Proverbs 23:7 says, “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he…” How do our thoughts create who we become? All thoughts are a choice. No one ever makes us think a certain way.
All humankind is made in the image of God. Genesis 1:26 says, “Then God said, Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…” Acts 17:28 says, “For in Him we live and move and have our being…”
Adam and Eve had a wonderful relationship with their Creator. Then they sinned and physically hid from Him. In Genesis 2:17 God had warned Adam. He was told that he could eat of every tree except one. “…for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
He was speaking of being separated from fellowship with the Lord. The same can happen to us. 1 John 1:5-7 was John’s record of what Jesus had said. Verse 5 says, “…God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.”
Verse 6 says, “But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” Verse 8 says, “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”
Truth within is the result of what we bring into our thought life. Psalm 15:2 says, “He who walks uprightly, and works righteousness, and speaks the truth in his heart.” All spoken words are first thoughts.
It is really simple, but we often make it complicated. Our thoughts govern our words, actions, attitude, and habits. As we read His word, observe what it says, and then do it, our lives will change.
Bringing truth into our heart, so that we live out what we read, causes inner transformation. It doesn’t matter how many lies we have believed, how many times we stumble and say the wrong things, or any other defeating thing, we can be freed!
That is what Jesus meant when He said that the truth we know experientially will set us free. Think of John 8:36. It says, “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”
No enemy stronghold can withstand the power of God’s word. 2 Corinthians 10:4 says, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.”
There is no other verse like this in the Bible. An enemy stronghold is a mindset based on a lie that we have believed. That buried lie continues to control our lives. It seeps into our thought process. It feels like reality yet it is a deception.
I once asked the Lord, “How can something that seems to be so real be a lie?” We must remember that anything satan uses is pseudo power, because God is All Powerful. No one, nor anything has any power because He has it all.