IDENTIFYING AND DESTROYING STRONGHOLDS: GIDEON’S STORY – PART 1
Judges 6:2 KJV
 And the hand of Midian prevailed against Israel: and because of the Midianites the children of Israel made them the dens which are in the mountains, and caves, and strong holds.
In today’s edition, I will explain further on how to identify strongholds and deal with it using the story of Gideon and how God used him to deliver the children of Israel from captivity, out of strongholds into their inheritance in God. The Israelites initially ran into strongholds to hide from the Medianites, this eventually became a captivity for them for seven good years. The stronghold became a bondage as they were unable to come out of it for the fear of the Medianites.
Judges 6:10 KJV And I said unto you, I am the Lord your God; fear not the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but ye have not obeyed my voice.
The stronghold of Disobedience : Disobedience to God and instructions according to His word could be very devastating with grave consequences. In the above Scripture, one of the reasons the children of Israel went into bondage was because they disobeyed God. 2 Corinthians 10:6 says, ‘And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.’
When you have the culture of disobeying what God tells you, it becomes a stronghold that if not dealt with will pull you down and cut you shot from the promises of God just as it did King Saul – 1 Sam 15:22-23. God promised the throne to him and his generation but through disobedience, he lost it. Likewise, the children of Israel throughout the book of Judges kept falling in and out of captivity because of disobedience to God. Your life could be better and you could move faster if you deal with the stronghold of disobedience in your life. The Bible says that if you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land – Isaiah 1:19. Friend, it’s time for you to come out of that stronghold of disobedience, take the word of God as your guide and instruction and begin to do according to the word. Use this as a starting point to practicing obeying God and watch how your life will experience a lift. You can start today by asking for the forgiveness of your sins and cleansing by the blood of Jesus. Then take authority through the name of Jesus and proclaim your freedom.
Judges 6:11 KJV. And there came an angel of the Lord , and sat under an oak which was in Ophrah, that pertained unto Joash the Abi-ezrite: and his son Gideon threshed wheat by the winepress, to hide it from the Midianites.
The stronghold of Fear : the reason they hid from the Medianites in a stronghold was because they were afraid. Fear will stop one from making progress. It incapacitates, paralyses, and makes its victim die even before the attack. Fear deprives its victim of the joy of the present in horror anticipation of a disastrous future. Fear is one of devil’s tool to torment his victim. The torment is to make them lose faith in whatever promise existed and submit to the negative thought or suggestion the enemy throws at the victim.
Whenever you subscribe to the emotion of fear because of the negative feeds from the enemy, you are only alluding to lies of the enemy and if this persists, one may begin to confess and act the fear. Fear is a product of wrong meditation on the lies of the enemy. Fear is a stronghold that has to be pulled down and nothing else can do this except the word of God.
Whenever the enemy throws negative suggestions into your mind, know immediately that this is a lie because he is the master of liars and there is no truth in him at all. Immediately, get the truth of God’s word that is contrary to the lie and begin to meditate on it instead of meditating on the lies. Then, confess the word to the point that the negative feed is completely erased from your memory.
For further study:
1 Samuel 15:22-23, Judges 6:1-11
Personal declaration for the day:
God has not given me the spirit of fear but of power of love and of a sound mind.
Questions for you to reflect on
What are you afraid of and what sin do you easily fall into?
Is the problem bigger than God?
Have you confronted it? How?