Where is your stronghold?
:1. a place that has been fortified so as to protect it against attack.
:2. a place where a particular cause or belief is strongly defended or upheld.
Source: Google Dictionary
Often times when we think of the word “stronghold” we think of being held by something negative. For example: If I say, “Sally has a stronghold over her mind…” We may draw the conclusion that the enemy of Sally’s soul is holding her mind captive to lies and misbeliefs…she needs to become free from this stronghold. This assessment may be 100% correct and this is the scenario that most Christ-Followers are familiar with. However, take a moment to read the definition of the word stronghold one more time and consider the following question.
Do we need to build strongholds for our spiritual life?
Let’s examine the following verse: 1 Samuel 19:2 (ESV)
“And Jonathan told David, “Saul my father seeks to kill you. Therefore be on your guard in the morning. Stay in a secret place and hide yourself.”
In short David has been chosen as the 2nd King of Israel. King Saul still sits on the throne at this point and has become very jealous. David has killed the giant called Goliath and the crowds are singing his praises. King Saul has determined that he will spend the rest of his life in pursuit of killing David. Jonathan is King Saul’s son and has made a commitment to serve David. In our verse above, Jonathan is giving David a heads up about the danger coming his way.
Stay in the Secret Place and Hide Yourself
If you continue reading through 1 Samuel, you will find that David would move from place to place and hide in a secret, or find a stronghold. His life and purpose was in constant danger, yet the Lord’s strategy was not to fight King Saul but to stay hidden…to stay in the stronghold.
Our Secret Place is Our Spiritual Stronghold
I guess the secret place is on my mind a lot lately, I just wrote about it a couple of weeks ago (click here). Our secret place is indeed the place where we are protected from attack and where we defend the truth of not only God’s Word but the promises that He has over our life.
David waited in secret for a very long time. It was from the secret place (the stronghold) that David found:
1. Divine protection from the enemy of his purpose
2. Divine reminders that he would one day sit on the throne if Israel, this was his God-ordained assignment and God would see it through
3. Provision while he waited in secret
4. Weapons for war…When David was called to fight against God’s enemies he was given the weapons and strategy that led to victory
5. Most importantly David held on to his righteousness
6. Resilience…I am convinced that our secret place is where we find “staying power”
When the enemy comes to steal your purpose, do not fear, “Stay in a secret place and hide yourself”…go to your spiritual stronghold.
Oh, how abundant is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you and worked for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of the children of mankind! In the cover of your presence you hide them from the plots of men; you store them in your shelter from the strife of tongues.