I Peter 5:6-7 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all you anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. (NASB)
It was Saturday September 26, I was attending a four hour prayer meeting for a conference that is actually happening later this week. It was a great time of preparation as we sang songs of worship, read scripture, and prayed together concerning the upcoming event. One of the portions of scripture was Judges 6 the account of Gideon and the work that God had for him to do. One of the things that Gideon was called to do was to tear down his father’s alter to Baal and the Asherah. Then Gideon was to offer his father’s bull as a sacrifice, burnt on the wood of the Asherah. There was a discussion that followed regarding the strongholds in our lives that needed to be torn down so that God could use us in the work of the kingdom. Later, in a time of prayer the scripture came to me from I Peter exhorting us to live humbly under the mighty hand of God.
There are many ways that Satan can gain a stronghold in our lives. Fear is one. Fear can cause us to think and act in very irrational ways. Anger is another. Anger causes us to lash out with destructive intent. Both of these emotions have their healthy place but when Satan enters the picture and is allowed to abide we become crippled as our lives become focussed on something other than the work of the kingdom.
A beautiful thing happened during this meeting which points toward the need for us to be part of the body of Christ. A person whom I had never met before pointed at me and said, “there is a strong hold in your life that needs to be torn down.” It was true, I had battled for weeks on a matter involving another person, I wanted desperately to be rid of the anger that would flare up seemingly from nowhere. The person brought four other people to me who prayed with me and put the spotlight of God’s Word on the deep recesses of my heart. As I prayed these words, “God, let me live once again under your mighty hand” the work was done and that root of bitterness was removed from my life.
So many times our hearts and minds get drawn away from the truth, we want to stand on our own and take things into our own hands. This is not what is best. God calls us to live TODAY in humility and obedience, under the protection and guidance of His hand. The cares of yesterday, and the concerns about tomorrow cannot rule our lives; we must focus our full attention on God Almighty.