Updated: Jun 15
Invasion (def) - An unwelcome intrusion into another's domain. What happens when we truly begin to "study" the Word of God? Since the Word of God is "alive" something is going to happen and it may seem good or bad to us. Why wouldn't it always be good? Because the Word of God breaks down strongholds and some of those strongholds don't want to be broken down. Satan is all about building walls in our lives to keep us from the pure truth of the Word of God. That is why discipling a new convert is so vital to a person's growth and to keep those bad walls from forming. When we are not discipled and led to follow God's Word as a new convert we are not only keeping ourselves from growing but allowing the enemy's strongholds to form in our life. Those strongholds many times appear spiritual and Godly, but are just a little impure in their presentation of God's truth. Oh not enough to notice, but through time they become traditions that are not centered on the pure truth of God's Word. The walls that are built are built from half truths filled with human impressions of what truth is and even though they may seem Godly, they are not. But alas, a stronghold has been established with walls around it to protect the untruth, and those walls are strong. Those walls can sometimes be seen in the forming of different denominations and their specific teachings about the minor things instead of the one main thing and that is the spreading of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
So what needs to happen? For us personally, we need to be what a Dallas Holm song called an Open Book. The lyrics go like this: But now, Jesus, I'm an open book Won't You read every page of my heart Jesus, won't You take a look Help me find a brand new start. Yes, the way to distance ourselves from these walls is to let the Word INVADE our thinking and break down the stronghold. Jesus explained about the way the Word can be messed with in our lives and how from the onset our faith can go down a wrong path and be compromised. Matthew 13:24 Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field;25 but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. 26 But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. 27 So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ 28 He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’ 29 But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.” If this problem is a real thing in the salvation experience you can believe that the enemy will sow untruths in the new converts' life to lead them down the wrong path and build up walls to keep them staying on the wrong path.
Only the pure truth of the Word can break down those walls from false teachings and compromised truth, which is no truth at all. We must be an open book that can let God invade our thinking to break down the walls of untruth and truly follow His ways. Those walls are built around strongholds that are just that "strong and holding on." The great thing about being "honest" with God about our condition is the Holy Spirit is in our lives in power and He fights the battle for us and the invasion is strong and lasting. If you can't let God change your thinking then you are living an example of being in a paradigm. Paradigm (def) - A worldview underlying the theories and methodology of a particular scientific subject. But in this example the paradigm is spiritual and it is a stronghold that has become a lifestyle. Let God invade your thinking through the intense study of His Word and those walls will fall and God will have victory in your life. God will minister to you as you seek Him and the breaking down of the false walls will be followed with God's peace and love. Psalm 34:18 says “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.”
God is all about building new walls after He invades our thinking and He does a readjust that is lasting and true. His ever-present love and power will continue to lead and guide us in the days ahead and He replaces the wrong walls with the new right walls and gives us self-control when living our spiritual life. Proverbs 25:8 A person without self-control
is like a city with broken-down walls. There are GOOD walls and those are the walls of protection God puts around all of those who call Him Lord, and a fresh commitment to Him will lead us to pray to God to build those walls for us. Our God is great to be praised!!! Let the Invasion Begin!
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