Like the comfort of a tattered old teddy bear, we cling to that last forbidden area of our heart. The last thing we want to give up is the thing that brings us the most solace. No matter the severity of the sin, there is still something about it that we know and understand..there is something we have grown to expect. We know the outcome, good or bad. And this last unconquered territory is our security blanket. Without it, we would feel cold, naked, alone, exposed..and heaven forbid we cling THAT hard to Jesus. What if he lets us down?
We see a tiny glimpse of this principle is 2 Samuel 5. It is buried, but a nugget worth uncovering.
6 David then led his men to Jerusalem to fight against the Jebusites, the original inhabitants of the land who were living there. The Jebusites taunted David, saying, “You’ll never get in here! Even the blind and lame could keep you out!” For the Jebusites thought they were safe.
7 But David captured the fortress of Zion, which is now called the City of David.
EnduringWord.com breaks it down this way:
The king and his men went to Jerusalem against the Jebusites: To this point Jerusalem was a small Canaanite city in the center of Israel. Some 400 years after God commanded Israel to take the whole land, this city was still in Canaanite hands.
You shall not come in here; but the blind and the lame will repel you: Because of its location, Jerusalem was an easily defended city. This made the Jebusites overconfident and quick to mock David and his troops.
Nevertheless David took the stronghold of Zion: Despite the difficulty, David and his men took the city. Whatever exactly their tactics, David and his men persisted through difficult circumstances to defeat an overconfident enemy.
On the same principle, King Jesus conquers old strongholds when he becomes king over our life. Territory that should have been given to Him long ago is now conquered. “I want to say to you in the name of the Lord Jesus that there is no habit that has gone so deep but that the power of the blood of Jesus can go deeper, and there is no entrenchment of sin that has gone so far but the power of the risen Lord, by His Holy Spirit, can go further.” (Redpath)