Strongholds: What Is Your Egypt

My metaphorical Egypt resembles the strongholds that hold me hostage.

Dearest Reader,

Earlier today, I came across a question, scratched in the margin of my Bible, “What is my Egypt?”  On my previous pass through Psalms, I had written this question and was prompted to do a heart check. What is my Egypt and where do I need deliverance?

My metaphorical Egypt resembles the strongholds that hold me hostage.

Let’s look at the passage of Scripture together.

Psalms 81:10-12

“I am the Lord  your God,
who brought you up from the land of Egypt.
Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.
 
But my people did not listen to my voice;
Israel did not obey me. So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts
to follow their own plans.”

In this passage of Scripture, once again the Israelites were refusing to listen to God, or His Word, in spite of the things He had done for them. And, so He reminds them, “I am the Lord your God, who brought you up from the land of Egypt.” 

I am a seasoned woman, fifty-eight years of living, some well, some not so well, even worse when I followed my plans. I know where my deliverance has been, and yet, there are still strongholds. I am a work in progress, and I continue to ask myself the question, “What is my Egypt?”

What is my Egypt?

My daily struggles fall into the same areas. Every. Single. Day.

  • Pride
  • Am I good enough?
  • Distracted by social media and the interwebs
  • Complacency 
  • Discontentment
  • Judging others 

Can you relate?

When I read through the Old Testament, I find it easy to criticize the Israelites. When I look into my heart, the similarities are glaring. I too have followed my own heart, filling my broken places with things of the world. Can I tell you what a terrible mess that makes in my life? That I once found myself living in the pit of Hell?

I will tell you emphatically; I do not ever want to go there again.

How do I balance the tension between my ways and God’s ways?

This graphic courtesy of bible.com 

I must decrease, as God increases. Daily, we take our strongholds to the Cross, and we nail them there. It is the only way. Again and again and again.

Today’s Reflection

What are your strongholds? In what area do you need to decrease?

Today’s Prayer

Heavenly Father, you are righteous. Convict us of the strongholds which hold us hostage, unfurl our clenched hands that we may bring them to you. Thank you for loving us in our broken messes. May we submit to your ways, and not our own. You made us, and we are yours. Amen

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