by John Greene
Strongholds 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“)
In 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