“The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior – from violent men you save me. I call to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies.” – David, 2 Samuel 22:1-4
A fortress, refuge, stronghold, and shield are places to get behind when you know you can’t defeat your enemy. A deliverer and savior are when another person defeats your enemy for you. David was a stud soldier. He quite literally defeated giants; and yet, he still had to realize that he needed to get behind someone or something in order to experience victory.
The Bible tells us that when we realize that we’re weak, it is then that we become strong (2 Corinthians 12:9-10). When we realize that we can’t defeat what’s going on in our head or the situations we face, who will we get behind – our drugs of choice or Jesus? We know our way of living doesn’t work. It’s time to give Jesus a shot. Sometimes He will defeat our giants just by strengthening us Himself. At other times, He will use other believers to give us victory. The first step, though, is to realize that we need help! We can be our greatest barrier to victory.
We must get rid of our “buts.” “But I hate letting others know my challenges. But I don’t want to burden others with my problems as they have enough of their own. But I don’t like others knowing I can’t handle life.” The enemy uses these excuses to draw us out into the open where we have no shield, stronghold, refugee or fortress to protect us. He can then rip off our joy and peace.
The Bible contains over 38 one another phrases. Think God is trying to say something? We need to open up, call upon, and have others pray for us if we are going to have a healthy faith that brings victory to our lives. We are to be weak by realizing that we can’t win on our own so He can be strong for us. Being strong in your weakness is the sign of a healthy faith, in only my friend had realized this.
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Thank you so so much for this today, Pastor Chris. I have had a very difficult day and was thinking about what was the point of my life. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 was the scripture I was led to turn to. Today’s blog only reaffirms that the Lord is ever so present in my life even when I don’t feel like He is. Thank you.