Strongholds Block Spiritual Growth

Strongholds oppose God’s ways and will. Therefore they block our progress in spiritual maturity. Paul wrote about a condition for our progressive sanctification. Colossians 1:23 says, “IF you indeed continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard…”

Verse 27 explained the mystery of our hope. It says, “…riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Colossians 3:3 says that our life is hidden with Christ in God.

1 Corinthians 2:7-8 says, “…the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.”

Through Jesus’ death on the cross, He made the way for us to have intimate communion with Him. Enemy planted strongholds are designed to hide lies that will control our life. Our spiritual growth depends on our abiding in Christ.

In my own life, I keep going back to visit John 15:1-8. It is an essential reminder for me, that apart from Christ I can do nothing. Not only that, fruit for His glory is borne as we abide. It comes from being and not doing.

A plant grows in soil. As vegetation around it decomposes, it creates nitrogen that feeds the roots. In that analogy, think of our strongholds. Their lies block the truth that our roots need in order to thrive. When we confess them as sin, renounce and tear them down, truth takes over and we flourish.

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