The Anatomy of a Stronghold

StrongholdGetting to the root of the problem starts by recognizing where we are believing a lie in the first place. That’s why Jesus said “You will know the truth, and the “truth” will set you free. Generally speaking a lie can be about anything that contradicts the Word of God. But more specifically a lie results in strongholds in our lives because it keeps us from the truth of our true identity in Christ. Isaiah 5:13 states; Therefore my people have gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge. Hosea 4:6 states; My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. As you can see, we don’t have a sin problem as much as we have a knowledge of the truth problem.

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  1. Very interesting graphic, yet it left me feeling that it didn’t quite say it all. I know it never can, but then maybe there needs to be a parallel graphic for those strongholds that are about loves, about settings of the heart for the thrill of things.
    Jesus spoke of the heart as the source of sins, and if we ask what is the heart, we get dozens of answers. Years of pastoral counseling, seeing folks pour out their heart, brought me to see strongholds as heart settings, and some settings were set before we were fully cognitive, especially in those who did not have loving counsel as toddlers. Our heart is in a sense, the seat of our accumulated loves and hates, hopes and fears, joys and sorrows. Strongholds often do involve a lie in one of those areas, and sometimes a fear. Some involve physical pleasures for simple things. I find it much more complex, and find that pat answers and proof texts are often inadequate.

  2. Daniel – You are right on the mark. In my brief book :You Can Be Free” I point out that although our strongholds are connected by to a lie many of them had their beginnings in our formative years even before we were conscious of how they molded us. It usually takes years and many broken relationships before we see the tracks in the sand of our lives that reveals something is askew in our lives. It is the wrong thinking about an untruth or false reality that destroys God’s people.(Isa. 5:13; Hosea 4:6) Blessings to you – Jeff

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