Then the king and his men advanced to Jerusalem against the Jebusites who lived in the land. The Jebusites said to David, “You cannot invade this place! Even the blind and the lame will turn you back, saying, ‘David cannot invade this place!’” — 2 Sam 5:6 NET
The Jebusites still held a stronghold in the heart of the country, never having been dislodged. There are ‘Jebusites’ in every Christian community, and also in every Christian heart. For example, there is worldliness, which has its Jebusites everywhere.
In the midst of a community containing its beautiful Christian homes, sanctuaries, and refinements, one finds a licensed drinking-saloon. It is so entrenched there, too, that it seems impossible to dislodge it. There are many other such citadels of evil, which rear their proud towers and defy conquest.
In every heart, there are little ‘Jebusite strongholds’, which it seems impossible for us to conquer. Sometimes it is a secret sin which lives on, unconquered, amid the general holiness of a life. Sometimes it is a remnant of the old nature–such as pride, worldliness, selfishness, lust, or bitterness.
“We all have our faults!” we say, and under this ‘cloak‘–we manage to tuck away a large number of dear idols that we do not want to give up!
We ought to give attention to these unsubdued parts of our life–that every thought, feeling, and temper may be brought into subjection to Christ. It is perilous to leave even one such unconquered stronghold in our heart. “We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ!” 2 Corinthians 10:5
Daily Comfort - February 16
Public domain content taken from Devotional Writings by J.R. Miller.