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Day Five: Strongholds

Friday, February 4th, 2011

Psalm 52 (NIV 2010)

1 Why do you boast of evil, you mighty hero?
Why do you boast all day long,
you who are a disgrace in the eyes of God?
2 You who practice deceit,
your tongue plots destruction;
it is like a sharpened razor.
3 You love evil rather than good,
falsehood rather than speaking the truth.
4 You love every harmful word,
you deceitful tongue!

5 Surely God will bring you down to everlasting ruin:
He will snatch you up and pluck you from your tent;
he will uproot you from the land of the living.
6 The righteous will see and fear;
they will laugh at you, saying,
7 “Here now is the man
who did not make God his stronghold
but trusted in his great wealth
and grew strong by destroying others!”

8 But I am like an olive tree
flourishing in the house of God;
I trust in God’s unfailing love
for ever and ever.
9 For what you have done I will always praise you
in the presence of your faithful people.
And I will hope in your name,
for your name is good.

Reflection:

If we take a glimpse at some of the top television shows, it’s easy to notice some of the attributes that people value today- intelligence, beauty, prestige, and wealth. In these things, people are seeking some degree of affirmation and security. But, whenever we trust anything outside of God, we will find strongholds built up in our minds and in our lives that lead to insecurity, emptiness and despair.

Today, in facing these strongholds, we can find victory in God’s Word as our lives continue to be shaped in obedience to Christ. As God’s people, we can boldly declare verses 8-9 to be ours – in our thoughts, emotions, hopes, and ways. And when we place our trust and dependence in Him alone, we will experience His unfailing love as strongholds come crumbling down. We can place our hope in His name; yes, His name, and all that this means, is good.

Responding to the message:

Reflect on the passage and spend time in prayer declaring out loud verses 8-9. Let us declare our hope and trust in the Lord and in Him only, and let the power of His Word demolish any strongholds in our own lives. May our lives be formed in obedience to Christ shaped by the power of God’s Word!

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Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Day Three: True Peace

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Day Two : Obedience to Christ

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

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Monday, January 31st, 2011

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