What is that one weakness you have, that bad habit, or rotten attitude? Where does Satan have a stronghold within you?
It’s a fitting word--stronghold: a fortress, thick walls, tall gates. It’s as if the devil staked a claim on one weakness and constructed a rampart around it—placing himself squarely between God’s help and your. . .explosive temper; fragile self-image; freezer-size appetite; or distrust for authority.
Stronghold. Seasons come and go, and this Loch Ness monster still lurks in the water-bottom of your soul. He won’t go away! He lives up to both sides of his compound name: strong enough to grip like a vise and stubborn enough to hold on.
Remember Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 10:4, “We use mighty weapons, not mere worldly weapons, to knock down the devil’s strongholds.” You and I fight with toothpicks but God comes with battering rams and cannons! So give your strongholds to God and He will break them down!
from Facing Your Giants