Oppression relates to feeling burdened by emotions such as anxiety and fear. Oppression can also take the form of depression or exaggerated fears. God extends healing to the soul, body and spirit. God is concerned with our emotional state and he wants us to be free of worry and torment. In Luke, Jesus quotes from Isaiah’s writing in the Old Testament. The writings also makes reference to binding up the broken hearted. (Isaiah 61:1)
Difficulties from our past can leave us feeling broken hearted and crushed. Emotional, physical and other forms of abuse leaves scars that cannot he seen by the physical eyes. But people shield the pain through insecurities and other excesses. Knowing who we are in Christ brings freedom and the understanding that our past does not define us. It provides information about where we are coming from but it does not determine our outcome.
A painful past surrendered to God can he used for his glory. We confess our fears and worries to him and allow him to heal our wounds. At times it is necessary to talk to someone about how we have been hurt. A trained counsellor for example, can offer guidance and help us to resolve issues from our past.
“to grant to those who mourn in Zion— to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.” (Isaiah 61:3)