DO NOT LEAVE YOUR FORTRESS
Scripture reading Matthew 12: 43-45 “When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none. Then he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when he comes, he finds it empty, swept, and put in order. Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first. So, shall it also be with this wicked generation.”
Satan is the prince of this world and his kingdom thrives in torturing people. Hence, we all need a hiding place to run to in order to escape his attacks. The Lord Jehovah is our strong tower and our fortress, the ever-present help in times of trouble. Those who run to Him are kept safe and protected from harm. A fortress is defined as a strongly fortified place that is especially designed to prevent enemies from entering and attacking. Therefore, when the Bible likens the Lord Jehovah to a fortress, it communicates a very powerful message to us as believers. It gives us an assurance that when we run to Him, we shall be safe because He will defend us against our enemies.
As Christians, we have been accepted into the governance of the Most High God. In this institution, we are well taken care of and protected from harm. Jesus left His comfortable position in heaven and became a prisoner on earth so that all those who were held captive by Satan can be set free from his torturous grip. The Lord has already gone through the torture of being ridiculed, humiliated and beaten up, so that you do not have to go through it in your life. He has guaranteed your safety, and He will never allow those who used to rule over you to destroy you. Earthly bodyguards are humans just like you and me. As such, they grow weary and may even sleep on duty. But, the Keeper of Israel, the One in whom you are hidden never sleeps nor slumbers (Psalm 121:4).
Now, when you have been redeemed like this, you need to be careful not to step outside of the place of safety. As the above cited scripture reveals that after an evil spirit has been cast out of a man it does not rest or give up easily. It will keep on coming back to check whether its original place is still occupied or not. If it comes back and finds the place empty and garnished, it goes and invites seven other demons more wicked than it is. Thus, the end of that person becomes worse than the beginning.
Child of God, be very careful! The devil is not happy that you have found a fortress, he wants you to leave your refuge so that he can devour you. He will not stop trying to get you out of the will of God so that he can destroy you. He knows that if you remain in Christ, he cannot touch you. Hence, he tries all his tactics and strategies to seduce you out of the will of God. He will send temptations, traps, afflictions and tests to try and lure you back to a sinful life so that you can be disqualified and lose your place in the fortress. Once you get out of the fortress, the devil will be waiting for you outside! Once he lays hold of you, he will drag you to hell with him!
Brethren, the Word of God urges you to guard your salvation, work it out with fear and trembling (Philippians 2: 12). Refuse anything that comes between you and your God. Hold on to your precious faith and the Lord will reward you. May the Lord multiply goodness in your life as you remain in the fortress. Receive the goodness of the Lord in the name of Jesus!