I saw a manor house being restored in England, it dated back to medieval times. While exploring theories about the Knights Templar, they excavated what was thought to a tunnel, it encircled the house, it was originally the moat.
You see what a mighty God we serve, He is our rock and fortress alright, we can live in safety in the secret place of the Most High. Though we may not own a manor house or mansion, we are His temple if His Spirit abides in us as believers. We are fortified by walls of protective angels, yet, free to come and go as we please. But not everything is wisdom is it?
You cannot drink from the cup of the Lord and from the cup of demons, too. You cannot eat at the Lord’s Table and at the table of demons, too. What? Do we dare to rouse the Lord’s jealousy? Do you think we are stronger than He is?
You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is good for you. You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is beneficial. Don’t be concerned for your own good but for the good of others. 2 Corinthians 10:21-24 New Living
Paul was warning the Jews about receiving Christ and taking Communion, then turning back into old ways. History, Jewish and otherwise is full of examples. While we are free in Him, not everything is expedient, beneficial or wise. We can give the devil a place, even a toe hold, then foot hold or even stronghold. But we can give them to God to destroy if need be, but it is better to avoid them.
The moat could represent the water of the Spirit, both cleansing and pure. He encircles the home of our heart with love, joy and peace. Our rest is in Him. He guards like and every present century, the watchman of our wall. He should be our stronghold, so enemies cannot plunder our hearts and souls.
They band together against the righteous and condemn the innocent to death. But the LORD has been my stronghold, and my God is my rock of refuge. He will bring upon them their own iniquity and destroy them for their wickedness. The LORD our God will destroy them Psalm 94:21-24
Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope; today I declare that I will restore to you double. Zechariah 9:12
The LORD is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble; And He knows those who trust in Him. Nahum 1:7
What exactly is a stronghold? It can be anything that separates us from His will. But the walls are still in ruins aren’t they? Did you know there is nothing remaining of Nineveh, many an empire has crumbled beneath the ignorance worshiping false gods. the disobedience of rulers who opposed God, just like those, He can tear down those walls as President Reagan said to Mikhail Gorbachev about the Berlin Wall.
We all have those imaginations to cast down, down we? The doubts, sometimes, outrageous fears and phobias. But Jesus is our rock, He is our stronghold and even if we are barely hanging on, He is holding us in the palm of His hand.
For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete. 2 Corinthians 10:4-6
We truly have to watch what we think about and say, so we do not get into the imaginings of the flesh. Like sickness for instance, do you start thinking death? Even when I was close in the hospital, I was thinking, ” You’re going home! ” I just had too. It can be easy to take the thoughts the enemy would destroy us with, if not instantly, over time.
How do you take thoughts? By thinking them continuously, by not replacing them with the renewed mind of Christ, and by saying them. What is going to be your profession of confession, faith or fear, which is not the opposite of courage but of His love. I am not petty or picayune, I don’t like lot of teaching that didn’t work for me, but it is important to be rooted and grounded in His love.
For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a Spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. 2 Timothy 1:6,7
I capitalized that S in Spirit, because our spirit will tend to fear, though He gives our spirit the ability not to fear, it is because of, and only because of the Holy Spirit. He is the Spirit that is our teacher and gives us the power no to fear but to have a sound mind. He will recall the Word to us and for us, and He will break through walls of stone for us, breaking strongholds forever.
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