Monday, July 12, 2021

Meandering Monday - Tearing Down the Strongholds - Martin Wiles

Welcome to Meandering Monday, where we take a trip back to an earlier post and enjoy it again.

We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. 2 Corinthians 10:4 NLT

Following General Robert E. Lee, General Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson was the best-known Confederate general of the American Civil War.

Military historians consider Stonewall one of the most gifted tactical commanders in United States history. According to those present, he stood like a stone wall at the First Battle of Bull Run and thereby received his nickname. Unfortunately, Confederate pickets accidentally shot him at the Battle of Chancellorsville. Although he survived the amputation of his arm, the stone wall died shortly thereafter from complications of pneumonia.

Like a vice grip, strongholds grip and won’t release. Strongholds include quick tempers, chemical addictions, doubt, anger, negativism, gossiping, fear, and any number of other negative emotions or actions. Initially, the issue may not be sinful, but Satan slips in, tweaks it a bit, and before long turns it into what the word says: a strong hold.

By neglect, unbelief, or sinful adventures, we let Satan ensnare us. Like a vice grip, he clamps down on some area of our lives and erects a wall that appears insurmountable. Though he isn’t omniscient, he learns our weaknesses through temptations and simply watching our lifestyles. In time, he knows exactly what stronghold to erect.

Fortunately, we’re not left helpless. God gives us mighty weapons to break down these strongholds. In prayer, we’re assured of God’s presence and power. As we delve into his Word, we see promises that he can and will deliver if we trust him. We also read of others for whom he’s done the same. By associating with Christian friends, we’re encouraged and held accountable. We hear their stories of similar struggles and how God has freed them. God’s indwelling Spirit gives us the peace of knowing that we’re God’s children and that he cares for us. If we listen closely, he’ll also clue us in on creative ways we can use to defeat our strongholds.

Give your strongholds to God and let him show you how to tear them down.

Prayer: God of power and grace, we claim Your promise that Your weapons are muscular enough to tear down whatever our strongholds might be.

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