Everyone has something, something they want to separate themselves from. Maybe it’s something you’ve done, maybe it’s something that happened to you. It may be something you struggle with every day.
These are called strongholds.
What is a stronghold? The dictionary defines a stronghold as the following:
“A fortified place or a fortress.”
This may be an area of your life that you are protecting from God. You have made it a fortress of pain and sorrow.
Some people think that a stronghold only affects the person who is struggling with it, but this is not the case.
If an adult is raised in an abusive environment it will absolutely spill over into their personal life. An adult who was abused will be more inclined toward abusive relationships, and may not be able to remove themselves from chaotic situations.
The way we parent is definitely impacted by the way we were parented.
Have you ever looked in the mirror and saw your mother? I have.
Someone once told me that a child is like a blank slate, and a parent is writing the story of who they will become.
Thankfully, there is freedom from all of the chains that bind us and keep us from Christ. The Lord is that freedom, He can break through the chains and bondage of abuse. When you look in the mirror and don’t like who you see turn to Jesus. Only Christ can transform us from the inside out, it is not something that we can do on our own.
“3 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (2nd Corinthians 10:3-5)
If there is a stronghold in your life, a spiritual battle for your soul or your family only Jesus can win the war. Put on His holy power. You are an over-comer! You do not have to allow the shortcomings of your own parents to control your parenting or the life of your children.