Dissolving Strongholds: Where Sin Has been Allowed to Identify Who You Are

Some of us have endured hard and difficult lives at the hands of others.  Many have indeed been dealt a cruel hand not of their own yet it is they that have been left with great burdens by them.  So much so it cannot be distinguish where the burden begins or ends for it is so tightly wrapped around this soul with its tentacles and why it is mistaken as part of who they are.  Isn’t that the way of the devil, how he has us believe that the burden that Jesus has paid for with His blood -we believe is part of us and not the sin He has forgiven?  All kinds of burdens we carry like this that only the Lord can reveal its lie we have believed.

So when we come to the cross, we do not look at the burden that we identify as part of who we are, as something that needs His forgiveness.  So we carry it like an obligation and we make concession for it wherever we go.  We go as far as to seek counselling in learning how to manage and sort out this burden while God says we must crucify it. Since we see the burden life has dealt us as something to live with, and not something that is the product of SIN handed to us, we begin to incur its wages into our mind, body and souls.  Romans 6:22-23.  The lie that this sin has told us continues to lie to us even as believers in Christ – because it, the sin, is very much alive in us. We are trapped because we fail to see the work and power of the cross!  We fail because we see the sin that has taken root in us – as part of us and our personality or who we are and not something that must be crucified.  

The counsel of men explore the carnal man in his soul.  The counsel of God explores us with His light that shines in the darkness exposing what does not belong in us any longer.  He reveals where the cutting away must take place – in the areas that have been with us, some all our lives.  It, the sin we keep is comfortable to us for its familiarity and why we do not see it for what it truly is and had done.  These places are where we are bound, and so Jesus cuts the binding off as we confess to Him the place it has had in us.  The place of binding has stunted us, much like when Asian women would bind their feet to prevent them from growing.  We are left sickly but the Lord comes to minister in the places where we have been bound, through His Word so we may be no longer be conformed to the sin it was, but instead are  transformed by the Living Word into His new Creations sown in Christ.

He heals the brokenhearted
And binds up their wounds. Ps 147:3

Our error is when we seek counsel to try to understand and accommodate our past lives and trauma, and worst yet, to not see we have need of Jesus by it.  The blood of Jesus does not counsel but washes  away forever our sin so it no longer has power, place and influence in our lives.  The counsel God gives is for us to renew our minds – through the Word of God.  The anecdote to trauma and wounds is the Word of God. Only the Light can heal us of puss infected wounds.  Only His presence can see where we are bound and only His Hand can care for us as He cuts away what we thought for so long was just part of who we are.  As we yield to Him and invite Him into our memory of the past in all its wounds and brainwashing this has done to us, we must trust in His wisdom and be willing to go and do all that He instructs us.  He is the skilled surgeon and we are His patient but also His assistant as we listen to His Word and apply it to the places in our broken hearts.   

His word is so exact and precise that it can discern what is soul or spirit, we can’t.  It is the light of the Word that will reveal to us things we have believed are part of us that are not and need to go.  He has given to us all the tools we need to be free of all that has snared us, or has been imbedded in our minds as truth.  The Lord only waits for us to join Him so we may be transformed from all these into His image and likeness. 

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.  And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. Heb 4:11-13

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