And so the time comes when you are faced with the very thing you knew was destroying you.
There always seems to be at least one small, tiny thing that we do…that thing that does not seem to matter…that is okay to do… that is just on the Bible’s line of “you can do it”.
But then comes the time when you are faced with the consequences…
The bothersome agony of addiction… needing it more than anything else…
The loyalty to the pleasure it gives and the willingness to defend it against all else…
And then, you wake up, almost too late, to realize that you have let a hideous discusting, deceitful beast of a thing, control you and lead your life… leaving you in a place you wish you never were…
Don’t let anything keep you from truly living your life for Yahweh. He is the author of your life. He has such a beautiful plan for you, so perfect, that you can not even imagine how beautiful it is.
If there are strongholds in your life, and there are, seek Yahweh’s help to overcome them.
The freedom will be true and His voice will be stronger. Your life will have such a deep meaning, more than you could ever imagine.
•Realize that you have a stronghold. That there is something keeping you from truly living for Yahweh. Pray and examine yourselves. Be honest and recognize your problem, big or small.
“Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” ~2 Corinthians 13:5
“Search me O Yahweh, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” ~Psalms 139:23-24
•Take it to Yahweh in prayer. Repent of it and confess it. Be ready and willing to overcome your strongholds. Believe that Yahweh will give you the strength to daily battle and overcome your battles.
“I acknowledge my sin unto thee,
and mine iniquity have I not hid.
I said, I will confess my transgressions unto Yahweh;
and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.” ~Psalms 32:5
•Find trustworthy accountability. Yahweh put others around you to pray for you and support you. One of the hardest battles to overcome is confessing your problem with others. The enemy wants to keep you in his grasp. But trust Yahweh and tell a fellow believer about your struggles. They will pray for you and keep you accountable.
“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” ~John 5:16
•Be on guard, always. You may find yourself slipping back. But even if you do, continue forward battling the enemy and trusting Yahweh. You will always have temptations, but Yahweh has overcome them and He lives in you.
“Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” ~ 1 Corinthians 10:12-13
•Share our testimony. You will then have a testimony that will get easier to share with others and will be a great encouragement to others who are struggling.
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” ~Ephesians 6:12
“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” ~John 16:33