10/11 What does the Creator Require us to let go?

When facing the issues in our own life, we need to hear God on a topic called ‘Stronghold’.  Everyone has a system of girl with dadpersonal strongholds.  Some of our strongholds are set before we are even born.

As we have said in past posts, the vast majority of Christians come into God’s kingdom with worldly mindsets, ingrained bad habits, deep set judgements, biases, undealt with hurts, old forgiveness issues and other assorted heart stuff.  These ‘fortified structures’ of false beliefs are what the Bible refers to as ‘strongholds’.

We inherited some of these strongholds through our foundations from Adam and Eve.  We acquired both God-given traits and after the Fall, their self-centred, independent Sin-nature.  We then added generations of ethnic, cultural, national and historical attitudes and thinking patterns.  Next, we developed more complex networks of attitudes through our family of origin (FOO) traditions, their values and expectations. Finally, we personally added more ‘bricks’ to our personal strongholds by our own faulty choices and behaviours.  What a mess!

Our generational inheritances are both Godly and ungodly.

If we have Godly parents or ancestors, the “blessings” will flow to the next generations as well as those who practice ungodly behaviours.

So we all come into the Kingdom with ‘baggage’.

We can develop both God approved strong-holds as well as cursed, ungodly demonic strongholds.  It’s good news that we also have an angelic network around us, aiming to protect and serve us believers.  Some people have seen their angels but we are not to seek them out, Hebrews 1:14, Matthew 18:10.

God’s way of dealing with the un-godly strongholds is described in 2 Corinthians 10:3-5:  “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does…….”  We begin a new journey of seeing things differently.  We face these ‘strongholds’ with His tools and methods.  It’s here we need to know the Truth, to chose to follow that Truth and live.  It becomes a whole new way of thinking and then, acting.

“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 

You may need to confront some of these strongholds as you allow the Holy Spirit to search your Heart.  By recognising them we can deal with the issues that block our personal growth.

We will continue to work through any issues that surface.  Remember at this point, all you are meant to be doing is recording what the Holy Spirit shows you.  In our next posts on hearing God, we will use our God-given tools to free ourselves from these strongholds.

Susanne Fengler, Blog Author

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