Blog 42 / Our High Calling

Dealing With Strongholds

The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid? (Ps 27:1 NIV)

All of us who follow Christ have great peace of mind knowing that God is the stronghold of our lives. However, there are strongholds of the flesh that can intrude into our lives and disturb our peace. By definition a stronghold is something that has a strong hold over us. It is a mindset contradictory to the will and character of God. Strongholds can squelch the life of the Spirit in us and hinder our prayers.

The battlefield for strongholds is the mind. It is easy for us to become obsessed about something and to think about it more than we think about God. A stronghold can be an irrational fear, a dominating habit or sin, an obsession, an unforgiving spirit, etc. If not dealt with they can use up our emotional energy and become all-consuming.

Strongholds can enter our lives by our allowing the enemy to get a toehold in our life through some sin. If we don’t nip this in the bud the toehold will become a foothold and if that is still not dealt with it will become a stronghold. We are insufficient on our own to free ourselves from the grip of strongholds and they don’t go away by ignoring them. We need to renounce them and use the spiritual weapons of prayer, praise and the faith God has given us to break their hold over us.

Some strongholds can have such a grip on us that we may need the prayers and counsel of mature believers to help us overcome them. We also need to be transformed by the renewing of our minds (see Romans 12:1). Praying Scripture and meditating on God’s Word on a regular basis help to transform our thoughts. These should become lifelong habits because being transformed into the likeness of Christ is a lifelong process.

There are also powerful strongholds in the spiritual realm that the Church needs to confront in order to advance the Kingdom of God. These strongholds fuel false religions and godless philosophies that try to exalt themselves above the knowledge of God. The enemy uses these to keep billions of people in spiritual darkness. Dealing with such strongholds, though, is a topic for another day.


Colin Stott
GRN Global Prayer Coordinator

read colin’s previous blogs:
when our prayers go unanswered – blog 41
key to unanswered prayer – blog 40
prayer and The bride – blog 39
The Battle is the Lord’s – blog 38
praying for workers – blog 37
finding time to pray – blog 36
when the church is under attack – blog 35
FEASTING and FASTING – blog 34
why ask for what we already have? – blog 32
is anyone praying for them? – blog 31
delays are part of answered prayer – blog 30
weapons of our warfare – blog 29
Keeping our spiritual fervor – blog 28
days of great harvest – blog 27
not i but christ – blog 26
what if – Blog 25
praying scripture – Blog 24
Prayer and obedience -Blog 23
the Prayer warrior – Blog 22
time alone with god – Blog 21
last resort – Blog 20
Prayer with rejoicing faith – Blog 19
travel the world through Prayer – Blog 18
lord, break me – Blog 17
ye have not because ye ask not – Blog 16
our Prayers reveal our heart – Blog 15
church of the living god – Blog 14
when we Pray for the lost – Blog 13
more than meets the eye – Blog 12
sugar cubes and  Prayer – Blog 11
it’s a wonderful life – Blog 10
the longings of god – Blog 9
praising god before he answers – Blog 8
no place like home – Blog 7
praying for god’s glory – Blog 6
are we known as formidable opponents – Blog 5
sugar cubes and Prayer – Blog 4
rejocing over god with singing – Blog 3
the indispensable Prayers of the church – Blog 2
the glorious end – Blog 1