“Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing, were not the right man on our side, the man of God’s own choosing. Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is he;
Lord Sabaoth, his name, from age to age the same, and he must win the battle.” A Mighty Fortress is Our God, 2nd stanza
I’ve built a wall that the Lord needs to tear down. A wall I built to protect my heart. The Lord used a message on a recent radio program to convict me of what I have built. The wall I constructed was for my own protection, or so I thought. The Lord used this message to show me truth. Rather than building a wall to guard my heart, it has become a wall of pride and self-preservation. This structure has been controlling who and what comes within my wall. It needs to come down, but it is frightening to me.
By building this wall I have allowed myself to rule my world. I have attempted to keep control. I have taken a role that is not mine to have – a role only Jesus can fill. My wall went up brick by brick and now it’s time to have the courage to allow Him to take it down. It wasn’t built in a day and it isn’t going to come down any faster, but the process needs to begin.
Perhaps you’re finding yourself behind a wall of pride. Maybe you’re constructing one or needing to tear it down. Walls may be great for cities, but not for our hearts. Walls don’t belong if you desire intimacy with Jesus or others. Walls make you the king of your castle but they don’t allow Jesus to be King over your life.
You and I know that when Jesus is in His rightful place there is no need for walls of protection, control, or fear. He is our fortress and our guard. Today I challenge myself and you to let Him reign victorious and allow the Lord to free you from the walls you have built…. one brick at a time.
Kathy Withers is on staff at America’s Keswick and serves as Director of Partner Care. Kathy has been married to her husband Dave for 30 years. They have two adult children. Kathy is active in her local church and teaches a Bible study for women. Her passion is to encourage women to deepen their walk with Jesus Christ by finding and living out the truths of God’s Word.