We all have them.
We all have weak areas where we are easily tempted to go astray. If we are not careful and we give into temptation on a habitual basis – a stronghold can form in our hearts and our minds.
2 Corinthians 10:3 & 4 says:
“3 For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.“
Everyday we wake to a spiritual battle.
If we are unaware of the tactics of our enemy and we let our guard down – we will soon find that there are fortresses and obstacles ahead in our lives. These are areas that in our own flesh – we do not have the power to overcome the enemy.
If we try to go up against the enemy in our own strength – it’s only a matter of time until we lose.
But if we go against the enemy with God’s divine power – we CAN destroy strongholds.
Where do these strongholds come from?
The next verse in 2 Corinthians 10 tells us:
5 We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, 6 being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.
Strongholds come from arguments and opinions that are raised in our thoughts against God and his ways.
Like the snake in the garden – when he questioned Adam and Eve, we ask the same question, “Did God really say that?” (Genesis 3:1)
The battlefield is in our minds!
Do we get that? That the battle is not always – the world or “Satan made me do it” or our peers who are pressuring us or the internet, movies or the television’s fault.
It’s false arguments and wayward opinions that we allow to bounce around in our thoughts. We fail to take them captive and destroy them. We let them exist and do not deal with them.
We are sleeping with the enemy.
This brings us to our reading in the book of Deuteronomy this week.
Look closely at chapters 12 and 13 and see how God tells Israel to deal with anything that would lead his people astray. The words are strong and clear.
2 You shall surely destroy all the places where the nations whom you shall dispossess served their gods, on the high mountains and on the hills and under every green tree. 3 You shall tear down their altars and dash in pieces their pillars and burn their Asherim with fire. You shall chop down the carved images of their gods and destroy their name out of that place.
6 “If your brother, the son of your mother, or your son or your daughter or the wife you embrace or your friend who is as your own soul entices you secretly, saying, ‘Let us go and serve other gods,’ which neither you nor your fathers have known,7 some of the gods of the peoples who are around you, whether near you or far off from you, from the one end of the earth to the other, 8 you shall not yield to him or listen to him, nor shall your eye pity him, nor shall you spare him, nor shall you conceal him. 9 But you shall kill him. Your hand shall be first against him to put him to death, and afterward the hand of all the people. 10 You shall stone him to death with stones, because he sought to draw you away from the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
11 And all Israel shall hear and fear and never again do any such wickedness as this among you.
12 “If you hear in one of your cities, which the Lord your God is giving you to dwell there, 13 that certain worthless fellows have gone out among you and have drawn away the inhabitants of their city, saying, ‘Let us go and serve other gods,’ which you have not known, 14 then you shall inquire and make search and ask diligently. And behold, if it be true and certain that such an abomination has been done among you, 15 you shall surely put the inhabitants of that city to the sword, devoting it to destruction, all who are in it and its cattle, with the edge of the sword. 16 You shall gather all its spoil into the midst of its open square and burn the city and all its spoil with fire, as a whole burnt offering to the Lord your God.
It shall be a heap forever. It shall not be built again.
Friends, these are such strong commands and verses that I hesitated to post them here. I know that many would read these and see them as incredibly harsh – where’s the grace right?
But what we do not understand, is this is God’s great love and care of His people.
God KNOWS that sin destroys us. It is fun for a season but in the end it leads to death.
God is our protector.
God loves you.
He is the Lion of Judah, the Great I Am, the Creator of the universe and He does not want you entangled and enslaved by the strongholds of the enemy.
That is why he has equipped us for battle with his truth. We must know truth, wear our spiritual armor daily and be in God’s Word so we are equipped to fight the enemy. We can not coast aimlessly through life assuming we got this in our own strength.
Darkness is not stagnate.
It moves in anywhere it can.
The light MUST push out the darkness.
We must participate in pushing out the darkness.
In Deuteronomy 12:7 – after the the destruction takes place, Israel is told:
And there you shall eat before the Lord your God, and you shall rejoice, you and your households, in all that you undertake, in which the Lord your God has blessed you.
After – and only after – we take these steps of obedience and push out the darkness – will we find all that our soul truly desires:
Eating in peace.
Rejoicing in our households.
Blessings in all that we undertake.
The peace and happiness we so long for in our souls, comes after we have obeyed the Lord and fought the enemies arguments and opinions.
Is there a stronghold in your life that you need to destroy?
As we see in our reading in Deuteronomy – God told his people to take drastic measures to burn down, tear up, kill by the sword and destroy the enemy.
Where has the enemy taken ground in your life and created a stronghold?
Destroy it today.
Do it now.
Walk with the King,
Is there something in your life you need to take drastic measures to destroy so you can be free and live in peace, joy and blessings? Share it with us in the comment section. You are not alone.
Have you studied the book of Ecclesiastes yet?
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