I’m a visual learner.
Because of that, when I get a mental “picture” in my head I’m able to learn something easier… and it usually sticks with me longer. I wonder if you’re the same way. Yes? Cool. I have quite a visual to share with you then.
As Wayne and I were struggling early in our marriage, a counselor gave me this image that has never left my mind. He said, “Understand that Satan’s objective is to destroy you and all you stand for, so realize that he is continually walking the perimeter of your marriage looking for a way to get in.“
Wow. That creeps me out even now.
But as I chewed on that comment for a while, it resonated. I could see, in my mind’s eye, Satan literally walking around the borders of my marriage, trying to find its weak points and breaking through… with the explicit goal of destroying it. At that point in our marriage, there were so many “weak” points he hardly had to walk far to find one.
Later, I ran across this verse and it added to that mental picture. Psalm 94:22 reads “But the LORD has become my fortress, and my God the rock in whom I take refuge.”
This scripture convinced me that since I was a Christ-follower, God was now my fortress. Because I had accepted His gift of salvation, I had access to His protective, rock-hard walls in every area of my life. And believe me… there is nothing stronger than God as your fortress and rock.
You see, He strengthens our flimsy, ineffective, human attempts at creating our own safety perimeters by reinforcing them… with Him. He is our divine protection.
Friends, where do you need Him to be your fortress today?
- In your marriage where there is so much pain and heartbreak?
- In your parenting skills because you are always at the end of your rope?
- In some other significant relationship where tension is running high?
- In your attitude which is poisoning your entire life?
- With some addiction that you can’t seem to overcome?
- In staying with that resolution that is getting harder and hard to keep?
Stop right now pray.
Express your need for God to become your strong fortress. Confess you can’t do it yourself any longer. Ask Him to protect those situations and relationships that are failing under your own strength. Share your desire to take refuge in Him… and submit to His authority and protection.
Then… rest in Him and let Him strengthen your borders.
I encourage you to allow God to be the fortress in your life, so when the Evil One walks up and sees your divine protection… he runs away with his pitchfork tucked between his legs.