Overcoming Strongholds

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No matter what we’ve done or what has been done to us, it’s our responsibility to choose the path of healing. Strongholds are faulty patterns of thinking.. faulty belief systems.. in other words, LIES. Strongholds are often formed in a place of wounding. We get hurt, a lie begins to form. The longer we believe the lie, the more fortified the stronghold becomes. Healing of wounds means the enemy no longer has a legal right to harass you. Sin, trauma etc are access points. Cut off the devils access point and confess God’s Truth! 

See, no one else can make us do anything. We operate either out of our soul or our spirit and they are constantly at war with one another. Our soul is our mind, will and emotions. We are to put its rule underneath our spirit. If we are unhealed, we have a greater tendency to operate from the soul. And, may I add, that’s been all of us at one time or another. We have triggers. Things that are said or done to us that trigger us back into the trauma or the lies we’ve believed. 

How do we know if we have unhealed areas? 

1. We experience emotions that are far beyond what the situation warrants. 

2. We have repetitive thoughts such as I’m not good enough or everyone is against me. 

3. We project blame onto others rather than acknowledge the situation and allow the Lord to hold us responsible for our own responses and actions

4. We internalize everything. It’s always my fault. 

So, what can we do??

1. Love the Word and continually confess the Truth in place of the lie. 

2. Pursue healing through inner healing/deliverance. 

3. Walk it out. Maintain the place of healing by refusing to fall back into faulty belief systems. Stand on the Truth of God’s Word.  

Healing looks like being unoffendable, being able to have the hard conversations in order to work it through, and taking full responsibility for our own actions without casting blame. 

We will know because the next time a similar situation arises, our response will be much different. We will respond rather than react and will have the ability to hold our peace without projecting or overly internalizing. It not only shows individual health but it brings the body into greater health! 

That’s the season we’re in, purifying the Bride for the greater glory.

Deidre Gaines resides in West Virginia with her husband and best friend, Richard. She has three grown children and one granddaughter.  Deidre is a Licensed Minister, Prophetic intercessor, blogger (Shamar), speaker and encourager with a heart to see the nature of Jesus put on display for the world to see.  She is passionate to see His love, unity, presence, power and authority transform hearts, cities, regions and the nations through bringing glory and honor to His name. Deidre desires to see the church walk in the fullness of His Kingdom come, His will be done, on earth as it is in heaven, Matthew 6:10. She enjoys spending time with her family, sports, crocheting and being outdoors. Especially taking rides in the side by side with her husband Richard.

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