3 Characteristics and Strategies for Overcoming Strongholds
We’ve been talking about strongholds and God’s plan for victory in your life. I’ve been getting a lot of positive feedback from people on this subject. You can read Part 1 of this series here.
Here are a few points to consider as we dig deeper into this fascinating subject:
- How does the enemy gain access to your thoughts? What does the word devil mean? It comes from the Latin root diabolos, which means to thrust through, like a rock. It’s like the enemy is doing a David and Goliath on you. He’s hitting and hammering you with thought patterns, circumstances, and emotions that create a framework of bondage and confusion within your brain and heart. The devil intends to break through the barrier of your will, your mind, and your emotions in order to penetrate your personality. These bents and inclinations toward fear, mistrust, abandonment, depression, and even suicide can be generational. Some of your battles didn’t start with you. We will explore this subject more in the next blog post.
- What can you do to combat this attack? Take every thought captive at the point of a spear (2 Corinthians 10:5). Interrogate your thought life to see whether it lines up with what the Spirit of God says. How do you know if a thought is coming from God or the devil? How do you know if it’s a stronghold? If it’s not peace, if it’s not energizing, if it’s not love—it’s not from the Lord.
- Are you making God your stronghold? David said he wanted to make the Lord his stronghold and his high tower (Psalm 61:3). You see, a stronghold can work both ways. To build a godly stronghold you must tear down what you have built that militates against God’s Word. This is the warfare involved with renewing the mind—but it pays off in a new mind garrisoned with God’s way of thinking. Getting clear on who He is for you is one of the most important steps to freedom. I want to encourage you to begin the process of renewing your mind, by recognizing that in many cases, the méthodos or the roadway that the enemy planted in your life came before you knew what he was up to.
Test and discern your life according to the Holy Spirit to begin to shut down those ramps and build up new highways that lead to victory, anointing, and deliverance.
Question: What negative patterns is God revealing to you as you read this post? What are some strategies you can employ to renew your mind daily? Comment below to share about it!