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Enemies in the Promised Land

When the Israelites entered Canaan (the Promised Land), God told them they could make treaties with the “far off” nations.  People of these nations could be forced to pay tribute or serve Israel. Likewise, there are aspects of my life that I can use to honor God that don’t become distractions. These might compare to the distant nations for Israel.

However, the Israelites were to totally destroy the “nearby” inhabitants of the Promised Land, partly because their worship of false gods would draw God’s people away from Him. I’m easily tempted in areas such as pride, greed, and envy. So these are “close” enemies of the abundant life God promised me, and they must be eradicated. As I “take more of the land” I’ll experience more of Christ’s promised joy and peace.

I discovered one of those “close nations” the other day. Self-pity giants live there. They’ve built a walled fortress and have been shooting out whining, complaining, and blaming for most of my sojourn on this earth. Now that they’ve been found out, they can be overcome.

In these moments of prayer I’m transported and drawn nearer to You, O Lord.

I’m refreshed in Your Spirit and heartened and renewed in the light of Your Word.

Open my ears so I’ll listen. Open my eyes. Let me see.

Lead me in bringing down strongholds so I can live fully for Thee.

Psalm 73:28 New Living Translation “But as for me, how good it is for me to be near God! I have made the Sovereign Lord my shelter, and I will tell everyone about the wonderful things you do.”

Copyright Tricia Opitz 7/31/10

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Walls Around the Soul

One woman I know has been hurt so much that she’s built walls around her soul for protection. They remind me of barriers I’ve set up in my own life because of  fear or pride.  But those same walls set up to protect us keep out what God wants to do in our lives and the comfort He wants to give us. They also keep in the bitterness and pain so the unhealed wounds continue to torment us.
Dear Father, please break down these strongholds that keep me away from You. Teach me to run into the high tower of Your love and mercy so I won’t need these God-resistant walls any more. Thank You. Amen.
“But I will sing of Your power; yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning; for You have been my defense and refuge in the day of my trouble.”
–Psalm 59:16 New King James Version

Copyright Tricia Opitz 4/10/10

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