Oppression is a state of irregular power relations

characterized by dominance, subordination, and

resistance, in which the dominating persons or 

groups exercise their power by limiting access to 

material resources and instilling fear or 

self-deprecating views about themselves in the

 subordinated persons or groups.... So, oppression

 is a set of unequal, imbalanced, imperfect, 

irregular, lopsided power dynamics between 

individuals, genders, classes, communities,

 nations, and states.

Some people are of the belief that different groups

 of individuals have unequal power (oppression as 

a condition or state), and that the more dominant or

 privileged groups utilize their power to oppress, 

exploit, isolate, and inferiorize the oppressed groups

 (oppression as a process or act).

Oppression is a state of irregular power relations

characterized by domination, subordination, and

resistance, in which the dominating persons or groups 

exercise their power by limiting access to material 

resources and instilling fear or self-deprecating views

about themselves in the subordinated persons or 


According to the dictionary, oppression is defined

as "the unjust or cruel use of authority or power, 

especially through the imposition of burdens; the

 situation of being burdened down; an act of 

pressing down; a sense of heaviness or obstruction 

in the body or mind" (Merriam-Webster Third

International Edition). As we can see from this 

definition, oppression is not only a condition in 

which there is inequality between groups, but it is

also a process that enacts or sustains the state of


So, oppression is a set of unequal, imbalanced, 

imperfect, irregular, lopsided power dynamics 

between individuals, genders, classes, communities,

nations, and states.

The LORD detests dishonest scales, but accurate

 weights find favor with Him. 

Proverbs 11:1

Integrated in our nation’s Pledge of Allegiance, the 

phrase, "Indivisible with liberty and justice for all"

leads to the idea that each citizen is equal under

 the law.

Oppression is one of the most relentless and

 potentially violent and/or dangerous social 

forces in all of human history. Every time we 

are of the opinion we have finally disengaged

 from the evils of white supremacy, it 

reconstructs itself.  Each systemic 

reappearance is more covert, more veiled, 

than the last. 

So unrestrained is systemic racism, in fact, many are 

either ignorant of it, or choose to dismiss it from their 

recollection or at least from any discussion.

The oppression of men is often more than flesh

 and blood can bear; and He Who knows our frame,

 will not refuse to remove it in answer to the prayers 

of His people.  


Jesus came to set the captives free, and heal 


who were oppressed, clearly showing

 us that oppression is NOT God’s will. 


 Jesus went about doing good, and 

healing all who were oppressed of the

devil; for God was with Him.

Satan conceals truth and targets the mind. Satan wants to 

control, oppress, deceive and destroy humanity. 

Satan targets the mind. In doing so he can pit people 

against each other and have people killing each other. 

Satan is notorious for instigating animosity... ridiculing 

and extinguishing the light of those who are awake. He is 

divisive and will try to keep people separated by religion 

and whatever one considers to be absolutely true even 

without evidence to support their claims. 

Once he oppresses the mind he will lead people to hate 

their neighbor, themselves and prep people to destroy 


Satan and his troops are out to mislead; and persuade 

the willing soul to believe in something that is not true.

He hurls all kinds of misleading thoughts into the mind.

Satan varies his methods considerably, but his goal always 

remains the same, and that is to gain the greatest possible 

degree of control over the mind.

Our mind is very important to us because it is our decision-

making mechanism. If we lose our mind, with it we lose 

also the ability to select our options.

Satan's goal is to: confuse the mind, 

deceive the mind, and 

if possible, control the mind.

 He endeavors to scrutinize, tear people down, tempt, 

confuse, and discourage people in an effort to cause 

misery, vexation, sorrow, doubt and faithlessness. 

The enemy wants nothing more than to enter certain areas 

of our lives and render us insane, submissive, 

weak, ineffective and ready to accept his control and/or 


Oppression is the greatest violence, 

and to fight against it is always the 

most reasonable thing to do.

It appears that police brutality and the killing of unarmed 

African American citizens are running rampant. 

Could this be viewed as the new day

 "Buck breaking"?

  Could it be that the justice system was built to humiliate,

 oppress and disarm the black community, for easy control 

of rebellion, just as "Buck breaking" was used for slaves?

Hillary Clinton once asked a room full of white people to 

imagine how they would feel if police and judges treated 

them the way African Americans are treated. "If the police 

patrolled white communities with the same violence that 

they patrol poor black neighborhoods, there would be a 


So in everything, do to others what you would have them 

do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets."

(Matthew 7:12, NIV)

Jesus wasn’t simply giving us a rule to follow. He was 

unveiling the purity of God’s love and the depravity of the 

human heart.

 Jesus said: to“Do unto others,” as the Bible instructs, 

means to receive love from God and give it to others—

also known as The Royal Law (James 2:8).

Subjugating by 


The exercise of authority or power, 

mentally and/or physically, in 

burdensome or unjust manner.


The diversity of ethnicity, color, language, and sect helps 

us realize the dignity of each individual. This typically 

means being less self-serving, overcoming ego,

 overcoming self-righteous indignation, elevating our 

consciousness and emulating the characteristics of our 


When our attitudes and actions are consistent with the 

teachings of Jesus... we can share, act, and come 

together. We believe everything that is needed to build 

a culture of peace already exists within each one of us. 

May we always remember and never 


We have no greater privilege than to 

have God with us in a very personal 

and intimate way. 

During these challenging times, may 

we rest assured in knowing God's eyes 

are on us, and God is not a passive 

observer, but an active participant in 

all of our affairs. God's watchful eyes 

sees all of creation. God is fully aware

of all that takes place within creation.

No one, regardless of their station in

life, can block, bolt down or stop

the providence of God Almighty. 

There is no creature in heaven above or the earth beneath 

that is hidden from God's watchful eye. In God's

omniscient wisdom, He knows all things. 

*God knows the thoughts of our hearts before the 

thoughts even reach our imagination. 

*God examines the motives of our mind. 

*Everything is laid bare to God's pure eyes and Holy 


God's sovereignty is not limited to a single nation or 

certain people. God's love extends far beyond imaginary 

man-made barriers and worldly designations, i.e., race, 

tribe, creed, color, gender, language, age, culture,

disability, political beliefs, educational background, 

or socio-economic differences, experiences, or realities.

God is the Lord of all the world, 

and God is the Creator of all.

It is absolutely absurd and delusional to hold on to the

 idea that there is some supreme race that has the right 

to dominate others. This is a belief or impression that 

is contradicted by reality and/or rational argument. 

The philosophy which holds one race superior and 

another inferior is completely incorrect and unrighteous 

both morally and scientifically. 

The idea of difference, worldly isms, and class privilege 

are interlocking systems of oppression. They appear to be 

natural; however, they are, in fact, socially constructed

 and are used to rationalize inequality and all kinds of 


Slavery, oppression, Jim Crow, inequality and racism still 

exists... just warmed over differently. 

Exodus 20:5-6 is one of the best 

known scriptures about generational 

curses. It shows how inequality 

and oppression can be handed down 

from generation to generation.

Jesus embraced others with a radical disregard for 

their race, tribe, creed, color, class, religion, language, 

age, culture, disability, political beliefs, educational

backgrounds, or socioeconomic differences, experiences, 

or realities. 

"Jesus ransomed people for God from every tribe and 

language and people and nation."

Revelations 5:9

Jesus did not allow social status or cultural barriers to 

dictate His relationships with people.

Jesus was criticized for His actions, 

but what prophet ever lived without 


Sadly, foolish people pass their behavioral flaws to their 

children who grow up believing themselves to be entitled 

and superior to others.

Generational sins are weaknesses or tendencies that are 

handed down to us through the generations from parents 

or members of our family. These sins can involve 

behavioral patterns and ways of thinking that keep us 

trapped in the past.

When a father has a sinning way of life, his children are 

likely to have the same sinful lifestyle as well. That is why 

it is not undeserved for God to penalize sin to the third or 

fourth generation – because they are committing the same 

sins their ancestors did. Those repetitive family sins, can 

be one's gateway for demonic torment.

Each person is punished for their own sins, not the sins 

of their ancestors. The Bible tells us that God does not 

hold children liable for the sins of their parents 

(Deuteronomy 24:16). 

The Bible tells us that the sins of the father can be  

transferred and practiced down to the third and fourth 

generations. This generational torch can include demonic 

oppression, or demonic possession.

Oppression is the prolonged cruel or 

unjust treatment or control.

For some, withholding information, secrecy, keeping the 

masses dumbed down and ignorant are control

 mechanisms and weapons of mass oppression.

Oppression is the exercise of prolonged authority or

power in a cruel, burdensome, or unjust manner. It can 

also be defined as the feeling of being heavily burdened, 

mentally or physically, by troubles, adverse conditions, 

and anxiety.

What does the Bible say about inequality?

This idea of human equality is so deeply ingrained in

 modern societal thinking, we often assume that the Bible 

fully supports it as well. However, before we can consider 

the topic of inequality accurately, we need to separate the

 concepts of naturally occurring inequalities from

 behavioral, voluntary inequalities. The Bible has specific 

words for each.

God established the equal value of all human beings with 

these words: “So God created mankind in his own image, 

in the image of God he created them; male and female he 

created them” (Genesis 1:27). By creating human beings 

in His own image, God set our value based upon our 

likeness to Him. Every human being has a naturally 

occurring equality with every other human being because 

no one has been created more or less like God than any 

other. When God sent His only begotten Son into the 

world to take the punishment for our sin (John 3:16–18), 

He forever confirmed our value (2 Corinthians 5:21). For 

this reason alone, every human being has infinite and 

equal value in the sight of God. Colossians 3:11 and 

Galatians 3:28 demolish man-made racial, ethnic, and 

gender inequalities and declare that all who believe in 

Christ for salvation are equal. We are different but equally

 valuable parts of His body (Ephesians 5:30; 1 Corinthians

 12:27). So to disrespect or abuse another person based on 

physical, racial, mental, or socio-economic differences is 

always wrong (James 2:1–13).

Vertically, all humans are equal in value, and all believers 

are equal in Christ. But shoulder-to-shoulder we are clearly

 not equal. Physically, intellectually, emotionally, 

economically, and by every earthly comparison, human 

beings are unequal. Short, tall, thin, fat, weak, brilliant, 

rich, and poor—evidence of human inequality is


God is fully aware of the imbalances and forms of 

oppression in our human experience. These times of 

spiritual warfare and oppression can be viewed 

as opportunities for God's people to develop empathy and 


Inequalities in physical abilities or financial resources are 

occasions for us to practice loving our neighbors as 


(Leviticus 19:18; Romans 13:9; Mark 12:31). 

God often uses those very inequalities to teach and 

develop the character of Christ in us and in those we serve 

(John 9:1–3; Philippians 4:17; Luke 6:38).

Some inequalities are part of God’s design for us, and 

others are man-made, but all inequality will cease when 

Jesus comes again. His throne will be surrounded by 

people from every nation, tribe, and tongue. At that time, 

all our differences and inequalities will showcase His 

glory in unique and personal ways 

(Revelation 7:6; 14:9).

Regardless of whether we are being oppressed by 

physical persons, tyrannical problems, restricting 

circumstances, prohibited substances or evil spiritual 

powers, we have to combine spiritual, mental, verbal and 

physical interventions to form our own holistic 

deliverance. May we fight for our freedom from all forms 

of oppression.

The first spiritual intervention is to pray and cry out to 

God. We can see that when the Israelites were oppressed 

as slaves in Egypt, they cried out to God and He heard 

them for He said, “I have heard their cries” 

(Exodus 3:7)  and then sent them a deliverer in the person of 


Therefore, let us present our oppressing situation morning 

and evening to the Lord in prayer as we ask God to help 

us break the chains of oppression that may be distressing 


As we pray, let us use Scriptures as our foundation. 

The Word of God is the Sword of the Spirit that God has 

given us to fight with. (Ephesians 6:17) 

Scriptures we can use as personal deliverance prayers


1. O Lord, I am oppressed. Please undertake for me in the 

mighty Name of Jesus. (Isaiah 38:14)

2. Lord, please do not let the proud oppress me.

(Psalm 119:122)

3. Save me from the oppression of men so that I may keep 

Your precepts. (Psalm 119:134)

4. Let them be ashamed who persecute me, but do not let 

me be put to shame. Let them be dismayed, but do not let 

me be dismayed. Bring on them the day of doom, and 

destroy them with double destruction! (Jeremiah 17:18)

As we pray, may we believe that God will help us. May 

we believe that God can and will help us get out of the 

oppressive situation no matter how long it has been 

present in our lives.  

In addition to praying, let us keep pressing on to our 

higher calling.