Something Has a Hold on Me! by Steve Wagers

Something Has a Hold on Me!
Steve Wagers
2 Corinthians 10:3-6
April 29. 2007

Sermon Outline
1. How Strongholds are Defined!
A) Specifically
B) Spiritually
2. How Strongholds are Determined!
A) An Internal Barrier
B) An Infernal Battle
3. How Strongholds are Destroyed!
A) Our Enemy must be Recognized
B) Our Equipment must be Utilized

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda describes his battle with bad habits:

I took a pack of cigarettes from my pocket, stared at it and said, "Who's stronger, you or me?" The answer was me. I stopped smoking. Then I took a vodka martini and said to it, "Who's stronger, you or me?" Again the answer was me. I quit drinking. Then I went on a diet. I looked at a big plate of linguine with clam sauce and said, "Who's stronger, you or me?" And a little clam looked up at me and answered, "I am." I can't beat linguine.

Years ago when the western U. S. was being settled, roads were often just wagon tracks. These rough trails posed serious problems for those who journeyed on them. On one of these winding paths was posted a sign which read: "Avoid this rut or you'll be in it for the next 25 miles!"

The same sign hangs over the hearts of many Christians who get in a rut, and either can't ever get out of it, or stay it in most of their lives. They encounter the same old fight, and the same old foes, on the same old field everyday of their lives.

Someone has well said, "You can take off the "H" and you still have "abit! You can take off the "Ha" and you still have "bit." And, you can take off the "Hab" and you still have "it."

I believe that Lloyd Cory was right when he said, "The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken!"

Edward Sanford Martin, in his work, 'My Name is Legion,' said it best:

"Within my earthly temple there's a crowd;
There's one of us that's humble, and one of us that's proud.
There's one that's broken-hearted for his sins,
There's one t ...


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