Think back to the story of Samson. The instructions the Lord gave his parents were for his life. Judges 13:5 says, “…no razor shall come upon his head, for the child shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb; and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.”
Samson had great strength, but he did not follow God in every way. Judges 16:1 says that he went into a harlot. In verse 5 the lords of the Philistines gave the harlot direct instructions.
They said, “…Entice him, and find out where his great strength lies, and by what means we may overpower him, that we may bind him to afflict him…” You can read the story for yourself.
After Delilah pestered him mercilessly, he gave in and told her the secret to his strength. Verse 17 says, “…No razor has ever come upon my head, for I have been a Nazirite from my mother’s womb…”
What lies are you still bound with? What lies are the foundation of a stronghold that keeps you spiritually weak? We usually don’t know because we have been deceived. That is, after all, what a lie is ~ deception.
All lies counterfeit the truth. Truth is absolute. There are no exceptions. I was stopped on the street by a young politician yesterday. He wanted my vote. I have been asking the Lord to raise up young righteous men and women to enter the political scene.
I asked, “Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus?” His reply revealed a lie that he was encased in. His answer was, “I am a (named a religion) and I believe in the Trinity.”
I promptly quoted from John 14:1 saying, “You believe in God, but the ‘Me’ is Jesus.” He put his hand up and said that it was nice meeting me and walked off.
There were two falls recorded in the Bible that I want to look at. We know that satan fell from heaven. Why? He exalted himself through a lie that he made up.
Remember what John 8:44 said about satan. “…does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.”
What did the serpent use to entice Eve? He contradicted God’s word. In Genesis 3:1 he cast doubt. Verse 4 says, “Then the serpent said to the woman, You will not surely die.”
Adam and Eve fell because of the unbelief the serpent planted! That is exactly what he does when he shoots out a fiery dart. It is targeted to plant a seed which is a lie. It’s designed to penetrate and remain hidden as it permeates our thought processes.
The more lies we believe, the more strength they gather to build strongholds that will afflict us and weaken our faith. That is another reason that the Lord brings trials. According to 1 Peter 1:7 He uses our trials to prove our faith genuine. The fiery trials reveal the hidden so it can be removed. Mark 4:22 says, “…nor has anything been kept secret but that it should come to light.”
I encourage you to not look for your strongholds. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal them to you as you read God’s word daily. Also it says in Hosea 10:13 that we have eaten the fruit of lies because we trusted in our own way. The moment you start to do something in your own strength, recognize it is because a lie was planted. Ask Him to reveal it. He is very faithful to show us what keeps us bound.