Monday, September 12, 2011
How William Fought
In William Wallace's day, England completely controlled Scotland. English lords ruled in every town enforcing the wishes of King Edward I. When a country is under the rule of another king, that king has strongholds strategically placed to keep the people under control. In order to gain freedom, those strongholds have to be fought over and won back. Thinking about this in terms of the Kingdom of God, we all have strongholds in our lives. They could be addictions, worry, fear, pride, bitterness etc., but it is something in your life where the enemy has built a fort and God doesn't have control. So I don't think the fighting for victory over strongholds in our lives is the real problem - I think it's the occupation part that trips us up. Let me explain...
If the Scottish rebels would have fought and took over a military stronghold but didn't occupy it, the English would have marched right back in and taken over. In order to keep the victory they had won, they had to occupy that place. They had to fight for continued victory. I know for myself I feel like I have fought the same battles over and over again. So why, if when I get on my face before God and ask him to free me from this do I continue to stay in bondage? I think it is cause I don't fight from that place that once had control over me. I'm saying once God has given me or you victory, we are to stay there and fight for others from that place. Instead, we tend to move on to the next issue like nothing ever happened. God can take our issues and use them to further the Kingdom if we will let Him; if we open up and share our messy lives in a way that can minister to others.
Right now, I don't feel like I've got it all together but I am fighting for freedom. I've got my sword in hand and am not dropping it even when it gets heavy or when I don't see anyone else fighting. I will fight for my freedom and my prayer is that in allowing others to watch, I will be fighting for theirs, too.
"But he stood his ground and fought the Philistines until his hand was weary and stuck to the sword. But the Lord accomplished a great victory that day." 2 Samuel 23:10
What would it look like to occupy your stronghold...to stay and fight?
Posted by Set Free From Me at 4:18 PM