According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary it is a fortified place. Ex.: a fortress, fort, wall, a prison. It is hard to get through it or in it or out of it.
It is a place of security or survival.
It is a place dominated by a particular group or marked by a particular characteristic.
A stronghold can be an emotional issue not a physical issue. An attitude or emotion that stays with you and dominates your thoughts. Such as anger, depression, discouragement, frustration, fear, selfishness, envy, etc.
How do we overcome an emotional stronghold? God has promised in His Word (James 3:13-18) that if we read it He will give us wisdom from above. When you know what He says everything else will make sense, because you are looking through a lense of truth. His Word is like nourishment for our hearts and minds. When you know and understand who you are in Christ then you don't have to worry or believe false information.
- John 10:10 tells us He gives us full life!
- 2 Corinthians 11:23-31 says we can boast in our weaknesses!
- Matthew 6:34 reminds us that we don't have to worry!
- John 16:33 says have peace and be courageous!
- John 17:20-26 says that JESUS PRAYED FOR YOU!!!
- Psalm 18:2 The Lord is my STRONGHOLD!!!
If you are suffering from depression you can meditate/focus on Psalm 42:5 and Isaiah 26:3. Your hope is in God alone. Accept the truth. He is Savior. Trust Him!
Maybe your struggle is anger. Read Matthew 5:21-22 and Proverbs 22:24. Guard your heart. Love others. Reconcile with a brother or sister. Choose companions and friends wisely.
Is jealousy the thing that keeps holding you down? Ecclesiastes 4:4 and James 3:18 will remind you to seek wisdom from God. Appreciate the joys of life. Promote unity of believers.
So, we you can choose your stronghold. Is it God Who is the ultimate security? If not, then take time to pray and ask Him to help you trust Him more. Ask Him to show you how to love others the way He loves you. He longs to hear from you, and He wants to spend time with you. What are you waiting for?
When we search God's Word to combat lies from the enemy it is a glorious pursuit! Choose an attitude of joy every day and watch God use you in a mighty way for His glory!
Blessings to you!!!
Living for Him,