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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Praying Down Your Stronghold

God desires your heart and mind to understand that Biblical truth can change your life. He yearns for you to seek His indwelling presence and the spiritual fruit which empower personal growth. The Word flows from the life-giving heart of God, and accomplishes the very purpose for which He sent it (Isaiah 55:11). Paul writes, “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds” (II Corinthians 10:4, NIV). If you have ever suffered from fear, you know that it binds your mind in an ironclad grip. The spiritual weapons God provides for its destruction are found in the Bible. “God means what he says. What he says goes. His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey” (Hebrews 4:12, The Message).

God means what He says in His Word. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7, NIV). The power to demolish the stronghold of fear in your mind can be discovered in these verses. Pray this Scripture each time fear comes against you, and realize that there is an ultimate promise in verse 7. It is the peace of God, and it is real.

Lord Jesus, today I give you my fear again. I can't handle it. It tears me into pieces. It is real in my mind and heart. But you tell me that if I give this fear to you I will know your peace in my heart. That peace is your promise, but I just can't seem to get there. I have given this to you over and over again, and still I'm terrorized with worry and doubt. Lord, my fear has become my conviction and it is my stronghold. I want it destroyed, and I need you to help me destroy it. I believe your Word and I want to experience this promise of peace, so I will not give up. You tell me to give you my fear with thanksgiving. If I give it to you with praise then it tells you that I have faith in you. I give you my fear with my mustard seed of faith, Lord God. When the fear hits, I will praise you for taking care of my it. I will praise you for handling what I can't handle. I will give you a sacrifice of praise again and again until one day I will know that my praise is real, and your joy becomes my strength. I shall discover greater faith to trust your faithfulness no matter what I face. I can and will have your supernatural peace, and I will persevere against the enemy until my fear is defeated, and your peace is secured. In Jesus' name.

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