What is a stronghold?
It is defined in some dictionaries as a place dominated by a certain characteristic.
As a Christian we define it as something we feel the need to break off of our lives. Something that has taken hold of our minds, our habits or our character. A lot of my friends and family seem to be facing this right now. Patterns that are hard to break, mind sets that will not change, and habits or addictions that seem utterly impossible! Some of these strongholds have torn apart families.
What can we do? How can we fight?
The answer is described best in 2 Corithians 10:3-5 "For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds."
We benefit from resisting things that are not of God- thoughts and actions that go against his word and spirit. To do this we must know the word of God, what his knowledge is, who HE is.
Ephesians 6:13-18 tells us to "take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all to stand firm. Stand therefore having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness and as shoes for your feet having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish the flaming darts of the enemy. Put on the helmet of Salvation, and the sword of the spirit which is the word of God. "
Hopefully, you are a believer in Christ. Believer's can walk in their faith, shielding themselves from the evil that exists daily. The bible doesnt say life will be easy but we certainly have the tools to make it through situations and struggles.
Strongholds can be broken!
Put on truth.
Clothe yourself in rightousness- do what is morally right.
Walk in peace.
Shield yourself with Christ.
Helmet yourself in Salvation, give you heart to Jesus Christ- FULLY.
Study, learn and remember the word of God.
Remember above all else- Nothing is impossible and you are never, ever alone.