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Friday, April 5, 2019

Strongholds Fall

One who is wise can go up against the city of the mighty, and pull down the stronghold in which they trust.
 —Proverbs 21:22 (NIV).

Have you ever faced a wall in your life that seems impenetrable? You can't find a weakness in its structure. Each time you think you have found a way to break through, the wall just reinforces itself. No matter what you try, you fail. You finally admit that you haven't leaned on God for His help and guidance—that you have stubbornly decided to bring down that wall by yourself. Without His wisdom to reveal the weakness of that wall, you can't discover the one thing that will bring it down. With God's understanding and His strength, you can leave that whole wall in ruins. 

Do you have a stronghold in your life that keeps you in bondage and from freedom in Jesus Christ? Perhaps there is something where you have unwisely and maybe even unwittingly placed your trust. Maybe you can't quite identify what causes your feelings of bondage. You need God's wisdom to identify and conquer what you alone have no power to address. "If any of you lacks wisdom," James writes, "you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you" (James 1:5, NIV). If you ask God for His wisdom, He bestows it abundantly without restraint. With it, you can identify, address, and conquer that very thing where you have placed your trust—the thing that has held you in bondage. With His wisdom and power, you can pull down any stronghold which has claimed your trust.

With God's wisdom and power, you can also discern what is needed to bring down strongholds that have claimed the trust of others. With His understanding, you can have the strength and Spirit-led forbearance to go against deception the enemy has fostered. BUT how can you powerfully address another person's stronghold until you have resolved your own? Before you find what needs to be addressed in someone else's life, first cast out what is in your own. Seek God's wisdom and admit your stronghold—that wall which keeps you from His fullness. When you have wisely studied that wall's strength and deception, you will find the weakness in its structure which, when addressed, will pull down the whole wall.

Allow the Holy Spirit to control you, and the wall no longer is impenetrable. That stronghold is no longer stronger than Jesus who strengthens you. His wisdom has found the crack in its structure, and it will fall. When your wall comes crashing down you experience His power. You understand freedom in a way you never thought possible. You walk in His authority and His wisdom. Then you have the insight to help others address their walls and discover freedom.

© 2019 Lynn Lacher

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