If cowardice becomes a stronghold we are sure to fail. Not only will this stronghold harass and intimidate us throughout our lives and force us to make wrong choices, its main objective is to kill us. Make no mistake, cowardice leads to hell just as fast as any other sin. Yes, it is a sin.
Revelation 21:8 But cowardly, unfaithful, and detestable people, murderers, sexual sinners, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars will find themselves in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”
Can a cowardly person be arrogant and selfish as well as cowardly? Yes. Can a brave, godly person be cowardly? No. Cowardice stalks its prey behind the guise of fear and worry. It continues on its path to surround its host until the host no longer can make a move.
Cowardice points fingers and spews out accusations to protect its domain. It tries to justify its existence by calling attention elsewhere. It uses gossip, jealously, hate, lies, fear, intimidation, and other strongholds to reinforce its justification.
A host of cowardice never wins and eventually deteriorates and decays from the overwhelming sense of defeat it harbors in its emotions, thoughts, and subsequent actions. Such would have been the defeat of the Israelites if Joshua and Caleb didn’t trust God. See the sixth book of the bible–the book of Joshua.
What can be done to rid us of cowardice without allowing arrogance, anger or hate to fill its position?
1. Refrain from blaming others. It’s easy to point to flaws, but when we do, we point three fingers back to ourselves. Better to take full responsibility for our present actions and move forward toward success, than to blame others who have hurt us in the past to sanction failure.
Matthew 7:3 Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?
2. Trust and praise God always and allow his word, his wisdom, and his promises to take action in your life. Teach others what you have learned.
Joshua 23:10 One man of you puts to flight a thousand, since it is the Lord your God who fights for you, just as he promised you.
3. Receive Christ and the power and love he gives. If you have not yet received Christ, and you are sincerely sorry for your sins, pray this prayer:
2 Timothy 1:7 For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
4. Replace cowardice with courage, helplessness with hope, and doubt with faith.
Psalm 27:14 Wait and hope for and expect the Lord; be brave and of good courage and let your heart be stout and enduring. Yes, wait for and hope for and expect the Lord.
2 Corinthians 5:6 So then, we are always full of good and hopeful and confident courage; we know that while we are at home in the body, we are abroad from the home with the Lord [that is promised us].
5. Have faith in God. He will never leave you nor forsake you.
Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
Written by Christian author, Pola Muzyka.
As with this and the other stronghold smasher posts, we urge you to do more Bible research. This post is meant to raise your awareness to the strongholds that keep us captive and prevent us from receiving God’s blessings. If you recognize a persistent stronghold in your life, change the way you think and act in order to remove it. With God’s help you, too, can be free from Demonic Strongholds. ‘Mark 9:23 Jesus said to him, “As far as possibilities go, everything is possible for the person who believes.”’