Are you in the enemies "Strong-hold?"
It would be nice if God had a magic wand. But He doesnt. From the day of our birth, until the day we die we will have to deal with reality that sinfulness is all around us. This world is full of temptations and trials. I was thinking this morning about strongholds in our life. I am here to tell you there is no such thing as a innocent sin. That is a lie of the devil....SIN is SIN in the eyes of God. A shop lifter started out stealing one item and got away with it. It could have started with a alluring ink pen that somone else owned. Stealing is not only a sin but it is against the law. If you are caught on many occasions i would venture to say you would go to jail.
All these so called innocent sins can lead us into a vicious cycle if we dont catch it before it gets worse. If we dont watch it, that sin will lead us into a stronghold of the devil. You might say a Stronghold is just what it says, "the devil has us in a strong- hold and is not letting go! He has wrestled you down and has you his grip, and he has every right not to let go. You cant just dabble with any sin and get away with it.
I believe to stay in contact with God is a start. Praying, singing, listening to worship, reading and studying the Word are all great things to do to get in to the very Presence of God. I believe then, we must do a thing that will be most difficult, and that is to allow God to release you by the Spirit of His son, Jesus Christ. The Spirit is willing but the flesh is weak; we cant put our trust in our rotton flesh! I truly believe God will give us boundaries when he has delivered you from that stronghold. I know that as long as I stay within my boundaries and be sensitive to His Spirit, that I will not be as tempted to give into sin. It doesnt mean you will not stumble at times. Let's be honest the Word of God says that all have sinned. We have to stay before God to be clean and whole before Him.
Father I pray for those right now who is caught in a strong hold of the devil, He has pinned them down, and trying to crush them. Help each person reading this to take captive every thought into the obedience of Jesus Christ. By the Spirit of God, I PROCLAIM liberty to the captives!!! He has freed me, and I sense that He is bringing deliverance to many others as they read this. Hallelujah! IN JESUS' MIGHTY NAME, AMEN!!!
About: I am a 50 year old male that is happily married. My relationship with God is very important. Its not based on church attendance but on the grace of God. I know that God reached out his hand for me at the age of 18. In 2002 I was diagnosed schizophrenia. (schizoaffective) after 2 breakdowns. Then I relapsed in 2005 when I felt as If I could handle being off meds. Obviously I was not strong enough without them at that point in my life. In 2012 I started writing in my blog and I have kept pretty consistent doing that. I have a big heart for encouraging and helping others through my writing. If you are blessed and encouraged please let me know....may God's blessed grace give you hope and peace...-richBack to Blog | Add to Buddy List