Victory Over Strongholds
What Is a Stronghold – Part IV
Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 10:1-5
Key Verse: 2 Corinthians 10:4
The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.
Let’s continue from yesterday’s devotional with the second principle that is critical for us to understand when dealing with strongholds.
The second principle is about failure after we have gained victory over a stronghold by working in cooperation with God’s divine power. Once we have gained victory, we have reduced our stronghold to the level of other temptations common to mankind, but we have not annihilated our stronghold from existence.
For example, let’s say that you, working with God, broke the stronghold of fear. That does not mean you will no longer experience the temptation to fear. It means that fear no longer has the overwhelming power that it once had over you. The devil may still tempt you to be fearful, but fear is now the temptation common to mankind that you can overcome. Fear, just like any other temptation, is also one to which you can succumb.
If you give in to a temptation that once was a stronghold for you, it does not mean that the stronghold is back. When God does His work, it is always a complete work… He has helped you to break the stronghold.
But the devil never gives up on temptation. We always need to fight to resist the devil’s lies and tricks. This is a daily practice to perfect our godliness.
If you have ever been on a sports team or took lessons to play an instrument, you know you had to practice, practice, practice. What is the common denominator of all practice, no matter what it is for? It is living with times of failure… if there was never a time of failure, you would be perfect and no longer need to practice.
So, it is the same with your practice of godliness. There are going to be times when you simply blow it and cave into temptation. The devil wants you to believe that you might as well give up because you can never get it right.
But would we ever have superstars in the sports world if they believed that lie?
The bottom line for every believer is that we must learn to not allow failure to be a devastating event that causes us to stop trying. The fine line that we walk is to accept failures without making them acceptable.
Like all good athletes, they must accept some failures as they practice their sport, but that does not mean they think these failures are acceptable. Their failures drive them to practice more with a determination to be as perfect as they can be.
But as we know, no one is ever perfect at anything.
As believers, when we fall back into some sin, we must admit it, ask for forgiveness, and then be determined to keep practicing so we get better in our godliness!
Father, help me recognize the devil’s lies and reject them. Help me to always keep trying to be holy as You are holy. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.