Strong Holds of the Mind
Imagine a wall larger than your house standing in front of you. This wall surrounds you on all sides as a perfectly smooth circle. It’s covered in acid that burns you as you touch it. All you have is a wooden sword that you carved out of the only tree that sits in the middle. You can climb the tree and see others on the other side of the wall. The tree gives you enough food to barely live off of as the tree itself is weak. This wall is deep, this wall is the lies you have built to keep people out. This circle wall was pretty when you first built it. Now acid you sprayed on it to keep people from climbing in is poisoning you.
This is an example of the walls we build during our addiction cycle. The innermost walls are the strongest, and they were designed to keep God out of our minds. These walls are made of the strongest lies we tell ourselves. This is our stronghold. It’s time for that stronghold to come down. Every lie we told ourselves during our addiction is another wall we have to tear down. These lies run deep, and all we have is a wood sword made of some tree inside our core. How do we break free?
That tree is no normal tree. That is a seed someone planted. That’s the word of God. Those roots are as strong as your relationship with God. Did you know that a house’s foundation can be destroyed by a tree that grows over time? The tree roots grow under the walls of the house and lift up. It doesn’t life evenly, and the house falls apart around where the roots stand. It’s amazing to see this fact because God made nature to point to Him. Here you are with a tree inside of you that you can feed by having a relationship with Christ. As those roots grow, so does the walls crack open. A different stronghold is being built at the same time. God is filling in where the wall is held onto.
What if the tree isn’t there? Well, let me airdrop you a seed. The first step is to accept Jesus as your savior. See, He is perfect. He choose to Die on a Wooden Cross. When He died, He took the sins of others upon Him. Anyone that accepts Him, He took your sins. They died with Him. Then being perfect and God, He came back to life and left everything dead. Accept it, believe in your heart, and confess with your mouth. Jesus is Lord. You shall be saved. It’s simple, and not. I know. If you have questions, feel free to reach out.
So, how do we grow those roots? For those who have accepted Jesus and fail into addiction for whatever reason, how do we get those roots to grow. Relationship. Capture your mind, focus on Christ. Have that relationship again, like when we were younger. We need to replace the thoughts with Christ. I’m preaching to myself right now. How do we do that?
Capturing your thoughts (2 Corinthians 10:4-5) is like willfully peeing your pants. You have to forget what you have been trained to do to avoid God. You have to allow God in. You have to talk to Him. It will no longer feel natural, but as you start, that unnatural feeling goes away slowly. Prayer is powerful. It’s like giving the roots bonemeal. Start off by praying for a good day. Or just say hi. You don’t need to close your eyes, just a simple “Hi, I need some help” is all that is needed. Grow it into praying for others. After a while, you will notice that you are praying for others more than yourself. You will also notice that you are praying more than thinking about using.
Praying is the first part, but listening is the second part. You have to take time out of your day to listen to God. He speaks in many different ways, One is through his scripture. (2 Timothy 3:16 ). By reading the bible, you will quickly learn that God speaks. By reading the scriptures you will catch your thoughts in a different manner. Another way is through the Holy Spirit. The spirit is like a whisper. My favorite whisper is Romains 8:16.
Combining reading Scripture with prayer is like a super-charged bone meal for the roots. As you get closer to God, the more powerful those roots become. Next, Memorizing scripture is like the bee’s knees of the relationship. This is something I have started doing myself. As you memorize more and more, the roots grow and grow. The walls crack and start falling apart. But we are not done yet!
At some point, someone climbed in there with you. God does things in relationships. He likes to have more than one person together. Matthew 18:20 says, “for where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” God loves the crowds, the small groups and personal one on one time with his people. That’s why that person used a ladder made of his wood to get in there with you. God knows more than one person can do more damage. Ecclesiastes 4:12 Now it’s time to tackle the walls, the lies. Guess what, the walls are damaged already. They already look like ruins.
Action, it’s time to take that wooden sword and strike against those walls. The bible calls the word sharper than a two-edged sword, Hebrews 4:12. That wooden sword is God’s Word. That wooden sword has grown into a monster of a beast. God didn’t just grow the tree, He grew all the wood. It’s now larger than the walls themselves and you have the strength to wield it as if it’s a broom handle. You swing it by quoting scriptures you have memorized at the lies in your mind. Each time it hits the wall, the wall breaks down more and more, and the sword becomes stronger and stronger. It cuts deeper into the wall and into yourself, bringing healing. Until, there is nothing left of the wall but ruins. Which is what others will see in your life. Your victory will be a blessing to others.
Now Christ’s living light will shine across your world. Get ready because there will be another stronghold built. One built on the word of God. One that will not be moved. God will restore what you have lost, it may not look the way you want it, but He will be there.
It all starts from simply accepting that love.