But we should also examine our own lives for strongholds. They typically begin in our thoughts. That's why Scripture warns us to take our thoughts captive (2 Corinthians 10:3-5).
It might be a relationship problem we bitterly "debate" in our thoughts.
It might be an injustice or offense we've obsessively relived in our thoughts, memorizing each detail.
It might be an unrealistic fear that haunts us.
It might be an ungodly desire we enjoy pondering.
We need to take those thoughts captive:
1. Replacing thoughts with prayers - not prayers that rehash problems, but prayers that lift the situation to the Lord (Philippians 4:6). See 5 Ways To Process Problems
2. Replacing thoughts with encouraging Scripture passages (Colossians 3:16). See I Can't Change
3. Replacing negative thoughts with positive thoughts, praise and thanksgiving (Philippians 4:8). See Negative Self-Talk
Our thoughts create our mood and affect our actions (Luke 6:45).
Taking thoughts captive is a primary step in dealing with strongholds.
Think about it!
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