There are many of you today who are feeling like there is a Grand Canyon between you and God right now, and you are so hungry for Him and yet you feel that you haven’t got the strength to press forward!
Yesterday I heard the LORD say that the reason that many are at this place is because they have a stronghold that is keeping them from going forward.
A stronghold is any mindset caused by demonic influence that has set up a place in a person’s thinking that is in opposition to the word and ways of God!
“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ,”2 Corinthians 10:3-5.
You see God never leaves us or forsakes us, but it is these strongholds that are keeping us from pressing into Him. Many times these strongholds are the mindsets we have about who we are in Christ so that we will stop being effective in the Kingdom.
They can be anything such as shame, guilt, bitterness etc…. that cause us to believe that God does not love us and THAT my friends, is the enemies whole purpose! These mindsets or strongholds keep us back from His presence and the very source of our help and strength. These strongholds will keep you from pressing into Him.
I was dealing with this the other day and felt that I could not break through to His presence. I was sitting in my driveway when God showed me what it was and where it came from.
I asked Him what I needed to do at that moment to get the breakthrough I needed and He said that I should lay hands on myself and cast that stronghold down myself.
The word cast, (καθαιρέω, kathaireō) in 2 Corinthians 10 has the meaning of a black widow spider attacking your mind and you grabbing a hold of it and slinging it to the ground!
We have the power over our thoughts and everything that has set itself up against the word of God in our life! Cast that thing down and then fill yourself up with what God says about you!! You will soon see the breakthrough that you need!
“For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them],” Philippians 4:8 (AMPC).
~ by Jo Ellen Stevens
Jo Ellen Stevens of TCIC Ministries is a Prophetic speaker, author, worshiper and intercessor. She has ministered with her husband for 23 years and was a worship leader at the Assembly of God for many years. She is an ordained minister (Restoration Ministries) and works with Restoration Ministries in their Ministry Rooms doing prophetic worship with her husband. She has taught many bible studies and have led many intercessory prayer groups.