It’s going to be an intense week. The posts will be all about battling temptation, struggles, and strongholds. I receieved a challenging question from a reader that we’ll discuss on Wednesday, but first I just wanted to lay out a basic definition of strongholds from Beth Moore in her book Praying God’s Word.
A stronghold is anything that exalts istelf 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. Whether the stronghold is an addiction, unforgiveness toward a person who has hurt us, or despair over a loss, it is something that consumes so much of our emotional and mental energy that abundant life is strangled- our callings remain largely unfulfilled and our believing lives are virtually ineffective.
-Beth Moore, Praying God’s Word
Whether strongholds are part of your past or present, my prayer is that we can claim truth and fight lies so that these strongholds don’t control our future.