The Spirit of God, the Master, is on me because God anointed me.
He sent me to preach good news to the poor, heal the heartbroken,
Announce freedom to all captives, pardon all prisoners.
God sent me to announce the year of His grace—
a celebration of God’s destruction of our enemies
Often there is a lot of preaching to quell the woes of the oppressed, but rarely to stop the arm of the oppressor. Lecrae
The above statement was written by Lecrae, a Christian hip hop artist, and it struck a chord deep within me. Although it is usually with good intentions, I know that Christians often tell the ones that are going through temptations, trials and testings to “hold on;” “stand;” “trust;” “believe.” All of those things are good to say and to do; however, we have seen them faint – literally give up, or become overwhelmed and overtaken in the battle while we were encouraging them with those very words. We even give scriptures to them to “declare” and “hold onto;” yet, we have seen them become weary and lose hope. Proverbs 18:14 states, “A healthy spirit conquers adversity, but what can you do when the spirit is crushed?” The oppressed cannot fight for him or herself which is why they seek out someone whom they think has a “healthy spirit” that can lend a hand.
The question that resonated within me was who then “stops the arm of the oppressor?” Romans 15:1 states, “We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.” The Message version of this scripture reads: “Those of us who are strong and able in the faith need to step in and lend a hand to those who falter, and not just do what is most convenient for us. Strength is for service, not status. Each one of us needs to look after the good of the people around us, asking ourselves, ‘How can I help?’” The answer then to my question is I do. We do. We fight for those that the enemy has oppressed. If we can tell someone to hold on; stand; trust; believe; then we can fight for them. We should not stand idly by “feeling sorry” for them or “conveniently” giving them a Word; when we have the strength and power to do just as Isaiah 61:1-2 states. We, as sons of God with the Spirit of Christ in us, are to do just as Christ did – destroy the works of the devil. (For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. 1 John 3:8).
Whatever the issue whether it’s flesh, fear, finances, sickness, depression; Jesus came to destroy the works of the enemy and He has anointed us to do the same. So the next time you’re tempted to give a Word to your sister or brother that is in a fight, roll up your sleeves, step in front and be a shield for them and tell the enemy of their souls – if you fight against them, I am going to fight against you and I know how to fight. I am anointed to fight and win!