Monday Devo: Strongholds

Monday, May 11, 2015

 (Forgot to post this last week, so here it is!)

Once again, I chose to read into the book Facing Your Giants for one of my quiet times. That day, the chapter was called Strongholds. Originally, I hadn't really known what "stronghold" meant, and had considered it something good. That's not the case. While strongholds can be good, they can also be VERY dangerous.

STRONGHOLD: A fortified place of fortress.

Right away, the chapter talks about strongholds being dangerous and how it's something that Satan uses against us. Satan uses a stronghold on our sin. You know what I'm talking about. That sin that just WON'T go away. The one that you constantly struggle with and are so tired of! It's as if Satan built a fifty foot wall around our sin, claiming it as his own and telling Heaven that it can't be touched.

What we see with David is that he has just been crowned king of Israel, and he looks onward to Jerusalem. When we think of Jerusalem, we think of a church growing, Jesus preaching and healing , basically a capital that is thriving! However, during this time in the Old Testaments, Jerusalem is an old rugged city, of which David wants to change.

However, Jebusites dwelled within the Jerusalem walls, and when they saw that David wanted Jerusalem, the continually discouraged him, telling him:
"You''ll never get in here ... even the blind and lame could keep you out!" 2 Samuel 5:6-9

Sounds familiar doesn't it? You'll never overcome your bad habit. Think you can overcome your addiction ... think again. 

The amazing thing about David's story is that although the Jebusites are mocking the new king, this 12 letter word is the plot twister: Nevertheless
"Nevertheless, David took the stronghold"

"Wouldn't you love God to write a nevertheless in your biography? Born to alcoholics, nevertheless she lived a sober life. Never went to college, nevertheless mastered a trade.."

"We use God's mighty weapons, not mere worldly weapons, to knock down the Devil's strongholds" 2 Cor 10:4

Can you think of anyone else in the bible who had to endure mocking? If you guessed Jesus, then your right. This guy was mocked and discouraged left and right, but Jesus practiced "selective-hearing". Not a bad idea when Satan is rushing at us with doubt and regret. 

If you have that annoying sin that you're trying to get through, listen to the encouragement from God, shut out Satan's discouragement at all costs!

If the walls are too tall, try a tunnel.

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