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Thursday, September 5, 2019

Wisdom Conquers

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 only reinforces itself. No matter what you try, you fail. You are about to give up, but then you admit that you haven't asked God for His help. You have stubbornly tried to bring that wall down by yourself. Without His wisdom to reveal the weakness in that wall, you can't discover what will bring it down. With God's wisdom and His power, you can leave that whole wall in ruins.

Do you have a stronghold that holds you fast? Perhaps, there is something where you have unwisely and maybe even unwittingly, placed your trust. It is even possible that you can't quite put it in words. 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 His understanding, you can identify and conquer that very thing where you have placed your trust—the very thing that has held you in bondage. With His power, you can pull down any stronghold which has claimed your confidence more than God has claimed your trust. 

What you believe determines your outcome! Don’t believe in your stronghold more than you believe in your God! Admit you have a stronghold. Seek God's wisdom. When you have studied that wall with His spiritual understanding, you will find the weakness in its structure. When addressed in His power, He shall pull down the whole wall. Let the Holy Spirit have control and guide you, and your wall no longer is impenetrable. That stronghold no longer has greater strength than your God who strengthens you. His wisdom has found the weakness in its structure, and it will fall. 

When your wall comes down, you understand His freedom in a way you never thought possible! You can breathe His Spirit! There is nothing between you and God! You know nothing separates you from His love. You have a peace that nothing else can give you. You have a joy that makes you even stronger. You have experienced the power of His grace and stand without shame unveiled in His presence. When you abide in Jesus, no power on earth or in hell can rebuild that wall. 

© 2019 Lynn Lacher

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