Daily Devotional

Lay Siege to that City

by Simon Whitton

10 When you march up to attack a city, make its people an offer of peace.
11 If they accept and open their gates, all the people in it shall be subject to forced labor and shall work for you.
12 If they refuse to make peace and they engage you in battle, lay siege to that city.
13 When the LORD your God delivers it into your hand, put to the sword all the men in it.

Deuteronomy 20:12-13 NIV

Are there strongholds of the enemy in your life? Is there an area of your personal life that should have been brought into submission but continues to fight against you? If there are areas of our lives that are not subject to us, we must deal with them forcefully and engage them in battle. We must not make peace with strongholds that defy the will of God. We must completely destroy them or they will continue to cause grief and you will sin against the Lord.

16 However, in the cities of the nations the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance, do not leave alive anything that breathes.
17 Completely destroy them-the Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites-as the LORD your God has commanded you.
18 Otherwise, they will teach you to follow all the detestable things they do in worshiping their gods, and you will sin against the LORD your God.

Deuteronomy 20:16-18 NIV

In the spiritual realm there are many ways to overcome an adversity or demolish a stronghold.  Deliverance, healing or confession may hold the answer, but in some situations the enemy stubbornly refuses to surrender.  It could be that the Lord would have you lay siege to that city.

Some strongholds are more vulnerable to siege than others. Sins that like to be fed, that need fuel to thrive - things like gossip, gluttony, pornography and smoking - may be good candidates for siege warfare, but 'fears' may not be.

The strategy of siege warfare is to starve your enemy into submission. Surround the city completely, let nothing out and nothing in, deny them what they crave. Don't let any supplies or reinforcements get through, or it could prolong the siege.

Prepare for a long war, as a siege can last for several years. But don't give in to frustration and walk away, or the siege will fail. Know that this fortified city is built on land that belongs to you, land that the Lord has given to you. Inside the walls, with each day of siege, the stronghold is weakened. Rely on God's strength, and look for His miraculous intervention. You may be surprised how quickly the seemingly impregnable stronghold falls.

30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the people had marched around them for seven days.

32 And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel and the prophets,
33 who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions,
34 quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies.

Hebrews 11:30,32-34 NIV

When the Lord delivers the city into your hand, this weakness will be turned to strength in your life. You will go up and take possession of its powerful fortifications, its domination over the landscape, and it will no longer be used by the enemy but by the Lord.

Spend some time in prayer and ask the Lord if there's a stronghold in your life that He wants you to lay siege to.  Pray for the perseverance and the faith to stubbornly maintain the siege until the stronghold capitulates.  Declare a start to the siege immediately and count the days.

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