Strongholds in the spirit realm are the places that give the enemy legal ground in our lives. They allow him to have a strong hold. We must defeat the enemy of our souls in order to possess our healing and restoration. In this post and the next, we will discuss some of the legal ground the enemy may have in our life.
Take a moment and read Matthew 18:21-35. It concludes with the fact that our heavenly Father will turn us over to the tormentors if we do not forgive people from our hearts.
Not just from our head, not just from obedience, but from our heart. As I said earlier, we may start forgiving out of obedience but then we must allow God to work it into our hearts. To receive His forgiveness, we must in turn forgive others.
That is a whole lot easier said than done, especially if you have been a victim of rape, incest, sexual abuse, molestation, or sexual satanic ritual abuse. However, I have yet to see someone healed and set free who had not been able to forgive. You can not do it in your own strength; it will take the grace of God. You have to understand that forgiveness does not make what the person did to you okay. It does not deny the hurt and pain.
In actuality, true forgiveness can only come through true damage assessment.
Forgiveness often comes in layers. Sometimes we think we are at the bottom layer when all of a sudden the Lord reveals some more. We can’t trust our own hearts. The Bible says that our hearts are deceitful. We have to trust the examination of the Lord. It’s not hard; all you have to do is ask the Lord to show you any areas of unforgiveness.
He’s just waiting for the opportunity. He will begin to bring people and situations to your mind. All you have to do is get in touch with what happened and the subsequent damage and then make a choice to forgive them.
Through forgiveness, we are basically saying, “Lord, I release You to be the judge in this situation. I am taking it out of my hands and putting it in Yours.” Sometimes, but not always the Lord may even require us to write a letter or forgive in person if they are still living. He always knows what is best.
Forgiveness is the doorway to healing.
It is not healing. It is just the open door we need to be able to get in the Lord’s presence so He can heal us.
Sometimes we just swing the door of forgiveness, “I forgive my uncle. I forgive my uncle. I forgive my uncle.” We swing the door over and over again but we don’t take the time to appropriate God’s healing presence. We need both.
Unforgiveness creates a stronghold for the enemy and must be torn down if we want to see God heal and restore our sexuality.
Credits – Amanda Buys