BUILDING A STRONGHOLD IN GOD(Pt.2)

BUILDING A STRONGHOLD IN GOD(Pt. 2)

David did not realize that his receiving the anointing to be the next king of Israel would be contested. Saul knew that his days as king were ending according to the word of The Lord through Samuel. Saul represents one who operated from a place of insecurity, jealousy and a Man-pleasing spirit. This was not rooted so much in pride (His beginnings were out of a humble heart and attitude) but rather out of a spirit of fear; fear of being rejected by the people. And so as his focus became more about not losing his kingdom, he became less concerned about establishing God’s kingdom in the earth.

A DIFFERENT MIND

David, on the other hand, was “a man after My heart” said God “who will do my will”. Under David’s rule and leadership the kingdom of God would be revealed in the earth. Ultimately, Saul and David represent two opposing viewpoints or mindsets in the earth…The fleshly or carnal mind or the Spirit mind. The apostle Paul explains, “For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. (Galatians 5:17 NIV) There must be a dismantling as it were of the carnal(fleshly) mindset in order to build the Spirit mindset. By choosing one over the other, the stronghold in which we think and operate in this hour will be set. Again, Paul wrote, “Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God. (Romans 8:5-8 NIV)

THE HIDING PLACE

The story of Corrie ten Boom and the courage that her family displayed during World War II was made into a movie called, “The Hiding Place”. The family discovered that Nazi Germany would attempt to round up and destroy all the Jews. They began to build in their home a secret room to hide the Jews from their enemies. This was done at great risk to themselves as a devout Christian family. But with a spirit of faith and love, courage and determination they hid away and were able to deliver many of their Jewish neighbors from prison camps of destruction. God used them to be His stronghold in time of trouble.  

David, too, experienced God’s mercy and shelter during his many years of being on the run from Saul’s murderous plots against him. “David stayed in the wilderness strongholds and in the hills of the Desert of Ziph. Day after day Saul searched for him, but God did not give David into his hands” (1 Samuel 23:14 NIV). How wonderful to know that no matter what demonic storm you may be facing that God is able to shelter you in His stronghold and keep you safe from the destruction of the enemy. Claim David’s words as you pray: “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust”….If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent”(Psalm 91:1, 2, 9-13 NIV).

 

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