“You need to destroy all the idols that remain in your life, tear down every altar used to worship other gods; and walk away from every temptation that allows you to harbor sin. Once this is finished, I will be able to move mightily through you. Until it is accomplished, you will have little strength to stand, and little desire to overcome those things that stand in the way of Our fellowship.
The idols that you have overlooked have forced you to squander precious moments of the life that I have given you. They stand in the way of My allowing you to receive hidden manna. They hinder you from seeing My Word clearly. You need to be finished with them. Look away from them. Turn toward Me in everything you do. I will show you where they are. I will give you the strength to destroy them. I will hold you until you are strong enough to stand without them in your life. Together We will rejoice as they are nullified. You will be free. I will be able to use you.”
Joshua 7:13 AMP
Up, sanctify (set apart for a holy purpose) the people, and say, Sanctify yourselves for tomorrow; for thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: There are accursed things in the midst of you, O Israel. You can not stand before your enemies until you take away from among you the things devoted [to destruction].
Isaiah 30:21 NIV
Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”
Does it not make sense that the weaknesses in our land are due in part to the weaknesses in the church? Since each of us joined together comprise the church, I believe it is fair to say that we each contribute to the weakness that is in our land through our own weaknesses.
I realize that we are to do everything by the power of our Lord and not in our own strength. I also realize that when I harbor any sin in my life, I am incapable of coming close to the Lord until it is removed. Our Father is asking each of us to look for those strongholds that we may still be holding close, the ones that have become so familiar that we do not even recognize them as strongholds anymore. He wants them out of our lives, so that we can take that next step to holiness.
There is a move of the Lord at hand. He is planting the desire for holiness in His people. That desire stirs up the willingness to join with our Lord against anything that would hinder our relationship with Him. The maturity of aggressively joining Him in the search is vastly different than when we were young in Him. Then we were tight fisted with our sin until He did what was necessary to pry open our hands to release that sin. Now we are to join Him in finding it.
Help me find them fast, Lord,