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The Face of Oppression

Oppression

Injustice

Silence

These are the words that describe modern day slavery:

human trafficking.

We think this is a faceless crime:

it isn’t.

Oppression has a face.

Injustice has a face.

The 10- year- old girl sold into child slave labor,

the teenager killed trying to escape from his captors,

the teen girl and young woman forced into prostitution.

Voiceless.

Invisible.

These children of God have a face.

Let’s give them a voice.

Be a voice for the voiceless.

They are all around us.

Pay attention.

Oppression has a face.

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oppression

Exodus 14:13,14

Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

The oppression of individuals and people groups is nothing new. The Israelites lived with oppression for much of the Bible. Throughout history people have been oppressed by other people and society as a whole. Even today, there are people living with oppression. Many times the victim of oppression suffers in silence. They feel hopeless and alone. They wonder if anyone cares what they are going through. They wonder if God cares.

If you are being oppressed, let me assure you that God cares. God tells us in this verse how we can deal with oppression.

1. Do not be afraid. I understand that your situation may be terrifying, but God is telling you not to be afraid. God knows your situation and He IS in control! He will never leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5).

2. Stand firm.┬áDo not lose faith that God will deliver you. Keep the posture of integrity, ready for action, expecting further orders, joyfully and patiently awaiting God’s directions.

3. Be still. Pray consistently and wait on the Lord. Even when you don’t see anything happening, God’s word says that He IS fighting for you. He is working behind the scenes to deliver you from the oppression you are living under. God is fighting for you and will continue to do so until you are delivered.

I know that you may believe that your situation is hopeless. You may believe that God will never deliver you. He can and He will. Keep your head up! God is working on your behalf and will continue to do so until you are free.

Never give up hope! You WILL be free! Stay strong and keep your faith! God loves you and you will be free!

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