Day 2 – Jan. 2, 2022
Daily Theme – Identifying Strongholds
Scripture Passage – Various
As kids, my siblings and I would look for crayfish hiding under rocks in the water. We couldn’t see them, but we knew they were there – we just had to move the rocks to uncover them. When we did expose one, it would scurry backwards to find another hiding place.
The lies of the enemy are like those crayfish. They are buried under the heaviness of a trauma or wound that can leave us with many different feelings. For example, the pain of a betrayal may lead to the “lie of rejection” being planted in our heart, resulting in feelings of worthlessness. We can expose these lies with the Truth of God’s Word. He will lift off the burden that has kept us pressed down for so many years.
Our first instinct is to take shelter somewhere else so we don’t feel so vulnerable and exposed. Don’t be afraid! Invite the Lord to shine His light in the darkness until it ultimately brings healing and freedom into your life.
The strongholds of fear and rejection have plagued me for a very long time. As I speak God’s truth that I am accepted and that He has not given me a spirit of timidity, it exposes the lies and I can finally be free. Ask the Lord to search your heart to point out those areas that have been hidden. He wants to expose them, not to hurt you – though it is painful – but to heal you.
God wants to be the fortress and stronghold within us. We need to use God’s weapons against anything that is contrary to Him. If our thoughts don’t line up with who Christ says we are, then we need to capture and remove those ideas before they take root in our minds and hearts.
Ephesians 1:4 – “Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.”
2 Timothy 1:7 – “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love and of a sound mind.”
2 Corinthians 10:4-5 “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
Psalm 18:2 – “The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”
Psalm 46:7 & 11 – “The Lord Almighty is here among us: the God of Israel is our fortress.” Psalm 62:2 & 6 – “He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will never be shaken.”
Themes to pray today
– Ask the Lord to reveal any lies of the enemy
– Thank God for his Truth that tears down false strongholds – Ask God to be the only fortress in every area of your life
A prayer to bring to God
Lord, I thank you for your presence in my life. I give you permission to search my heart where a past wound or trauma gave the enemy an opportunity to plant a lie. I ask you to expose it so that I can renounce it, replace it with your truth, and begin to walk in the freedom and wholeness you have for me. I want You to be my rock and my fortress – my only stronghold!
In Jesus name, Amen!
A Question To Ponder
– What is an area in your life that you have suppressed? Are you willing to present that to the Lord to bring some healing of your spirit?
– Please consider downloading Winning The Mind Wars by Steve Berger and Spiritual Warfare Prayer Against Strongholds, both available on the dorchesterhopefellowship.com website,
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