STRONGHOLDS

strong•hold/ˈstrôNGˌhōld/

1. a place that has been fortified so as to protect it against attack

2. a place where a particular cause or belief is strongly defended or upheld

Strong holds never seem to be a ‘good’ thing. When I think stronghold, I think a habit that seems to be unbreakable. When I think stronghold, I think fear. When I think stronghold, I think depression. When I think stronghold, I think that place in my life that the enemy continues to attack. 

Is there an area of your life that you’re really struggling with? More than likely that area is what you think about when the word stronghold comes to mind. 

A stronghold is typically believed to be something strong that has a negative hold on your life. What if this idea was flipped? What if instead of pleading and begging for things to turn out a certain way we prayed prayers of praise and adoration? What if we shifted our focus from our problems to God’s promises? What if we started looking at those ‘strongholds’ and telling them how powerful our God is instead of letting them take over our life? 

Praying prayers of praise will do something miraculous in our lives. Those negative strongholds will begin to crumble. They might seem strong but they stand no chance against God. 

When we pray prayers of praise our mindset changes. We began to shift our focus from that problem, addiction, unforgiveness, depression, rejection, anxiety, whatever that stronghold might be to how GREAT our God is. Those strongholds that have consumed our minds and hearts for so long won’t seem so unshakeable. Hope filled strongholds of truth will start to form. When we pray these types of prayers strongholds will be built on our behalf. Listen people, our God is still in the healing business. He is still in the restoration business. He is still changing lives. He has not closed shop. If our God can create the universe, don’t you believe He can handle that problem area in your life? 

Jesus paid it all for YOU. You now have rights. Satan doesn’t have rights or authority over your life unless you give that to him. 

Use the weapons you’ve been granted and confront Hell boldly. [The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 2 Corinthians 10:4] You’ve got the word of God. [Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. Psalm 119:05] Declare scripture over that stronghold. The word of the Lord is alive. If you’re facing it, there is scripture that applies to that situation. You’ve got Jesus’ name. Declare victory in his precious name. You’ve got the blood of Jesus’. Apply it to all areas of your life. You’ve been washed clean – your past isn’t who you are anymore. You are a child of the most high King. You’ve been forgiven. You’ve been redeemed. You’ve been bought. 

I want to encourage you all to speak the answer not the problem. Start turning to the word of God – which is the answer in every situation. You are loved unconditionally. You are forgiven. Openly invite the Holy Spirit to reveal the things that are causing you to believe otherwise, or anything that doesn’t align with God’s word, and replace those things with truth. [The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble, and He knows those who take refuge in Him. Nahum 1:7] [The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life – whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1]

 

Heavenly father, I release it all to you. I declare strongholds be broken, and lives be rebuilt with your truths as the foundation. I expectantly ask you to raise up leaders that firmly believe your word is sovereign in all situations. Your ways are higher than our ways, Lord. Thank you for providing deliverance and for setting the captives free. Amen. 

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