Ezekiel 27

Day 1569

Tear Down the Fortress! (Part 2 of 2)

Ezekiel 27


Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Wednesday, July 3.


Are you trusting God to tear down the strongholds of sin in your life? After the destruction of Jerusalem, Nebuchadnezzar moved on to Tyre, sieging it for thirteen years, but he could not prevail against the island fortress. It wasn’t until 332 BC, when Alexander the Great built a causeway of stone and rubble from the decimated mainland out to the island fortress, that the prophecy was fulfilled, as foretold in Ezekiel 27:34-36:


Now that you are broken by the seas in the depths of the waters, your merchandise and all your company have fallen in the midst of you. All the inhabitants of the coastlands are appalled at you, and their kings are horribly afraid; they are troubled in countenance. The merchants among the peoples hiss at you; you have become terrified and you will cease to be forever.


The ancient city of Tyre was destroyed, never to rebuilt as an island fortress. In fact, it has become a peninsula, as land built up around Alexander’s causeway. Tyre never dominated the region again, and the stronghold’s influence diminished into the history books. From 2 Corinthians 10:4-6, we learn that this is what happens when our strongholds of sin are removed by the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit, “We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever your obedience is complete.” Never forget that it was for freedom that Christ set you free, so don’t return to slavery to sin (Galatians 5:1).


Seize the moment and live free of the fortresses of hurts, habits, and hangups from your past life. “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come” (2 Corinthians 5:17).


God bless you!


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