Episode 49–Jesus Versus Strongholds

Jesus Versus Strongholds

We all know when it comes to a battle of Jesus versus our own personal strongholds, Jesus is going to win. Right? Well, it’s only right if we are putting our trust in Jesus instead of the stronghold we are hiding behind. 

From the beginning of time, when God created Adam and Eve, we were meant to be co-creators with Him. We had a high calling. Then Adam and Eve listened to evil rather than to God and they fell taking all of us with them. They believed the evil one’s lie. This opened the door to the formation of strongholds which are actually just lies we believe that have taken root in us. 

Lies come from mindsets. Mindsets affect us emotionally. Dr. Caroline Leaf says there are two categories of emotions — Faith and Fear.

Faith is all the good emotions — love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control, grace, mercy, hope.

Fear is all the negative emotions — anger, anxiety, worry, frustration, overwhelm, jealousy, bitterness, pride, manipulation. These hold us back from the good emotions which holds us back from fulfilling our destiny.

These negative emotions are like chains that bind us and tie us up, so we are ineffective. These turn into lies we believe such as even Jesus can’t help us. This then becomes a stronghold we hide behind. Then we use sugar and other substances or distractions to anesthetize our pain and try not to think about how Jesus can’t help us because we too far gone. 

This becomes a stronghold that keeps us captive unable to do what we were designed to do and put here on earth to do. 

To get rid of a stronghold, you must take a stand against it.

We are His hands and feet here on this earth, but we are allowing something as ridiculous as oatmeal cake, sugar cookies, brownies and whatever else strikes our fancy to overcome us.

We are not trusting in God. We are trusting in something else. That has become like a stronghold. It is a mindset that says I have to have this food or this substance to live. That means you are trusting in what you believe is a stronghold instead of trusting in God. 

So how do you put God back on the throne of your life?

  1. Submit completely to Him. Become honest and transparent before Him. Let Him into the secret places you think you’ve hidden from everyone including Him. Hand that secret stash of food to Him.
  2. Admit that you have made your stomach your god. 
  3. Own your issue. I am a sugar addict. I am a binger. I am an overeater.
  4. Act against your addiction. Throw out the sugar. Turn away from the treats at work. Take a stand and know you are living for more than sugar and flour. You have a king named Jesus and He is a jealous God.

We must take a stand against the stronghold we have set up in our lives. Satan would want nothing better to whisper in your ear that you are defeated.  But I’m telling you that you are only defeated if you want to be.

One destiny God has for all of us is Freedom. It is for freedom Christ has set us free, don’t be entangled again in the yoke of bondage as Galatians 5:1 tells us. Only Free people can move. Those who are bound must stay right where they are. Take a step towards freedom today. Allow God to work in your life to break the strongholds you have allowed to be set up in you.

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Teresa Shields Parker
Teresa Shields Parker is a Christian weight loss author, coach and speaker, who has lost more than 250 pounds. Her book, "Sweet Grace: How I Lost 250 Pounds and Stopped Trying to Earn God's Favor", is the number 1 Christian Weight Loss Memoir on Amazon. Her other books include: "Sweet Journey to Transformation: Practical Steps to Lose Weight and Live Healthy", "Sweet Freedom: Losing Weight and Keeping It Off With God's Help", "Sweet Change: True Stories of Transformation" and "Sweet Hunger: Developing an Appetite for God".

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