[Strongholds always lead us into isolation; we’ll come into hiding and if we’re not careful we’ll only have relationships with people who will be a shelter NOT for us to be healed, but for us to practice our stronghold.]
Strongholds – the word jumped out at me while looking through some exchanges today and really hit home with me as I pray for one that is wandering through the world of deceit.
“A stronghold is anything that exalts itself in our minds, “pretending” to be bigger or more powerful than our God. It steals much of our focus and causes us to feel overpowered. Controlled. Mastered.” Beth Moore
When we allow a stronghold to captivate us, to lure us in, it is as if we have been put into a fortress – with the Enemy standing guard. This fortress may be a fortitude of pride, lust, pleasure, greed, lack of faith. It could be “human reasoning” that what we’re doing is acceptable because of the subtle arguments offered by someone who is against what God has designed for your life.
We put up these walls or fortresses around our emotions, our beliefs, to protect us from further pain. Walls work two ways. Either to keep in or to keep out. The walls of a stronghold allow us to hide ourselves in whatever the Enemy has lured us into… those holes in our heart that give him a foothold, then become his stronghold on us.
And so, I continue to pray against the strongholds . . .
“Do not fear, for I am with you; I will bring your descendants from the east, and gather you from the west. I will say to the north: Give them up! and to the south: Do not hold them back! Bring My sons from far away, and My daughters from the ends of the earth – everyone called by My name and created for My glory. I have formed him; indeed I have made him.” Isaiah 43:5-7