"And you shall make no covenant with the
inhabitants of this land; you shall tear down their altars." But you have
not obeyed My voice. Why have you done this? Therefore I also said, "I
will not drive them out before you; but they shall be thorns in your side, and
their gods shall be a snare to you." (Judges 2:2-3)
God gave the Israelites specific instructions:
Drive the Canaanites out of every corner of the land, and obliterate any
vestige of their abominable idol worship. This assignment was challenging!
Their enemies had formidable chariots. The Canaanites had seemingly impregnable
fortresses that were dangerous and difficult to overcome. The Israelites failed
to drive all the Canaanites from the land. Much about the Canaanite lifestyle
and religion appealed to the Israelites’ sinful nature. Rather than destroying
them and their idolatry, Israel compromised. The Canaanites would prove to be a
troublesome distraction to the Israelites. Their idol worship would present a
When you became a Christian, God declared war on
sin’s strongholds in your life. Sinful behaviors and attitudes were firmly
entrenched in your character, but God commanded you to tear them down. The Holy
Spirit pointed out areas of your life that were resistant to God’s will. Were
you tempted to merely establish a truce rather than obliterating every sin? Is
anger one of sin’s strongholds? If so, it will rise up against you in moments
of weakness. Is there a stronghold of lust in your life? If so, you will
succumb to it when caught off guard. In careless moments, these strongholds
will still tempt you to continue your past sinful behaviors.
Do not underestimate the destructive power of sin.
If there are strongholds in your life that you have never defeated, the Holy
Spirit is still prepared to bring you complete victory.