Abstract? The general body of the feeling of oppression, and the depression that can arise from the same, registers as a “spirit” or feeling, that can be sensed as being able to be “cast off” and denied its apparent reality.
[Cast off the yoke of oppression, take my yoke (oxen) upon you.. my yoke (the device used to couple the beast (us) to the workload (God’s work)]. Give the “spirit” a name – identify – Spirit of redemption = Jesus – (identity, Paul, “sin in me”).
The giant Goliath, if analysed, still remains a problem, just now dissected into pieces. Imagine if David had analysed Goliath instead of killing him outright. He might have sought to enter his camp at night in an attempt to break one of his legs or something. He might have succeeded, but the giant would still be there, still able to use other weapons against David.
Very Psychological. The giant has no right to life, in the face of righteousness. David/Jesus slew him. He is dead.
The personalising or personification of influences (spirit) – psychology. Oppressor/oppression/depression (no hope).
Explanation? Simplistically, (simple?) people who sense a feeling or even a mood, may attribute this to a “spirit”, and give it an identity. Or perhaps, they give it the identity first, and then as a consequence to this, it is seen as a spirit.
Psychologically they have no ability to discern or to separate thought patterns in some logical or analytical way.
They therefore address the issue directly by giving the thing an entity of its own. This was probably very common in earlier times.
But by doing this, they address the problem, confront it, identify it, in a direct way; and so avoid the trap of analysing it and so causing it to lose its objectivity through loss of focus. [loss of polarisation?].
Jesus is seen to address the “spirits” directly, sometimes by “name”. Jesus Himself is the Spirit of redemption sent by God. Jesus Himself becomes the “Holy Spirit”, the “Comforter”, the “Spirit of Truth”. (But when He, the Spirit of Truth comes, he will reveal me..?”). (“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom”).
So there could be a “spirit of oppression”, which then becomes the oppressor. A cloud of thought, of mood, a “spirit”.
Identity is an important thing, easily seen in Jesus, who knew His identity as being the Son of God.
Paul knew his identity, in Romans 7, as simply himself – He reasoned that since he knew within his deeper self that he wanted better things of himself than that which he was experiencing, that something else in him was causing the trouble. He recognised that as a person, he was not integrated, was not focused, was not “whole”. That there appeared to be other “entities” within, perhaps; he concluded and said “therefore it is not I, but sin that dwells (lives) in me”. In this case, being the analytical Paul that he is, he has not personified the inner problem (and maybe that gives us a clue as to why the devil occurs elsewhere but not here, in that Paul is sophisticated enough to be able to recognise this analytical structure within, of, by, himself. That temptation is an inner thing, not an outer thing.)
He goes on to exclaim “wretched man that I am…” because he knows no way out of this captivity to his “body of death” (that keeps on producing the things of death, IE unrighteousness.)
He disassociates himself from the inner problem (how much of that problem is physiological and how much is psychological?). “It is not I…”
His release comes from the power of sin over him, when he sees that Jesus takes sin to the grave with him. A death has been accomplished which has both satisfied sin and law (the law of sin and death). The victory of this is now applicable to those who “take on” the identity of Jesus (by “proxy”?) But certainly in reality, the reality of his righteous Spirit working with our spirit to produce righteousness.
Paul has now “polarised” himself (the Spirit has polarised him), his heart has been captured by God’s love as it is in Christ Jesus. His identity is now as that of a son of God, of THE Son of God, and he refuses all other identities. He (like Jesus did) follows the Spirit. (But now The “Comforter”).
[spirit may have to be recognised as that which is directly connected with God’s “world”; is a direct connection between the created and the Creator.] [hence the distortion, warping, of God’s “environment” by people who utilise “psychic” influences in a wrong way, and identified in the bible as “familiar spirits”. The Holy Spirit, the Spirit of truth, and the “Holy Ghost” are the one and the same risen Jesus, now in a position and place to “intercede” for men. This is the Spirit of the living God, himself, his entity, his being.]
Back to the beginning. When people use devil or satan to identify the problem, they are “polarising” the situation, and their own thinking, to simplify the focus and the “blame”, in order to separate themselves from the “evil”. In this way, they can “gather around the flag” and bring to bear the appropriate course of action or thinking on the situation. They can justify themselves, correctly, by identifying and separating right from wrong, and their own standing in the matter.
So if we feel “oppressed”, we perhaps need, not to assign this to an entity in this day and age, but to recognise that it is, collectively perhaps, a group of forces that are in opposition to our well-being. Which arises from insecurity in God and a lack of polarisation to His camp.
The answer is to re-establish that polarisation, to offer assurance of the difference between ourselves and “them” or “that”. (what? (:) )
To recognise that the very fact of it feeling like oppression means it is to be seen as coming from the “wrong side of the tracks”, and is to be CAST OFF. Let it go, it is of death, which was dealt with by Jesus. It does not belong to us, not because we are worthy, or have done anything deserving, but because it is NOT OF HIM. And therefore, not of, not to be of, us.
Such feelings of oppression belong to the kingdom of the world, not of HIS world, and HIS world is the base reality of all things, regardless that evil holds some sway at the present time. Evil may distort, warp, disguise HIS reality in this world, but He has left a SIGN, the cross, for all to see.
Of course we may need a certain courage to move out from under the shadow of oppression, and into His light. But it is really a matter of resolve, to be true to self and Him, and to do what is right, to do it, to let it go. The oppression is false and temporary, has no right to exist at all, is an illusion, a false spirit. Besides, we feel so much better for losing it.
Yes we may fail but failure has been dealt with by Him, move on. Reach up. Reach out.
Past, present, future. Our past must not control our present, which becomes our future. Our lives must be in present time, and in hope for the future. And, by believing, in experiencing that future in hope, we experience it NOW in reality. We are seated with Him who sits at the right hand of God. We reign as kings and priests with Him NOW.
Might just add here (for no particular reason) that there are different things that crop up in the spirit world. A friend related the story of a ghost of his dead father, and another told how his friend had seen his mother at a coven group levitating a table and chairs. Ghost stories are quite common. I believe that all these things are due to distortions and warping and manipulation of the basic things and environment of God, rather than the superstitious elements as posed by the usual idea of “evil” supernatural forces.
Composed 19th October 2016