In 1863 the Emancipation Proclamation was proclaimed in America. Yet most slaves continued to live out their years without knowing anything about it. They had chosen to remain slaves, though they were legally free. Even though emancipated, they kept serving the same master throughout their lives. Yet, so it is with many Christian believers today. They had been set free, yet they had chosen to remain slaves to the same strongholds that had gripped them all of their life.

The fact of the matter is that every one of us, whether big or small must combat the hold that can have upon our life. The Apostle Paul speaks of strongholds in the life of the believer. He uses quite a graphic word to describe that which harms us, hurts us, hinders us, harbors us, and holds us. He does that by referring to these matters as “strongholds.”

Definition of Strongholds: “Patterns in your life that are deeply entrenched and habitually perform them that you don’t even recognize how they are hurting our spiritual as well as naturally lives. You don’t even recognize that you have the power to do anything differently.” Therefore, a stronghold is any place in our life that seems to be an area of contention. It is any thing that poses a threat to our spiritual or natural progress. It is any person, place, predicament, or problem that hinders us, harbors us, hinders us, or holds us in its clutches, and impedes us from our full potential.

Are there situations you experience as an individual where “strongholds” is entrenched in your life. Long-standing “strongholds,” and you are resisting all attempts to overthrow them, and are they persisting in holding you in bondage, darkness and despair? We must not be like the slaves in 1863 who were set free but continue to live in bondage. We must find the courage and strength to walk in the freedom which has been given us. Whatever your stronghold may be I am telling you that you can break the chains of bondage, and live a better and more productive life. You do not have to stay chained to cultures, ethicity, religion, family, community or country if these things oppress you and take away your freedom.

Through Christ we are assured God delivers, rescues, frees, and releases Believers from all kinds of chains: be they physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual. I pray you find this verse here to help you understand the freedom God offers you.

“For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1

Heavenly Father, I thank you for a new day and a new dawn, I am grateful for your mercies, grace and benefits that have kept me. As I pray the prayer of faith, I pray that I continue to understand that I am free thmyrough Christ Jesus and do not have to live a life of bondage. When I waiver Father, I ask that you intercede and strengthen me. In the times that I am overcome with doubt, I pray that you touch my mind and remind me that I do have the mind of Christ. When those come into my life to destroy my destiny, Lord rescue and deliver me from their stronghold over my life. I am free today and forevermore, and I am blessed for Christ has set me free. I must stand firm and not allow the yoke of slavery to overtake me ever again for I do know the truth, and have been set free. Thank you Lord for I am no longer the tail, but the head. I shall not walk in fear, but will look to you who I have set my hope knowing that you will continue to deliver me. At times I may have been persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed for you have held me up. Thank you Lord, Glory, Hallelujah! Amen and Amen.


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