A spirit of tyranny is raging in the nations. Only prayer can shut down the principalities that are determined to steal, kill and destroy the freedoms many enjoy in nations large and small throughout the earth.
Tyranny is oppressive power, especially oppressive power exerted by government, according to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary.
Other definitions shed light on the agenda of tyranny in the nations in this season: a government in which absolute power is vested in a single ruler; the office authority and administration of a tyrant; a rigorous condition imposed by some kind of outside agency or force; an oppressive, harsh or unjust act.
In truth, the spirit of tyranny is nothing new but this oppressive is working with principalities like Behemoth and Leviathan to displace liberties even in nations where citizens have historically enjoyed vast freedom of expression and choice. (See my book, The Spiritual Warrior’s Guide to Defeating Water Spirits for more info.)
Manifestations of Tyranny
The Taliban’s moves in recent weeks are perhaps the starkest example of the spirit of tyranny rapidly advancing in the nations. Concerns are mounting over a tyrannical government, especially in the wake of Sept. 8 news headlines.
CNN reports, “Taliban fighters used whips and sticks against a group of women protesting in Kabul on Wednesday following the announcement of a hardline, male-only interim government, in the group's latest crackdown on dissent in Afghanistan.”
Hand-in-hand with the spirit of tyranny is the rise of narcissistic autocratic dictators. Look no further than Brazil, where on September 7, Brazil’s Independence Day, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro used the occasion to continue his assault on the country’s democratic institutions, according to Vox.com.
“Bolsonaro had called on his hardcore supporters to rally, as he battles Congress and the judiciary over their refusal to go along with his attempts to rewrite electoral rules ahead of the 2022 election and over probes into him and his allies that could imperil them criminally,” Vox.com reports.
Beyond Brazil, we see Hungary, Poland, Turkey, Cuba and Venezuela ruled by dictatorial leaders. Tyrants from the annals of history include, Castro, Mussolini, Stalin and Hitler. The enemy has determined now is the opportune time to attack nations with tyranny.
The War Against Tyranny
God hates tyranny. Our Savior is not a narcissistic autocratic dictator with a tyrannical Kingdom. And He is against such operations. It is for freedom’s sake that Christ set us free (see Galatians 5:1). Indeed, God takes tyranny seriously.
“Woe to those who decree unrighteous decrees, who write misfortune, which they have prescribed to rob the needy of justice, and to take what is right from the poor of My people, that widows may be their prey, and that they may rob the fatherless” (Isaiah 10:102).
Pray for deliverance of those who under the oppressive hand of tyrants (see Job 6:23)
Pray God will carry off the tyrants by His strength (see Job 24:22)
Pray God will put an end to the pride of the arrogant and humiliate the insolence of tyrants (see Isaiah 13:11).
Pray God call cause the song of the tyrants to cease (see Isaiah 25:5).
Pray God will push back the hordes of tyrants (see Isaiah 29:5).
Pray God will rescue the tyrant’s captives (see Isaiah 49:24).
Pray God will redeem the oppressed from the grasping palm of the terrible and ruthless tyrant (see Jeremiah 15:21).
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