1: Recognize the Captor
Notice the picture includes the cross. It is
significant to know that these strongholds are what a believer battles against. The imprisoned believer is held captive by
controlling thoughts. Something has grown between the believer and Christ. As we look at this through the stronghold of un-forgiveness,
we cannot deny that believers are held captive to un-forgiveness and its pain and its destructive patterns of thinking. If
not held captive yet, those thoughts of un-forgiveness can begin to make a nest in your mind. How do we deal with them? The
first step is not to deny them, but to acknowledge that they can or are becoming what you are focusing on. Un-forgiveness
toward someone can make the other person so big in your life. The person is what you focus on, along with all the fleshly,
unloving thoughts about them. You begin to bow to these thoughts. They hold you captive.
2: Stand in Agreement with God
In the second step, you see the believer is standing.
She is not yet free from the captivity, but she is no longer bowing to that which is holding her captive. The key to this
step is I John 1:9: “If you we confess your sin, he (God) is faithful and just to forgive our sins and cleanse us from
all unrighteousness.” Confession means to agree with God about a specific matter. What does God say about un-forgiveness?
Jesus, in the Lord’s Prayer, says your forgiveness is not an option, but is dependent on the degree you forgive others.
To walk with a forgiving heart is essential to our life and freedom as a Christian. Beth Moore says, “Anything that
cheats you of what God has for you could be considered sin.” Christ leads you to freedom through honesty and confession
of sin. Are you willing? Or have you experienced this kind of freedom?
3: Tear Down the Lies
When we confess our sin, we begin to have our
eyes open to the lies we have believed and receive the strength we need to tear them down. In this step we need to tear down
the lies that are wallpapering our minds and imprisoning us. Notice an important turning point - the prison door swings open.
Satan is ultimately the author of these lies. He can’t inhabit you, but he can encourage these thoughts, ideas, or excuses.
Satan lacks the power to keep us imprisoned. What are some of the lies we can believe as we hold high the stronghold of un-forgiveness?
· I can never forgiver her for…
· The hurt is too bad…
· I can’t forgive until she understands what she’ done to me…
· I need to be recompensed (paid back) for all the pain and injustice I have experienced, before forgiving her
· I am entitled to my hurt and anger and destructive behavior. (This attitude can be reinforce by others)
· I hate them – can’t stand to be with them…
The demolition of strongholds comes when we expose
and tear down the lies that feed our strongholds.
4: Put Up the Truth
can’t leave the walls of our mind bare. We must re-wallpaper them with the truth. The truth will set you free!
Notice in this illustration that the captive
has escaped the prison and the cross is between the freed prisoner and their thoughts. Applying the truth to the matter is
what brings the cross between the former captive and her thoughts.
The Word of God is like truth serum. The more
you use it, the clearer your mind. Truth will transform your mind, renew your mind, and allow you to have the mind of Christ.
How do you re-wallpaper your mind?
· Search the scriptures that speak the truth about the specific stronghold – use the concordance, seek others’
· Write these on note cards – something you can take with you. Memorize them.
· Take them with you – the battle will be strong to keep you captive. Remember Jesus is your deliverer!
· Fill your mind with that which feeds the Spirit – Romans 8:6; “The mind of sinful man is death, but the
mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace.” Attending bible Study, listening to Christian music, seeking Godly
friendships and fellowship are some of the ways to feed your spirit and win the battle for freedom! The more we feed the Spirit
of God within us and yield to His control, the more His presence will fill us with life and peace.
What is the truth you can use about forgiveness?
· Colossians 3:13, Ephesians 4:32: “…forgive as Christ forgave
· “Forgive them for they know not what they do.”
· “Entrust yourself to Him who judges justly.” I Peter 2:23
· “…never return evil for evil…” I Peter 3:9-11
· We receive forgiveness in the same way we give forgiveness to others. Matthew 6:12,14-15
· God is at work in you to will and to work according to his good purpose. Philippians 2:13
Our thoughts are filled with truth.
5: Our Thoughts Bow to the Truth
The captive has become the captor as she continually
practices “taking every thought captive.” She has gone from un-forgiveness, to forgiveness, to freedom by believing,
speaking, and applying the truth continually. There is no prison door!
Re-wallpapering your mind is hard wok, but the
Lord not only gives you the weapons, but the enabling power to do it. His desire is for you to experience the freedom he intended
you to have in relationship with Jesus Christ. Give God your full cooperation and time to renew your mind. You will be victorious
and Satan will be defeated!
What thoughts have nested in your
What are the truths you need to
re-wallpaper your mind with?