1:a fortified place
2a : a place of security or survival
What joy has been my sabbatical! It's contained a huge spiritual component, but one of industry as well. Hubby and I have focused our energies on yet another move; and it's with great relief that I report that we are 90% settled.
This has also been a time to pause & rewind as I announced on April 9. In the nearly three weeks since, I've re-discovered the joy of some old things and added the joy of some new things. I am challenged. I am excited.
As is often the case when I begin digging around in God's word, a new concept begins to emerge as a recurring theme. The subject of strongholds is one such emergent. I hope to write more about scenes from a sabbatical, but for now let me just share this:
We are either a victim or victor where strongholds are concerned.
It depends on Who/what has the strong hold ...
We either hide from Him or in Him.
‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says:
I am about to desecrate My sanctuary—
the stronghold in which you take pride,
the delight of your eyes,
the object of your affection.
The Lord is like an enemy; he has swallowed up Israel.
He has swallowed up all her palaces
and destroyed her strongholds.
An enemy will overrun your land,
pull down your strongholds
and plunder your fortresses
David sang to the LORD the words of this song ...
"The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield and the horn of my salvation.
He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior—
from violent people you save me.
2 Samuel 22:1-3
The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed,
a stronghold in times of trouble.
Of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
of whom shall I be afraid?
The salvation of the righteous comes from the LORD;
He is their stronghold in time of trouble.
The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world.
On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.
2 Corinthians 10:4
I look forward to getting around to visiting each of you in the days to come. I've missed you, and I'm eager to catch up on your lives. You are such a blessing to me!