Is the coronavirus threatening the life you love so that you feel afraid and wonder what exactly is the stronghold of your heart? It has been for me, and through this, God showed me I had some WRONG strongholds hidden in my heart. For example, I’ve come to realize how much money had become my security. This pandemic is being used to re-ground me in God’s powerful presence.
When we KNOW we are completely loved by God—who is perfect—our joy is not dependent upon anything less than Him, because the experience of His love becomes the stronghold of our heart and thus, we are not ruled by fear, loneliness, or rejection, or any negative circumstances. The Bible says: “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalms 27:1)
How do we make God the stronghold of our heart?
We must make GOD the center of what we love, serve and obey.
Whatever we love, serve and obey is our god; and the way we know it’s our god is because when we lose it, we also lose your joy. When what we love, serve and obey is money, friends, relationships, success, work, children, sex, etc., then we give these cruel taskmasters control of our joy and peace. If you are struggling to be joyful—then it could be because you’re loving, serving, and obeying the wrong god. This is a real struggle for all of us—even down to our silly desire for affirmation by social media “likes.” If our need for acceptance by others robs us of joy—it has become our god. Why? Because we never feel unaccepted close to God. Because of Jesus—He always accepts us.
The replacement of our joy with fear—is a sure sign we’re worshipping a lesser god.
When we focus on seeking God, He enlightens us to the magnificent beauty of all He has done for us. That deep security of being so completely loved becomes our rock. The Psalmist wrote, “One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple. For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock.” (Psalms 27:4-5)
Return to truth. The light of truth reveals our strongholds. God doesn’t change. His love for us doesn’t change. Despite our failings, we are forever His beloved child. Every other relationship in our life is better because of Him.
When we love, serve, and obey GOD—He is the stronghold of our heart.
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