Strongholds have historically been defined as things which have a negative grip on our lives such as alcohol or tobacco–things which have become an ingrained habit. However, they may also be recognized as areas of life where you believe you must maintain control. Controlling behavior is usually accompanied with a dismissive attachment style where you push God and others away by saying, “I’ve got this.” Sound familiar?

Deep inside you believe that you are responsible to manage the situation or person or attitude on your own, even though your best efforts continue to fail miserably. It is exhausting. You have either not heard or refuse to accept the promise of Isaiah 40:29. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.

We must own our weaknesses before we can receive His strength. We must trust that He can handle the situation, person or attitude. Trusting requires more than just the cliche  of “Laying it at the feet of Jesus.” Our underlying heart attitude must be one of submission–coming under the mission of God.

Strongholds keep us and those we try to control from experiencing God’s best for us. What a terrible loss.

Blessings in the Lamb,


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