Daily Devotional

The Stronghold of Fear

by Simon Whitton

Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death-- that is, the devil--
  and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.

Hebrews 2:14-15 (NIV)

Fear is present in every human heart; more in some than in others, but it's there and most of us aren't even aware of the extent to which it controls or even enslaves us. Fear can be deceitful and is often at the root of our motives. Our anxieties, insecurities and worries are rooted in fear. Fear of poverty, fear of others, fear of giving up control, of disease, of death.

If we are honest with ourselves, we may be able to acknowledge these fears are just below the surface of much of our interaction with others. In our thought life but carefully hidden, rarely spoken out loud, but influencing our priorities, our speech and even our whole approach to life.

Fear restricts, binds, and cripples us in our thoughts, in our actions, in our relationships, and even in our relationship with God, in our faith. God is wrestling for control of these deep areas of our heart. The heart free of fear is free indeed, and can be directed according to God's purposes, with peace and security in Him.

When we accept lies in our thought life, they begin to build strongholds for the enemy. Fears that dare to defy the truth of God's word and the security He has promised can become strongholds in our hearts.

But how do we demolish these strongholds? Confess fears as sin, and understand that Jesus' death was to free those enslaved by fear. Then shine the light of the word of God on the dark recesses of your heart. Confront the fears with those scriptures that expose them as lies; and dare to believe God's word, not the fearful attitude of your heart. Stand on the truth of those scriptures until every last block of the enemy's stronghold is torn down.

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.

2 Corinthians 10:4-5(NIV)

Imagine how much freedom you'd have if you feared nothing or no one except God. This is the type of freedom that the prophets of the Old Testament walked in, and eventually the New Testament Apostles. This is the sort of freedom that Christ died for and God wants you to have.

Seek the Lord and give your whole heart over to Him. He knows its fearful history, even back to childhood, and sees into the darkest corners. He's familiar with all of your fears, and none can match the rock solid security of His love for you. Ask the Lord to deliver you from all of your fears, that you might have pure motives and freedom.

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