Monday, May 16, 2011

Scoring the line

This weekend Greg, my son Jordan and I started a long awaited backyard project, building a fire pit. Well, rebuilding a fire pit to be more accurate. A few years ago the kids and I built a fire pit as a Father's Day surprise while he was out of town. We worked really hard on it but it still came out like a kid making a birthday cake... a sweet idea but kind of funny looking.

After unloading some of the flagstone from our pickup truck, we began creating the puzzle. Each larger piece of flagstone needed to be cut down to fit our needs. Jordan and I began with a chisel and sledge hammer. Excited for the new challenge, I banged away at the first piece of stone but quickly grew tired. The small sledge hammer grew heavier with every swing and soon my arm and shoulders were begging me to stop.

Telling myself I had picked too thick of a piece to start with, I moved on to another one. This time every whack resulted in a thin layer of the rock chipping off. Well that's not what I wanted. I wanted to hit the center of that rock with a few mighty blows causing it to split in half victoriously.

Noticing my frustration and complete inability to actual break the stones, Greg retreated to the garage only to return with an air hammer. Now that's more like it! I felt my excitement returning and my sore muscles relaxing.

After a quick tutorial I was laying into the center of the rock with a lot more power. But it still didn't seem to break the rock in half. It did, however, create a deep score line. We began using the air hammer to score all of the rocks so we could drop them causing a clean break.

Isn't that how we are with breaking strongholds in our lives? We get excited about the idea of being free from its burden but quickly grow tired by the effort it takes to break the chains. Sometimes we may see a little progress, like the chipping stone, but get discouraged that it is taking so long to see results. All the while our bodies grow weary and sore, crying out for us to stop trying.

Only when we apply God's supernatural power to our stronghold will we begin to see results. But it's still not an instant break. God's power will cut through the walls of the stronghold, scoring a deep line. This is the plumb line of His truth. This is the line to measure all things by. When we realize the lies we've been believing don't measure up to the plumb line He has created, the wall will finally fall. And because God created the scored line, it will be a clean break. You may choose to rebuild the wall of stronghold again later, but on this day, God creates a unmistakable line between truth and lies and you are free!

Do you have a stronghold creating a wall around you? Do you want to break that wall down and become free? Allow God to score His truth unto your heart and He will set you free...

Be blessed,

“For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.” 2 Corinthians 10:3-4


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