Freedom Friday

Friday, December 19, 2014

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds; casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”
(2 Corinthians 10:3-5)

PULLING DOWN STRONGHOLDS

Have you found that you’re constantly condemning yourself versus living free and redeemed in Christ? Has the enemy erected strongholds of hurt, controversy, and problems into your life to block your view of the gospel of grace?

Satan’s mission is to hide the church from the message of grace. He doesn’t care if we commit a sin, because he knows [like we know] that the blood of Jesus washes away our sins. No, he wants us to live in condemnation over our sins in order to take our minds off of God’s grace and favor.

Condemnation causes a major problem for the daughter of God who wants to live for Christ. It is a stronghold that blocks her view of God’s grace; and it must be pulled down for her to live out the finished work of the gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1-4, Romans 8:28-30, Philippians 1:6)!

Satan sneakily implants strongholds [for example, abusive behavior, complacency, doubt, pride, jealousy, fear, low self-esteem, gossip, greed, negativity, unforgiveness, and false teaching] into our minds to make us forget grace. The good thing about being in Christ is that there is no more condemnation for our sins (Romans 8:1), so we don’t have to continue living dejected, miserable lives. We have the powerful weapon of the gospel of Christ to pull down our strongholds!

We should not be bowing down to our troubles; they should be pulled down to obey Christ.

Will you pull down bitterness to see grace!
Will you pull down blame to experience grace!
Will you pull down brokenness to enjoy grace!

Don’t let condemnation keep you from experiencing the freeing grace of God! The Lord can be trusted to lead you to a better place than your struggles will ever take you.

This Freedom Friday, will you REACH to pull down strongholds?

If you want to learn more about breaking the negative strongholds in your life, our 9-week devotional book, It’s Over, will help you say “NO” to satan and "YES" to freedom in Christ! It is a great gift to get you, or someone you love, started on the right foot for the New Year!

Satan has used and abused you long enough, BREAK up with him today and REKINDLE your love relationship with God. 


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