Last night we had our first Small group meeting for our new church. Our pastor started by asking us about what we considered a “stronghold”? Many had answers such as, “greed, lust, bitterness, self,” and so on. A friend of mine spoke up and said something I have often thought of and even shared with a few people. “A stronghold used to be looked at in a good light, a place of refuge.”
Of course many of us who have been taught spiritual warfare, know the term in it’s new testament form, meaning a mindset against the will and ways of God. To simplify this even more, I see it as anything that we find rest, or security in other than God.
This morning I read Psalm 62… such a powerful chapter… Read it here.
The very first verse…
“Only in God do I find rest; my salvation comes from him.”
Verse 2. “Only God is my rock and my salvation- my stronghold!- I won’t be shaken anymore.”
This morning when I read this, I heard clearly in my spirit the voice of God. “When your stronghold is a ‘what’ you are on shaky ground. When your Stronghold is a ‘Who’, you will not be shaken any longer.”
The very next verse talks about the stronghold of gossip, tearing down others… how often we use this as our “refuge”, our way of making ourselves feel better.
Verse 9 talks about us putting our hope in mankind…
Verse 10 talks about the stongholds of anger and greed…
There are many, many strongholds that we run to instead of God. But none of them are “Unshakeable” ground. They will shake, they will crumble, and they will cause us to shake and crumble in not only our walk with God, but our walk with other believers.
Ask God to reveal any area that you keep running to. Confess it, and turn it over to Him, memorize and SPEAK verses that combat whatever it is… such as if your stronghold is greed, you need to focus on contentment. Lust… you need to focus on purity. Bitterness… you need to focus on forgiveness and love.
God is so good! I choose to make Him my Stronghold today. Running to His arms! I have been reminded of a song I wrote a couple of years ago based on Psalm 61 and 62. If you have time check out the words.
Have a blessed, victorious day!