Yes, it’s been awhile since posting to my blog. Why? you might ask. Well, it seems God has been using this time to teach me some new things. I heard the word seclusion and then read this verse, “Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest for a little while…” (Mark 6:31 AMP).
During the Christmas season the first person gave me a gift with the word believe on it. Then a second gift came from another friend. It was a book with the word believe designed into the edges of the pages. Then a neighbor brought me a picture with the word believe on it. Last week a long time friend called and in the course of our conversation, she told me about the Streams in the Desert devotional for that day. It was about Abraham and how “he staggered not at the promise of God.” It seems God is reminding me (again) to believe what He has to say over the voice of the enemy, others, and my own voice.
This morning, God showed me something else. The enemy is like a battering ram. A battering ram was a heavy beam originally with the end in the form of a carved ram. It was used in breaking down fortifications. “Fortifications are military constructions or buildings designed for the defense of territories in warfare…” The word fortify means, “strengthen a place with defensive works so as to protect it against attacks.” It also means to, “strengthen or invigorate (someone) mentally or physically.”
Satan will do anything and everything he can to break down our confidence to keep us from doing what we know God has called us to do. But God fortifies us with His Word. Two words I’ve been reminded of recently, “So do not throw away your confidence; for it will be richly rewarded,” (Hebrews 10:35 NIV). “The bolts of your gates shall be iron and bronze and your strength will equal your days.” (Deuteronomy 33:25 NIV). So when the enemy comes in like a battering ram, may we find ourselves standing on God’s Word to defeat him and his tactics. I feel that’s what’s been happening, but I’m allowing God to answer the door with His Word.