Our heart is our belief center. What we put into our heart is the catalyst of our thoughts. Every action is first a thought. Yesterday as I was formatting my book I came to the part of the braid.
“God’s word splits between our soul and spirit. Our soul is our mind, will, and emotions. Our mind leads off with a thought, and our will and emotions follow. I want to go back to the illustration of a braid. The braid has three strands. You start with one strand, and the other two strands follow. The braid is very strongly integrated. You cannot distinguish the first strand from the others.
In order for the stronghold to be demolished, the leader-mind has to be renewed with truth. It is the truth we bring into our daily lives, and live out through our thoughts and actions that sets us free.”
The strongholds are fallow ground full of weed seeds. Those seeds propagate without any action on our part. 2 Corinthians 10:4 says that it is God’s word that has the power to demolish strongholds.
What is a stronghold? It is a mindset, a stubborn habit that controls our actions, and it is a place where the enemy has gained ground in our lives. Therefore the battle is within instead of without.
A stronghold is a hardened place that resists the water of the word. It is stony ground where spiritual roots cannot thrive. The antidote is to confess the stronghold as sin. We need to acknowledge that it is our will against God’s will. It is an area of resistance that can only be conquered through humility.
David understood this when he wrote Psalm 51. He first acknowledged that his sin was against God alone (verse 4). Verse 17 says, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart–these, O God, You will not despise.”
The Amplified says, “…(broken down with sorrow for sin and humbly and thoroughly penitent)…”
One with a moldable heart lives in the fear (reverence) of the Lord, with a singular focus on Him. They are quick to confess sin, not sweep things under the rug, or bury unresolved issues. They worship in spirit and truth, and receive-embrace all that the Lord has purposed for them.