Throughout our lives, we reluctantly and unknowingly become acquainted with strongholds that affect our mindset and perspective. Strongholds prevent us from fulfilling the things promised to us. When brokenness, patterns, and consistent struggles become the foundation of your being, you are now operating from a place of deadness. You cannot function properly when your environment is reeled by chaos. You cannot see yourself as God sees you, when you remain plagued by victim mentality. You cannot hear the voice of God clearly in your life when you are constantly surrounded by commotion. There are so many areas of our lives that we are still allowing the enemy to use because of unhealed and unresolved trauma. Strongholds can be a dominating force, but God has dominion over it all.
Discarding the strongholds that still rule in your heart will require you to identify and uproot everything that is weighing you down. Are you so used to seeing your circumstances shown to you through a certain way time after time, that you cannot trust when something good comes along? Are you bogged down by abandonment that you find yourself overly attached to everyone you may come across? Are there generational patterns that you have experienced that caused you to remain complacent in certain situations? Do you see yourself as a constant victim of life around you? Identifying the unresolved issues that we all struggle with will help us to better understand the way God desires for us to be seen and known by Him.
Maybe God desires to use the discarding of your strongholds as a moment of revelation. There are new identities of God that He wants to show you. In your struggles, you have only seen Him as a way maker. This time, He wants to show up as a Mender of broken hearts. He not only wants to help you out of that stronghold, but God wants to heal what is broken in you. Maybe through your strongholds, you have only experienced the same pattern of healing by God. Perhaps this time, He wants you to know that He is the Peacemaker. He will bring peace to your aching moment. God can work miraculously through our darkest times. God wants to show Himself through your strongholds. When you are ready for God to move on your behalf and show you that there is more, you will experience the freedom of God like never before. You can experience Him as the Lifter of your head when you are ready to release your strongholds to Him. You can come to know Him as Light in the darkness, after you have gone through the moment of almost giving up. God can discard our strongholds. You can step out of that role as a victim and into a victor through Christ. Those chains that have had you bound, you can experience the God that is a chain breaker. Our trauma and strongholds can have no more authority over us when we come in to an understanding with God that we do not have to live by the shackles our brokenness. Start by identifying your struggles. You can continue to work with God on the healing and the discarding of your strongholds—He is bigger than your bondage.
“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” -2 Corinthians 3:17
“For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. -2 Corinthians 10:4
“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” -John 8:36