We previously talked about Strongholds in general, but getting to the strongholds in our mind:
2 Corinthians 10:4-5 “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.”
In Romans 12:2 we are told that we are to be transformed by the renewing of our mind and in Ephesians 4:23, we are instructed to put on the new man through the renewing of the spirit of our mind.
Ephesians 4:23 (KJV) And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
It’s our job to identify them with the help of the Holy Spirit and root them out and then plant new Godly beliefs. In Jeremiah 1:10, we see that the prophetic anointing roots out, tears down and then builds, plants and establishes.
Jeremiah 1:10 See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.
We develop ungodly beliefs through the experiences of life. Stuff happens. As a child if ungodly stuff happens to us and around us, we will develop ungodly beliefs about ourselves, about life, about how to handle problems, about sex, about men or women, even about God, etc.
These lies create expectations and feelings that will lead us to behave in certain ways. That behaviour usually recreates a cycle until we are fully convinced that the lies we believe are the truth. They also create agreements and covenants with the enemy which is an open door to demonic oppression.
Let’s look at an example.
Let’s say a little girl only got sexual attention from her father. That plants a seed of belief within her – Sex is what men really want. Now she is a teenager and it seems every boy she dates ends up pressuring her for sex. If she really likes them, she gives in, but is left feeling resentful. She is beginning to think “All men really want from a woman is sex.”
Now she gets married, it seems like the only times her husband gives her attention or affection is when he wants sex. Now she is surely convinced, “Men are pigs and all they want is sex.”
She has a bitter root expectation that has probably defiled her husband. Even when he genuinely wants to just show he loves her, he can’t seem to stop himself and ends up making a sexual advance. She also has the ungodly belief, “The only thing I’m good for is sex.”
In order to be set free, this ungodly belief will have to be rooted up and be replaced with a new godly belief. In the Assignment Section of this phase, there are steps of ministry with an example of how to minister to this area.
The key is to first get to the core of the ungodly beliefs, which comes from examining our experiences. After working through the ministry steps, a new Godly belief must be established. In the above example, it might sound something like this, “Godly men appreciate women and everything about them because they are His creation.”
The last ungodly belief would be replaced with something like this, “I am an intelligent, gifted, creative woman of God who has a lot to offer to the Lord and others. Once the new Godly belief is formed, then it is important to meditate on it until it soaks into the spirit, mind and emotions.
Our new Godly beliefs should always align with the truth of scripture. I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to establish new Godly beliefs. They create new expectations that not only change our behaviour but the behaviour of others as well.
Hebrews 12:15 tells us that we should not let a bitter root spring up within us because it will defile many. When we have bitter root expectations, it can defile the people around us.
Hebrews 12:15 See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.
Let’s face it, strongholds give place to the enemy. After you have worked through the different strongholds and you have gone through the ministry process, you will need deliverance. At that time, come back to the deliverance portion of this post. Make sure you appropriate some healing before attempting deliverance.
Credits – Amanda Buys