Strongholds may present in various ways. They are the place where a breach in the spirit has happened, and the enemy has set up shop in us. The work of our foe will manifest in many ways with varying degrees of strength. Typical examples may include things such as:
- weight – gain/obesity
- drug and alcohol dependency (and addictions of all kinds)
- fear/anxiety/panic attacks
- stomach/intestinal or bowel issues
- syndromes and disorders
The folly of believers is when we look at the manifestation as THE problem or issue. Worse yet, we attempt to deal with it as a flesh/carnal matter rather than one rooted in the spiritual. When we seek the world’s way of dealing with our issue(s), we may obtain a level of success but will never find the freedom that the Lord Jesus died to give us.
The tragedy is how we claim to be people of God, yet we live our lives as if there were no spirit realm at all. When we are unwilling to come before the Lord with a humble heart so that His word may penetrate and even pierce our hearts, we will not learn through His Word how to resolve the issues that may plague us. John 8:31-32. We are more willing to point our finger outward, to call blame on events in our lives, past trauma, people who have wronged us or failed us, then look inwardly at our hearts – before God and by doing so, we prevent the power and work of the cross in our lives.
In this tragic unbiblical way of handling our lives, we are like those who Paul warns about:
But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, HAVING A FORM OF GODLINESS BUT DENYING ITS POWER. And from such people turn away! For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women LOADED DOWN WITH SINS, LED AWAY BY VARIOUS LUSTS, ALWAYS LEARNING AND NEVER ABLE TO COME TO THE KNOWLEDGE OF TRUTH. 2 Tim 3:1-7.
We either believe that Jesus died to set us free from sin, self and Satan’s grip – or we don’t. If we do, we will live it and will not store up in ourselves the wrath of God that is to come for those who don’t believe. If we are not sober in regards to our faith, we will not overcome – as Jesus commands.