2 Corinthians 10:4 (NLT) We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments.

Mr. Eze’s children often thought of him as very strict, not fully comprehending the reasons behind his stern rules. In their village, Mr. Eze had numerous envious enemies who were willing to harm him by any means necessary. These adversaries had control over the village’s trade. Mr. Eze was well aware that they would attempt to harm his children, possibly even by poisoning them. So, he gave his children strict instructions never to consume anything from outside their home. On one occasion, his daughters went against his orders and purchased water on their way home from school. When Mr. Eze discovered this disobedience, he disciplined them severely. He did this to ensure all his children grasped the importance of his instructions.

Then came a day when his eldest son missed the school bus and, hungry because he hadn’t eaten breakfast, decided to buy food from a nearby cafeteria. The cafeteria owner convinced him to buy the food at a discounted price. Disobeying his father and eating the food, he thought, “Daddy will understand.” Two hours after returning home, he tragically lost his life due to the poisoned meal he had consumed.

“God understands” is a phrase often used by many Christians when they contemplate breaking His commandments. What they might not realize is that God’s commandments are given to safeguard our spirits from the corruption that exists in the world. This corruption is the result of the deadly effects of sin.

As you move through today, remember that every commandment the Lord gives is for your own benefit. Challenge any strongholds in your heart that whisper, “God will understand.” Understand that it’s your spiritual well-being that’s at risk when you disobey God’s will.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, please help me in breaking down any strongholds in my life. Amen.
— Abraham Damilola Arigi

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