Second Mile Week 6 Part II: A Mighty Fortress Replaces The Stronghold
For you have been my refuge,
a strong tower against the foe. Psalm 61:3
I don’t usually write a follow up blog, but I felt I needed to add more to the strongholds blog I did last week. As a review, strongholds are weaknesses in our lives we allow the enemy to set up camp in our backyard. These are to be taken care of with other believers in your life that can support and encourage you through love, and not judge you. We all have to remember we are works in progress, we should have an under construction sign on us. It’s so easy to allow pride to come in when God blesses us with some major growth. We have to remember it’s Him and not us. Sure we made the correct choices, but ultimately the good that is in you is the Holy Spirit.
So, the stronghold has been taken and now there is a big wide gap in your life that remains to be filled. It’s the part of your life that you left weak, for whatever reason. Now it has to be strengthened. The gap cannot remain, if it does you will end up with another stronghold built up once again. By the way, if you are continuing to have to work against a stronghold it will cloud your vision of God and stop you cold to the purpose He has for your life. If you have a heart felt prayer of, “God, please remove this from me”, He will answer that prayer; and He will use people to help you beat the stronghold. How do we fill the gap? We start by continuing to be accountable to the people that helped us with the stronghold to begin with. For example Jesus had Peter, James and John as his BFF’s. He really did not need them to be accountable, but He knew He could share certain things with them that He couldn’t share with the other apostles. He is our model for how we need to live our lives. BFF’s do that for us. They stand in the gap for us and pray for us as we are dealing with this stronghold. Jesus knew we would have to deal with them, so He modeled for us a great example.
“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Matthew 18:19-20
Words being in red Jesus said this not just for corporate worship, but for our strongholds. If you want the power of the Holy Spirit over your life then gather two or more people to help you defeat this thing, and keep it defeated.
The next thing to do is to make it your ministry. God does not want us to shrink back after we overcome something in our lives. He doesn’t want us hiding the light that has changed us somehow. There are other people out there with the same weakness that we have that may need to overcome their stronghold. What a better way to build on the Mighty Fortress than to make it our ministry and continue to glorify God in how we overcame it.
Finally just the basics of building our faith, reading the bible and praying. The first two things are faith put into action. These last two things are the foundation for building the Mighty Fortress. If we don’t communicate with God how can we deal with anything in our lives? How can we get good instruction from the Holy Spirit? As I have said in prior blogs, you cannot have one without the other. If you just pray you can’t tell what God wants you to do without the Word. If you just read the Word how can you get direction without a prayer life? As the above verse says God is a strong tower a refuge. David when he wrote this Psalm had his mighty men to back him up. He knew God was a strong tower and a refuge and that God used people to build a Mighty Fortress in the weaknesses of his life. Enjoy this worship song that is so appropriate for the end of this blog. Christy Nockels wrote and performs this awesome worship song. God is a Mighty Fortress and nothing can overcome it. So, replace that big gap in your life with a Mighty Fortress, build on your faith, exercise it and use it for His glory.