Come Out of Your Stronghold!

INHERITANCE is the common term for property or any possession that comes to an heir. It is something that is or may be inherited; property passing at the owner’s death to the heir or those entitled to succeed; legacy; portion; birthright; heritage.

Sometimes when we think of “inheritance”, we think of it negatively; such as the genetic characters transmitted from parent to offspring, taken collectively. We think of it as the “bad flaws” that we receive from those who have gone before us; not just the size of our nose but attitudes, beliefs, “secret sins” that follow down family lines from one generation to another such as abuse, pornography or alcoholism.

Sometimes we think that we have to stay; we have no choice to leave and go somewhere else. We think that we are who we are because of our heritage; words spoken over us, habits, bondages, past sins, views of ourselves.

But I want to tell you that just because you are where you are at today because of what you “inherited”, you don’t need to stay where you are at. In fact I would go as far as to say that as a child of God, you have an absolute right of possession of another land!

The Bible tells us “And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” (Galatians 3:29)

The Bible tells us “In Him (Jesus) also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will.” (Ephesians 1:11)

Because of Jesus Christ, we don’t need to stay in the strongholds in our lives! Because of Jesus Christ, we can “come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16).

1 Samuel 22:5a in the Bible, we can read about a time when King David found himself in a land he didn’t want to dwell in. God sent the prophet Gad to him to tell him to get out of there: “Now the prophet Gad said to David, “Do not stay in the stronghold; depart, and go to the land of Judah“.

Let me break that down for you in the Hebrew: (from “Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance“)

do not stay” [‘abide not’] =

A primitive root; properly to sit down (specifically as judge, in ambush, in quiet); by implication to dwell, to remain; causatively to settletomarry: – (make to) abide (-ing), continue, (cause to, make to) dwell (-ing), ease self, endure, establish, X fail, habitation, haunt, (make to) inhabit (-ant), make to keep [house], lurking, X marry (-ing), (bring again to) place, remain, return, seat, set (-tle), (down-) sit (-down, still, -ting down, -ting [place] -uate), take, tarry.

stronghold“=

From H4685; net, or (abstractly) capture; also a fastness: – castle, defense,  fort (-ress), (strong) hold, be huntednet, snare, strong place. H4685 = From H6679; net (for capturing animals or fishes); also (by interchange for H4679) a fastness or (besieging) tower: –bulwark, hold, munition, net, snare.

depart“=

Akin to H3212; a primitive root; to walk (in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively): – (all) along, apace, behave (self), come, (on) continually, be conversant, depart, + be eased, enter, exercise (self), + follow, forth, forward, get, go (about, abroad, along, away, forward, on, out, up and down), + greater, grow, be wont to haunt, lead, march, X more and more, move (self), needs, on, pass (away), be at the point, quite, run (along), + send, speedily, spread, still, surely, + tale-bearer, + travel (-ler), walk (abroad, on, to and fro, up and down, to places), wander, wax, [way-] faring man, X be weak, whirl.

Judah“= From H3034; celebratedJehudah (or Judah), the name of five Israelites; also of the tribe descended from the first, and of its territory: – Judah.

H3034 = A primitive root; used only as denominative from H3027; literally to use (that is, hold out) the hand; physically to throw (a stone, an arrow) at or away; especially to revere or worship (with extended hands); intensively to bemoan (by wringing the hands): – cast (out), (make) confess (-ion), praise, shoot, (give) thank (-ful, -s, -sgiving).

Here is my interpretation of 1 Samuel 22:5a = “Do not continue to remain in the castle of capture; caught in the net; married to and making your home in your snares; RUN! SPEEDILY! To the place of worship, celebration, and thanksgiving”

Because of Jesus Christ, we don’t need to stay in the strongholds in our lives!

“Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” (Hebrews 10:19-23)

Because of Jesus Christ, we can throw off the things that drag us down and run to another place!

“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:1-2)

1 Peter 1:3-5 says:  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

All Scriptures from New King James Version
© 1984 Thomas Nelson