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Susan @ 1:26 AM
Friday, September 03, 2004
Bobbie Houston started a new series of teaching at Hillsong Women called "the Strong hold Savvy", it was awesome. Along with her teaching, this is what I felt the Lord's speaking to me.
Isaiah 54:2 Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes; ......
We have two kinds of strongholds in our lives. One being Godly ones and the other being the negative ones. To put it in simple terms, each character can be a stronghold. Like deligence, endurance, anger, laziness,fear... Each one of them is a stronghold, it won't just go away overnight without any resistance. It's like a battlefield constantly in war, either the Godly characters win or the negative ones. Isaiah 54:2 refers to the Godly strongholds as our territories, or tents. We need to aggresively go into the battle and enlarge our Godly strongholds. But each stretch has to be a battle, with purpose,strategy, persistence, force and God's help.
With every obedience to God's leading, it comes the fullness of His promise and blessing. Every victory we win will lead to rewards that can be passed down to our future generations, way beyond our imagination and understanding.
Don't underestimate the power in the small beginnings. The little things we choose to do can set things in motion. For example, we start to take one cigarette, we think that won't make much difference in our well being. Then the next time it's easier for us to yield to the temptation to take another one, then another one, the temptation becomes bigger and bigger, then uncontiously we lose that part of territory and become addicted to smoking. Contrarary, if we yield to the little promptings in our hearts to do good, then the next time we'll find it easier and stronger to do another good, with the reward and blessings, the experiences we had, we'd be able to do more. Then the annointing increases, the tent stretches, we'll be able to handle more and more.
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