by Nila K. Bartley
For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
~ 2 Corinthians 10: 3-5
Before readers even turn the page to the Introduction, this passage of scripture stands alone as if to beckon us, almost imploring us for further study and reflection. This passage of scripture makes all readers want to know how “to take every thought captive to make it obedient to Christ.”
Beth Moore in the Introduction explains what the book is all about: praying scripture to overcome strongholds. In fact, she likens prayer and God’s Word to sticks of dynamite. And what is more powerful than prayer and using God’s Word? Why putting the two together of course. Beth Moore further explains why and how these two powerful weapons God has given us overcome strongholds. She knows this works because these weapons have broken strongholds in her own life. I too, can attest to this very fact. There is no stronghold in our minds that God’s power cannot totally obliterate. Praise His Holy Name!
This devotional is set up as follows: a statement in bold print saying what the devotion is about that day. Then the praying of scripture. The statement in bold print is always designed to make readers think about the subject matter. For instance, January 1st the statement in bold print is this: The giant step in the walk of faith is the one we take when we decide God is no longer a part of our lives. He is our life. This is the end of the statement. This statement is hard hitting and packs a punch. It is designed to make all of us ponder and ask ourselves if God is really our all in all. Is the Lord our everything? And then comes the rest of the January 1st devotion, which is scripture. Nothing beats the eloquence of scripture. And what could be more powerful than the praying of scripture in faith? Nothing that I know of. At the end of the January 1st devotion, Beth Moore chooses this scripture: You are the Lord my God. I desire to love you, listen to your voice, and hold fast to You, for You, Lord, are my life.(Deut. 30:20). She has very aptly chosen each and every scripture. She usually has three or four scriptures with each subject matter. And all the scriptures chosen for each devotion meld well together.
During the course of reading this book, readers will feel enveloped by Beth Moore’s absolute veracity for people to fall more in love with Jesus. And enveloped in another way also. To help us face issues in our lives that may be stopping that close, intimate walk we should all have with our Savior. Some of these issues may have already turned into strongholds in our minds. This book encourages readers to believe that those strongholds will eventually be demolished by praying scripture. As I said earlier in this book review, there are no strongholds in our minds that God’s power cannot totally obliterate. In Revelation chapter 19, it says Jesus is the Word. In John chapter 1, the Bible says Jesus is the Word made flesh. Jesus is the Word. The Word Is Jesus. The Bible says that, not me. Believe. Simply believe. Believe in the goodness of God and His power to demolish strongholds. This book will help each and every one of us do exactly that. This book is worth the read.
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Nila K. Bartley lives in Ohio and is married to her forever love, Jason. She volunteers at her church and taught the Ladies’ Sunday School Class there for three years. Nila writes short stories and poems. The joy she derives from doing these things gives her life meaning and purpose. It is her expressed wish that people are blessed by her short stories and poems.