Perplexity comes from the outside and will enter the life of a potential host if the host is insecure, untrained, unprepared, or if the host is trying to appease or is fearful when it shouldn’t be.
We see this stronghold evident in the lives of those without definitive direction from God, attempting to be politically correct, and conforming to the world, instead of to God’s will for the world. If perplexity is allowed in it can grip its host and become a stronghold that opens the door.
Strongholds of confusion, frustration, fear, mediocrity, and many others will join it in it’s attempt to distract the host from its real agenda. That agenda is to cause sin, defeat, depression, sloppiness, discord, perpetual anxiety, and much more. The only way to overcome this stronghold is to recognize it and stand our ground.
If perplexity is joined by confusion, there is no direction. Nor are there any absolutes. Faith takes a back seat to hopelessness. Truth is non existent because a host of perplexity can never really hear from God. Nor can the host follow through on any directives. Perplexity can increase the likelihood of failure in every area of life.
What can be done to achieve success and victory and push out perplexity from our lives?
1. Evaluate why you have allowed, or are entertaining the possibility of allowing perplexity in. You might be surprised to learn that it is because of a negative emotion. Remember, insecurity, fear, confusion, conformity, mediocrity, low self-esteem–these are the strongholds that invite it.
Psalm 26:1 VINDICATE ME, O Lord, for I have walked in my integrity; I have [expectantly] trusted in, leaned on, and relied on the Lord without wavering and I shall not slide.
2. Determine what you believe and stay with it. If you keep fluctuating quickly without determining a truth and taking a stand, perplexity soon takes over.
Hebrews 10:23 So let us seize and hold fast and retain without wavering the hope we cherish and confess and our acknowledgement of it, for He Who promised is reliable (sure) and faithful to His word.
3. Take a stand. When you know the truth, don’t even entertain confusing thoughts that may perplex you, particularly when they cause fear.
Luke 21:25-26 And there will be signs in the sun and moon and stars; and upon the earth [there will be] distress (trouble and anguish) of nations in bewilderment and perplexity [without resources, left wanting, embarrassed, in doubt, not knowing which way to turn] at the roaring (the echo) of the tossing of the sea, MORE
Luke 21:28 Now when these things begin to occur, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption (deliverance) is drawing near.
4. Speak up. Perplexity can not even get a foothold if you speak the truth in righteousness.
Psalm 15:1-2 LORD, WHO shall dwell [temporarily] in Your tabernacle? Who shall dwell [permanently] on Your holy hill? 2He who walks and lives uprightly and blamelessly, who works rightness and justice and speaks and thinks the truth in his heart,
5. Stay close to the vine. Once again, this is a stronghold that tries to separate you from the vine. Jesus is the vine, we are the branches. Without separating, we have the strength that Christ gives us to back us up. Perplexity does not attach to us under these circumstances.
John 15:5-8 I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing. Anyone who separates from me is deadwood, gathered up and thrown on the bonfire. But if you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon. This is how my Father shows who he is—when you produce grapes, when you mature as my disciples.
Written by Christian author, Pola Muzyka.