~ Matters of the Heart ~
Negative Strongholds can be broken through spiritual warfare.
What are the weapons of our warfare?
Psalm 105:1-3 “Oh, give thanks to the Lord! Call upon His name: make known His deeds among the peoples! Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him; talk about His wondrous works! Glory in His holy name; let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the Lord!”
- Give thanks to the Lord.
- Call upon His name.
- Make known His works to people.
- Sing to Him…use Psalms, prayers, hymns, songs, poems.
- Talk about His wondrous works (remind yourself when you saw Him move in your life).
- Glory in His holy name.
- Let your heart rejoice as you seek Him.
Natural Tendencies Against Strongholds
When I’m in the heat of a stronghold these are not the things I remember to do. I go to the flesh. Let me be open with you. If I’m going through something and I’m feeling rejection or hurt, I feel the pain very deeply, and then the battle begins: a thorn makes its way in and I become irritated. I can become so irritated by one thorn that another one comes to the surface. Now I can become stuck. I can’t think straight.
This is when the brainteaser sets in, as I have given Satan an open door to bring worry, hurt, anger, fear, anxiety, disappointment, and all sorts of wounds that were not there before. Either that, or I had previously covered them up until an event happened and I don’t use my weapons. I don’t run to the Lord and make Him my refuge, I don’t call upon Him or sing to Him. Rejoicing in Him seems so far away, now I’m in the wilderness and I’m thirsty and feel all alone.
We Are to Blame
This was done by myself, because I didn’t see the truth, and all I could see was darkness. The darkness blinded me. I can’t find comfort in the Lord because I’m not seeking Him. I’m trying to figure out how to stop hurting in my own natural ways and they don’t work. Pride sets in and I’m trying to do things all by myself and Satan can see that, because now I’m a hot mess. Stressed out, fearful, maybe even crying. Sometimes I’m very anxious. Maybe someone said something or did something and it felt like a knife pierced my heart.
They may or may not know they did it, yet I’m still called to use my spiritual weapons and not go into a pity mode, feeling like a victim. I can feel disappointment, and not know how to go to the person and share what I need to say, so it rolls around in my head like a hamster running in a wheel. Why don’t we just remember that we are all broken, all in need of a Savior? No one is perfect, we have not reached the fullness of His maturity for us. Instead, we strive on our own deaf, dumb, and blind state of minds.
Isaiah 30:1 says “’Woe to the rebellious (stubborn) children,’ says the Lord, ‘who take counsel, but not of Me, and who devise plans, but not of My Spirit. That they may add sin to sin;”
Jeremiah and Isaiah are both talking about when we seek answers from those who are not walking with the Lord, when we make plans but they are not from the Lord or His Spirit; it adds to the strongholds that are already there and we become heavily burdened.
The Armor of God Against Strongholds
Luke 11:21-23 “When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are in peace. But when a stronger then he comes upon him and overcomes him, he takes from him all his armor in which he trusted, and divides his spoils. He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters.”
When a Christian is fully armed with the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-20) he is strong, he can guard his/her house (is/her whole body) with the Word and the Spirit, then their good (meaning spirit, soul, and body) can be at peace. But when Satan comes on us forcefully, he comes against us through the weakened or unhealed areas of our emotions, memories, and spirit. The armor of God in which we trusted in is shaken and Satan sees the holes in our armor. He begins to harass and irritate us in those areas. God gives us strength and we can allow our strength in Him to be stolen from us by giving into the lie of the enemy.
A Tree Planted
Jeremiah 17:7-8 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit.”
When we trust and hope in the Lord, we can be like this tree that was planted by water, our roots in Him will spread to His springs of living water. It says we will not fear when heat comes, life is still growing in us. When drought comes, we don’t have to be anxious, because we will continue to bare good fruit. So it’s not that we won’t go through things, but we don’t have to allow the enemy to irritate our soul or our bodies by giving him access to our house: our mind, will, and emotions.
Every Thought Captive to Christ
2 Corinthians 10:4-5 says; “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,” We are called to destroy arguments and take captive every lofty opinion and obey Christ.
Ephesians 6:10-20 tells us what our spiritual weapons are that we use to battle against the enemy, not against our brothers or sisters in Christ, but against the enemy. We are called to speak the truth in love, be longsuffering and forgive, bring everything before the Lord with thanksgiving in prayer and supplications, making known our requests to God. Now the peace of God that exceeds all our understanding guards our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
How to Use Our Armor Against Strongholds
- Stand! When you have done all this.
- Bind your waist with truth (your inner spirit man).
- Breastplate of righteousness (Christ’s righteousness is in your armor.)
- Cover your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace (that which has already been accomplished through the death, burial and resurrection of Christ).
- Take your shield of faith which is to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. (Faith in God and His Word is what extinguishes all the arrows the enemy throws. We use faith and the word.)
- The helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (The promise of your salvation is a constant reminder of all God has given us. His Spirit is a double-edge sword that divides truth from lies.)
- Pray, always pray and with all supplications (pleads, requests) in the Spirit of truth (God’s word).
- Be watchful, persevere, pray, and make requests for all believers.
- Request that we may speak boldly and make the gospel known.
Replace the Lies (Strongholds) With Truth
Randy Hill is the Regional Facilitator for North Texas, Oklahoma of the International Bethel Sozo Organization (for training). He shares how we replace the lies (strongholds) we have believed with the truth of God. Recognize and write down the lies you have believed, then find the truth which is the opposite of the lie.
Ungodly Strongholds ⇒⇒⇒ Godly Strongholds
Pride/self-promotion ⇒⇒⇒ Humility
Self-hatred ⇒⇒⇒ Self-acceptance/love
Rejection ⇒⇒⇒ Acceptance
Lust/greed ⇒⇒⇒ Contentment
Hate ⇒⇒⇒ Love
Fear ⇒⇒⇒ Trust
Depression ⇒⇒⇒ Joy
Anxiety ⇒⇒⇒ Peace
Rudeness ⇒⇒⇒ Kindness
Bitterness ⇒⇒⇒ Compassion
Rage ⇒⇒⇒ Self-control
Rebellion ⇒⇒⇒ Submission
If you’re interested in knowing what a Sozo is, or you’d like to go through one, please email: email@example.com. Directors John and Dawn Roach, and Kim Robinson (Liaison for Joppa House), would be happy to help you in any way. We have seen many people find freedom from the Sozo Ministry and we’d love to see you find freedom from strongholds. Sozo means saved, healed, and delivered. It is used 110 times in the New Testament in all of these forms.
Another ministry Joppa House offers that deals with your inner self is Radical Transformation, which is a 4 week coaching process developed by Ravi Kandal of Kingdom Foundations. He was featured in the movie Father of Lights. Radical Transformation, or RT-4 coaching, restores your God-given destiny in understanding where you have lost or can’t see your purpose. Its unique approach is not driven to look at the “roots”, but rather searches for where one’s personality was influenced through hurt and disappointment. RT-4 works to restore connection to Jesus, allowing your personality to reflect Him. This connection and restoration shifts behaviors, emotions, memories, and spiritual authority, granting internal freedom and a lifestyle of overflow. Overflow creates world-changers who are no more directed by lack and self-preservation, but rather founded in abundance. An essential component for RT-4 coaches is operating in the prophetic.
Susan Bilic and I are beginning as RT-4 Radical Transformation coaches serving within Joppa House. It has been a great honor to work with a man of such caliber and giftings. If you are interested in going through a session you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would be happy to set your appointment and start your process to healing.