DEMOLISH STRONGHOLDS

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“For although we live in the flesh, we do not wage war according to the flesh, since the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but are powerful through God for the demolition of strongholds.”  2 Corinthians 10: 3-4 CSB

Now we’re switching from praying Scripture about UNBELIEF to praying Scripture about STRONGHOLDS in our lives..  We all have strongholds. I truly wish that wasn’t a true statement, but it is. It’s whether or not we know it. Strongholds are deceptive. I was surprised when I looked up its definition in Webster’s Dictionary of 1828: a fastness; a fort; a fortified place; a place of security. A Stronghold is a place of security, that is why it’s deceptive, we’re secure in it.

Marriage has helped me identify strongholds in my life.  I have an entitlement issue. I was born and raised in America.  I was the only daughter of my parents, with two brothers. I was the princess of our family.  I had entitlement issues, for sure. Then I got married. I learned quickly my husband did not get the memo about how this was going to go.  Gratefully, neither had I. It happened one night when we were crawling into bed. I was in bed first, journaling. Ron crawls into bed and he “jostles” me.  Yes, the princess that I am, I actually said jostled to him. I mean, after all, couldn’t he see I was writing? He needed to be more considerate. That was my opinion.  You know what his was? He promptly informed me that this was not the Beth show. This is the Ron and Beth show. We’re doing it together. If he did everything I wanted it was the Beth show, and that show had ended.  Now, it’s the Ron and Beth show.

That folks, is how my husband informed me of my stronghold of entitlement.  I still struggle with it, I probably always will. But I am so thankful he said those words that night.  They changed my life. They helped me see things from his perspective. He helped me realize just how selfish I was being. And he did it all with such tender love, I’m grateful.  That’s what God does for us. He helps us see our blind spots. He helps us identify our strongholds. He does it all with such tender love, all you can do is thank Him.

Let’s start there today. Let’s trust Him, that whatever strongholds He reveals to you, He’ll do it with such tender love, you’ll be thankful.  Let’s pray:

Lord, we do live in the flesh, and the flesh is a tough battle.  It’s hard not to wage war in the flesh, it’s hard when loved ones say things to us we don’t want to hear and not react.  It’s hard Lord. Helps us not battle in the flesh, but in the Spirit. Help us use our prayers to break down strongholds in our lives.  Help us use our prayers to fight our battles Lord. Lord demolish our strongholds (2 Corinthians 10:3-4). In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

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