he that hated me that did magnify himself against me; then I would have hid myself from him: 13 But it was thou, a man mine equal, my guide, and mine acquaintance. 14 We took sweet counsel together, and walked unto the house of God in company. 15 Let death seize upon them, and let them go down quick into hell: for wickedness is in their dwellings, and among them. 16 As for me, I will call upon God; and the LORD shall save me. 17 Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice. 18 He hath delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me: for there were many with me. 19 God shall hear, and afflict them, even he that abideth of old. Selah. Because they have no changes, therefore they fear not God. 20 He hath put forth his hands against such as be at peace with him: he hath broken his covenant. 21 The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords. 22 Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. 23 But thou, O God, shalt bring them down into the pit of destruction: bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in thee.
A) The voices he hears believing it to be the enemy.
B) He complains of his oppressions but does not take any action to defeat the oppressor.
C) He complains about the accusations and the accuser but does not use the Word to defeat them.
D) He complains about the anger and hatred but it’s locked in him.
E) He complains about the condition of his heart feeling helpless to change it.
F) He complains about the terrors of death for his heart is breaking and he knows a broken heart will lead to death.
G) He complains about horror knowing that it is extreme fear and dread and it overwhelms him to non-action.
H) The storms (trials) and strong winds (circumstances) of the enemy blow hard against him and he complains.
I) He knows that others speak against him and wag their tongues in gossip because he is so pitiful. He is powerless to defeat the words, for he is in the center of violence and strife.
J) Wickedness, deceit, guile, and treachery are working against him all spirits of oppression and destruction.
As distress places it’s horrible lock on its victim’s life the final attack is about to take hold. For if left to do its evil work, as distress occurs the crack become a tear, the tear become a break.
As one examines this one can readily see that a person does not become possessed by Satan easily but the fact remains that one can become possessed. This procession works, the fact that the person is a Christian or not has no bearing on Satan. He will do his utmost to take possession of the person in the heart. This is what becomes known as a broken hearted person.
For one to become possessed by Satan, he first oppress’ the person giving way in the heart to oppression, giving way until the heart breaks. It is necessary to look at the meaning of the word possession which is to occupy by driving out the previous tenants, and possessing their place. It also means to seize, to rob, to expel, to inherit, to ruin, cast out, consume, destroy, disinherit, to be or made poor, to come to poverty. The brokenhearted are truly a satanically ruled people. That’s the bad news.
The good news is Christ Jesus himself, look at Isaiah 61:1-3 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; 2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; 3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified, and
Luke 4:18.The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, 19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
It is taught that Jesus quoted Isaiah when speaking however he changed it sightly but that slight change makes all the difference in the world. In Isaiah the verse says “to bind up the brokenhearted,” the word bind here means to wrap firmly or compress, to hold together until healing takes place. If you break a leg you place a splint or cast around the leg to bind it up and keep the bones together. Yet even after the bone mends there is always a weak point. The break will always have a hairline crack in it, it will still show itself in a x-ray years later.
In Luke however Jesus changes the word from bind to heal, meaning; to cure or make whole. If something is whole there are no cracks or faults, the item is entire. Christ is saying “I make you entire.” The brokenhearted before my coming could at the best be held together, now with my coming I make the brokenhearted entire and whole again. Therefore the heart is whole and the enemy has been driven out. You are delivered, whole and free. Possessed by my love.
The brokenhearted must make that love real in their lives. Christ has already healed you from your broken heart by the love and blood. He shed for you. Your trust and hope must be in Christ. Turn to Romans 8:35-39, Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
All these heart breaking things cannot separate us from the love that is Christ Jesus, meaning, He loves so much that our hearts will not become overwhelmed and break.
Be sure of this however that Satan is out there seeking whom he may devour. 1 Peter 5:8,8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: He cannot devour any who remain in the Word. Turn to 2 Timothy 4:17, Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. In Christ Jesus we have deliverance from the mouth of the lion (Satan).
Job 4:8-11, Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same. 9 By the blast of God they perish, and by the breath of his nostrils are they consumed. 10 The roaring of the lion, and the voice of the fierce lion, and the teeth of the young lions, are broken. 11 The old lion perisheth for lack of prey, and the stout lion’s whelps are scattered abroad.
Sums it up best. Praise God the lion young or old is defeated.
You with a broken heart there is healing in the Word, there is healing in the name of Jesus and there is healing in the blood of Jesus just come to Jesus for it.
Isaiah 53: Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? 2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. 3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. He carried our griefs and sorrows. In the Hebrew the word here for griefs is, “choliy”, it means; malady, anxiety, calamity and disease. Sorrow comes from the word, “makob”, it means; afflictions, pain and sorrow. Through the love that Jesus showed to us, we are healed.
Look to the final verses in this study, Acts 10:38, How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. Jesus healed ALL who were oppressed by the devil. You are or can be one of the ALL.
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17: Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, 17 Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work. (KJV)