When I was a child we had a song that ended with, “And they all came tumbling down.” Then we would all fall to the ground. Jeremiah 1:10 is a great verse to apply to strongholds. It gives us a visual. It says, “See, I have this day set you over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out and to pull down, to destroy and to throw down, to build and to plant.” This is repeated in several places in Jeremiah.
Spiritual strongholds are deeply rooted lies. They were first seeded into our heart when we entertained the fiery dart thought. Like all invasive weeds, they sowed weed seeds which were also rooted.
It is essential to understand that not all thoughts are of our origin. I learned this in 1993. Prior to that a lot of weed seeds had permeated my heart. I asked the Holy Spirit to reveal the lies that I had believed.
As He brought each one to the surface, I would apply 2 Corinthians 4:2 and renounce them. They were not mine originally, but I had accepted the fiery dart lies as truth. They each gained control over my life.
By renouncing them I disowned them. They were no longer mine. I dispossessed them. I had a desire for truth. I latched onto Proverbs 4:23 and made it my own. It says, “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.”
I knew that one really well. I said things that I had no intention of saying. They just came out of my mouth at the most inopportune times. There was another verse that I wove into the depths of my heart.
Psalm 15:2 says, “He who walks uprightly, and works righteousness, and speaks the truth in his heart.” There are several other character building verses that follow. The Psalm ended with, “…He who does these things shall never be moved.”
The Holy Spirit was so faithful to help me. The more truth went into my heart, the more the lies would surface. At one point I asked the Lord if there was ever anything that I believed that was not a lie. It seemed like an endless task. However, once I did get truths embedded in my heart, those truths became my sentinel.
Truth within will guard our heart. Our part is to take God’s word and hide it through memorizing and meditating on it. It then becomes the inseparable interwoven fabric of our heart