The Basics of Strongholds & Idolatry

by John Greene

strongholdStrongholds are real. They affect everything you do and say. They affect those around you. Strongholds that are not of the Heavenly Father’s [YHWH, Elohim] Kingdom are grounded in the dark kingdom of Satan and his agents. A stronghold is a mindset or mental filter that dictates or influences personal behavior, perception and thinking processes. Demonic strongholds (which are likely to be any stronghold of the world apart from YHWH) seek to intimidate and control. These strongholds filter how you react to the world around you through circumstances and the behaviors of others. (“Mind Filters“; “Mind Control of the Beast“; “Spiritual Fruit & Renewing Your Mind“; “Strongholds & the Armor of YHWH“; “The Armor of Elohim“)

Every stronghold of the world is separated from YHWH and involves setting up and reverencing some kind of idol. An idol is anything that becomes a god or controlling force in your life, an object of primary focus. Until you turn from idols to your El [‘God’], your Heavenly Father through Yahshua [Jesus] and the Holy [Sanctified, Set Apart] Spirit, you will never find the freedom that you seek, either in your mind or heart. You remain a prisoner in bondage to a world that is passing away. (2 Corinthians 3:17) As long as your mind exercises a particular stronghold that is apart from Elohim, you will remain in bondage to it. To begin to break a stronghold of the world requires prayer, seeking the knowledge of scripture and your cooperation with the Holy Spirit. (“The Idolatry Factor“; “Video: What is Idolatry?“; “A Yoke of Slavery or Freedom“; “Discernment 101: Learning to be Discerning“)

breakingstrongholds7-300x300In this way, the Truth of Elohim’s Kingdom overcomes the dominion of Satan and his agents. YHWH is not small or powerless, unless you make Him this way in your life. He has promised you free will until His Kingdom is brought into fruition. Your perception of Elohim is important. When you make Him small and powerless in your life, you are creating a self-image of Him, which is not Him at all. You must not fashion an image of YHWH after yourself or you have already created a stronghold of the world. (Romans 12:1-2; Isaiah 43:15-16; Psalm 145:13; Nehemiah 9:6; 1 Chronicles 29:11; Deuteronomy 30:20; “Freedom in Messiah Despite the World“; “Freedom in an Enslaved World“; “Breaking Strongholds of False Authority“; “Leadership & the Universal Authority of Messiah“)

Instead, remember that nothing is impossible with YHWH. He is not part of your life, nor is He your ‘co-pilot.’ He is everything to you, He is ‘all that!’ He IS your life!

“‘For I know the plans I am planning for you,’ declares YHWH, ‘plans of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and an expectancy.'” – Jeremiah 29:11, ISR98

“For YHWH so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
John 3:16, RNKJV
Heavenly Father,
Thank you for sending the Messiah, your only begotten Son to be my Savior. I believe in Him and have made this belief the center of my life. Because of this, by faith I have everlasting life! Thank you! I repent of my sins and of my past, freely admitting that I have fallen short of Your glory. I look fully forward to you in my life and commit my life to You. Thank You YHWH, my Heavenly Father for setting me free in the name of your Son Yahshua [Jesus]. Amen.
genuine-articleYou will never enjoy true freedom through the Messiah and power of the Holy Spirit unless you read and absorb the Bible in prayer and trust. You will never know this freedom until you experience it for yourself. Get to know your Heavenly Father, His Son and allow the Holy Spirit to work in your life. The Holy Spirit is your teacher, your Holy Counselor that lives in you to help you learn about the truth of YHWH and His spiritual gifts.
Satan does not want you to have the excellence of YHWH in your life. People pray for protection and want to be taken care of, but often do little in growing close to Him. The world, your husband, your wife, your family, your government do not build your trust in YHWH or free you from spiritual bondage. Your church or your pastor cannot save you. Education, power and money will not free you, but only the Word of your Heavenly Father. Salvation is a daily walk, an act of love for yourself and for those around you, not a one-time event that centers only on you. Make the Word of YHWH your own, your very life!
YHWH is Yahweh, the covenant name of your Heavenly Father.
The names Yahshua and Yahushua are original language names for Jesus,
He is often referred simply as the Messiah or Master.
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