My best friend Holly and I recently started the Bible study by Beth Moore entitled, "Living Free: Learning to Pray God's Word". The other day we talked about strongholds and how they can put us in bondage--they can be so hard to break free from!
Instead of only focusing on the negative aspect of a stronghold though, Beth Moore also shared the often-overlooked positive aspect of what (or better yet, Who) a stronghold can be.
I grew up playing basketball, so how she explained Christ's stronghold over our lives was pretty neat to me. She related it to a basketball player holding the ball up high so that his opponent(s) could not reach it. I've seen that over and over in basketball and know first hand just how frustrating it can be when you can't steal the ball from the opponent's strong hold!
I really enjoyed the study we had and every day since, I often picture a tall basketball player holding the ball out of the defense's reach. It makes me smile. =)
...Because this is sometimes how I feel in life....
That ball is me and I'm open game for all my enemies to attack.
But according to scripture, I shouldn't be afraid of anyone!
The LORD is my light and my salvation—whom should I fear?
The LORD is the stronghold of my life—of whom should I be afraid?
Psalm 27:1 (HCSB)
The way of the LORD is a stronghold for the honorable,
but destruction awaits the malicious.
Proverbs 10:29 (HCSB)
And be not grieved and depressed, for the joy of the Lord is your strength and stronghold.
Nehemiah 8:10b (Amplified Bible)
No one can pluck us out of the Father's hands! (John 10:29)
Jesus is our Stronghold!
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