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Victory Over Strongholds

When someone is caught in the stronghold of immorality, God never gives up on them and neither should you

Victory Over Strongholds
The Stronghold of Sexual Immorality

Scripture Reading: 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8

Key Verse: 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5
It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God.

Much has been written about sexual immorality in church circles, and I have written a lot about it as well. But my earlier thoughts have pointed to the normal temptations of our sexuality. Let’s close out this month’s devotional with the stronghold of sexual immorality.

The meaning of a stronghold is in the very term. It is something that has taken hold of someone, not at a moment in time, but over a long time. The person who is in the grasp of a stronghold is allowing the stronghold to control their life rather than the Lord Jesus Christ.

The adult entertainment industry generates nearly $4 billion per year and has become acceptable entertainment in mainstream America. Compulsive sexual behavior is “continued engagement in sexual activities despite the negative consequences created by these behaviors”.

For the Christian community, this behavior is becoming a major issue for the church to address.

The Bible makes it clear that when someone repents and asks Jesus into their lives, they receive the Holy Spirit:

…And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. (Romans 8:9b)

This means that when a Christ-follower engages in any kind of sexual immorality, the Spirit of God convicts them. Sin grieves the Holy Spirit and a person who has sinned feels that grief inside themselves.

This grieving process leads the believer to repent of their sin and make every effort not to repeat it. However, when a believer does not put forth that effort and continues to engage in sexual sin, they end up in the stronghold of sexual immorality.

The good news for believers is that the Holy Spirit is stronger than the evil one and does not give up on someone who is caught in the stronghold of sexual immorality.

Believers should never give up on anyone else either. Focus on the powerful love of God.

When a child of God sins, God does not turn His back on them. God stands ready to come to the rescue of all who turn to Him!

Father, help us grasp Your love, especially when we have sinned against You. Thank You for victory over all sin! In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.