Strongholds

Webster defines ‘Stronghold’ as:

1: a fortified place

2a : a place of security or survival

b : a place dominated by a particular group or marked by a particular characteristic

 

The Bible mentions them once  in 2 Corinthians 10:3-6

Spiritual Strongholds are constructed one brick of apathy, of disobedience, of “I’ll obey later” at a time. The bricks are created with carelessness, but placed precisely where the enemy chooses. he is a pretty good mason when he uses people as puppets and is very good at what he does.

He’s a master at Convincing the Saved to sacrifice Holiness for mediocrity,  Power that comes with Freedom in Christ for “an appearance of godliness.” Love of God for love of self, of money, of pride. Over time they become arrogant, abusuve, disobedient, ungrateful, unholy, heartless. Their attitude makes them unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, and brutal. They trade loving good for treacherous-ness, God LIFE for recklessness, humility for lives swollen with conceit. They allow the enemy to entice them to be lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God. And over time the once Exuberant are left having the appearance of godliness, but denying HIS power.

Some stronghold dwellers are unaware of the walls around them, and they are those that feel a key in their pocket. They will reach for it and once THE DOOR is found will realize they didn’t need the key because it was never locked in the first place. He inserted His way out when their fear started making and placing bricks. The key was just the reminder that a Door still existed. They will “knock and the door will be opened,” Jesus standing there ready to show them Life.

The others though make me weep the most, I mourn their willful darkness.  They are the stronghold dwellers often content with the little castles being built up around them. Their walls are painted, their prisons decorated in

kaleidoscope colors. Illusions and holograms that are just dust and ashes.

Strongholds and prisons…Their similarities are striking, their differences astounding. Each inhabitant has a choice: stay or go? Fight or sit? See the walls for what they are or live in the lie? Ignore the walls and have parties behind them while sitting in the dark, or OPEN THE DOOR and step into LIGHT?

They is always, always, ALWAYS a choice!

 

From The Word:


For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.
2 Corinthians 10:3‭-‬6 ESV

But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.

2 Timothy 3:1‭-‬5 ESV

https://bible.com/bible/59/2ti.3.1-5.ESV

Matthew 7:7-8 New International Version (NIV)Ask, Seek, Knock

7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

 

More about Strongholds in Scripture:

https://www.gotquestions.org/spiritual-strongholds.html

 

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YOU ARE NOT A MOUSE!

This post was private for a bit, while Abba worked a few things in me, now it is time to SHARE it.   The Armor of God is essential for the Sheep, my prayer is that you see the essential need to wear it.

Be blessed, beloved!
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in which i give myself a lecture

sometimes i have this internal lecture I give myself.

today’s lecture is brought to you by Proverbs 8 and goes something like this:
not everyone will agree with everything you do. sometimes someone will say they that don’t, but most times you will assume it, true or not.

either way, YOU listen and obey Jesus!

no one else is going to obey FOR you..and your excuses don’t impress Abba. they are not “reasons” or anything else but EXCUSES.

SO, when someone says something that you Could take as negative or something that will cause you to question what God is saying to you, YOU HAVE A CHOICE.  you can:

  • Listen to that assumption and let Satan distract you from the Path, continuing to be a bound up mess.

OR

because honey, you know His voice, but you’re REALLY GOOD at getting distracted from it. You’re REALLY GOOD at fear.  so, PLEASE FOR LOVE OF PETE do us a favor and STOP IT!! Trust Abba and obey!

you’ve spent way too much of this life letting others dictate your obedience. honey, you’re more grown now. you know HIM more. you KNOW the opinions that matter and the ones that DO NOT! YOU WANT HOLY SPIRIT POWER? REACH OUT AND GRAB IT!

embrace your calling! the time is Now!  Finally… Now!


 

while this is my internal lecture maybe it’s your’s too. maybe you need to learn what i need to learn…that YOU ALWAYS HAVE CHOICES. 

  • will you listen and obey?
  • will you let God use you for that thing He has set before you?
  • will you be who you really are, or will you keep pretending that you’re someone else?
  • will you let fear dictate your path?
  • who’s voice will you listen to?
  • WILL YOU CHOOSE WISDOM OR FOLLY?

some of your Path will lead to BIG things, and other parts of your PATH will lead to seemingly small things, but it is ultimately YOUR CHOICE on whether you answer WISDOM’S call or not.

 

Wisdom’s Call

Does not wisdom call out?
    Does not understanding raise her voice?
At the highest point along the way,
    where the paths meet, she takes her stand;
 beside the gate leading into the city,
    at the entrance, she cries aloud:
“To you, O people, I call out;
    I raise my voice to all mankind.
You who are simple, gain prudence;
    you who are foolish, set your hearts on it.
Listen, for I have trustworthy things to say;
    I open my lips to speak what is right.
 My mouth speaks what is true,
    for my lips detest wickedness.
All the words of my mouth are just;
    none of them is crooked or perverse.
To the discerning all of them are right;
    they are upright to those who have found knowledge.
 Choose my instruction instead of silver,
    knowledge rather than choice gold,
for wisdom is more precious than rubies,
    and nothing you desire can compare with her.

“I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence;
    I possess knowledge and discretion.
 To fear the Lord is to hate evil;
    I hate pride and arrogance,
    evil behavior and perverse speech.
 Counsel and sound judgment are mine;
    I have insight, I have power.
 By me kings reign
    and rulers issue decrees that are just;
by me princes govern,
    and nobles—all who rule on earth.
 I love those who love me,
    and those who seek me find me.
With me are riches and honor,
    enduring wealth and prosperity.
 My fruit is better than fine gold;
    what I yield surpasses choice silver.
I walk in the way of righteousness,
    along the paths of justice,
bestowing a rich inheritance on those who love me
    and making their treasuries full.

 “The Lord brought me forth as the first of his works,
    before his deeds of old;
 I was formed long ages ago,
    at the very beginning, when the world came to be.
 When there were no watery depths, I was given birth,
    when there were no springs overflowing with water;
 before the mountains were settled in place,
    before the hills, I was given birth,
 before he made the world or its fields
    or any of the dust of the earth.
 I was there when he set the heavens in place,
    when he marked out the horizon on the face of the deep,
 when he established the clouds above
    and fixed securely the fountains of the deep,
 when he gave the sea its boundary
    so the waters would not overstep his command,
and when he marked out the foundations of the earth.
     Then I was constantly at his side.
I was filled with delight day after day,
    rejoicing always in his presence,
rejoicing in his whole world
    and delighting in mankind.

“Now then, my children, listen to me;
    blessed are those who keep my ways.
Listen to my instruction and be wise;
    do not disregard it.
 Blessed are those who listen to me,
    watching daily at my doors,
    waiting at my doorway.
 For those who find me find life
    and receive favor from the Lord.
But those who fail to find me harm themselves;
    all who hate me love death.” Proverbs 8 (NIV)

 

GRIT in 2018

as a family we do this thing.  i used to post about it, joined a tribe, but that feels like ages ago now. back when life felt simpler, not less hectic, just easier. life is now just as hectic but our girls are older, our life is more focused, my Mister works less hours, and we are pulling in. tightening the reigns on what we let consume our days, our thoughts, our lives.

this year i am rejoining the #oneword365 tribe and sharing our one word for 2018 with you, my readers who’ve held on throughout my silence of late.

grit.2018

background image courtesy of Bart Lumber https://www.flickr.com/photos/bartoszjanusz/6344730740/

i like that…FIRMNESS OF CHARACTER, INDOMITABLE SPIRIT, PLUCK.

especially the INDOMITABLE SPIRIT part. it gives me the sense of a person who isn’t easily swayed, firm. it reminds me of the ARMOR I wear (Ephesians 6:10-17) specifically this part:

Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. ” Eph. 6:14-15

…with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.

you see, i want to be a woman who sows in peace, reaps in peace, dwells in peace! a woman who has an INDOMITABLE SPIRIT! i’m praying that over my 4 this year. that we would dwell, walk, sow, live, BE IN PEACE…WITH  GRIT!

 

Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth.  This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.  For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. 17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.  And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.” James 3:13-18

 

 

if you would like to join this tribe go to http://oneword365.com/find-your-tribe/ and sign up.

 

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To be fully known 

we use too many words, don’t you think? 

Sometimes not even the ones we wanted to use when we started a conversation.

We use the ‘correct” ones. the meaningful. the kind. the gentle. and sometimes when we aren’t in the mood to edit them, we use the ugly. 

We use words we can think of on the spot. We use words that we have to meditate on for a bit.

We even use different ones depending on the audience or situation.

words chosen that will not offend. words they want to hear, instead of what they need to. words thought of and not. words that flow easily and ones that stick to the tongue. And if you’re like me, you even have ones that forget to show up when you need them. 

I’m thankful for God-given loved ones that I can just be with and not need THE RIGHT words. People that I dont have to think so hard in order to talk to. 

That’s one of the many things I love about THE FATHER, He never uses the wrong ones. 

 He doesn’t even needs our words to know our heart, we can just sit with Him because we don’t need to speak!

we can be quiet. Still. WORDLESS.

Abba never uses to many or to few.

He never fumbles over His tongue or gets flustered when the ones that escape are misunderstood. He says what He means to say the first time. AnD He never gets it wrong nor does He concern himself with our reaction. 

He never even gets tongue-tied! (I wonder what that’s like.)

Maybe the more I know Him, the more I love Him, the more I strive to emulate Him, these words that I stumble over will come easier?

Maybe I’ll know when to speak and when to listen.

Maybe I’ll have more of His words and less of mine. 

Maybe then when words don’t come i’ll be content in the quiet.

 i think there’s a bit of growth in a wordless quiet. a bit of time to heal without thought. a bit of rest.
maybe it’s a spacious place. maybe it’s a small cozy nook of happy.

i don’t know…but i think i’d like to visit and stay a while.
When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” 1 Corinthians 13:11-12



 I long for the day when “I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”  

‘Choikos’: made of dust

Strongs Greek number: 5517
‘choikos’: earthy, made of dust
Original Word: χοϊκός, ή, όν
Part of Speech: Adjective
Transliteration: choikos
Phonetic Spelling: (kho-ik-os’)
Short Definition: earthy, made of earth
Definition: earthy, made of earth.
HELPS Word-studies
5517 xoikós (an adjective, derived from xoos, “made of earth, dust”) – properly, earthy, dusty (made of dust); (figuratively) temporal, passing away; transient, “earthly.” All four occasions of 5517 /xoikós (“of dust, earthly”) occur in 1 Cor 15:47-49.

This is TRUTH:
1 Corinthians 15:47-58
New International Version (NIV)
The first man was of the dust of the earth; the second man is of heaven. As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the heavenly man, so also are those who are of heaven. And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we bear the image of the heavenly man. Continue reading