In this life, we all face many battles, but the hardest and longest battle we fight is the battle in our minds. The words we speak to ourselves along with the word we allow to fester help create stronghold in our minds.
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 says. “For though we walk according to the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down our strongholds and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.“
At a Bible study I was at this morning and this was made this more clear than ever to me. There was a young lady who was struggling with loss and heartache. She wanted to know, Why? It is in the importance of the power of our words along with talking to God that answers this question.. Dealing with grief is the hardest things our mind has to endure. It is crucial for us all to be mindful of our emotions and the way of minds work. There is nothing more powerful in our lives than self-talk, it is more powerful on us than God-talk. God-talk is only powerful in our lives when our self-talk align a with it.
The Bible says in Proverbs 23:7, “as a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” It doesn’t say as God thinks or what God says- it says, “as man thinks.” When the Bible says this, it is referring to your self-talk.
There is so much power in the words we repeat to ourselves that they can either break us down or build us up. Satan understands the power of our self-talk and he uses it against us. Self-talk is what builds negative or positive strongholds.
Think of a stronghold as a castle.
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds2 Corinthians 10:4
Castles (Strongholds) are built one brick at a time. These bricks represent our thoughts and therefore our self-talk. This means the strongholds in our minds are built one thought at a time – just like a castle is built one brick at a time.
It is our responsibility to build our strongholds with either positive thoughts or negative thoughts. The enemy aims to make us self-destruct by getting us to talk about ourselves negatively, We must resist, we need to stop focusing on what others think about us.
What other people say about us (or to us) can move us to the left or the right, we will be destroyed because we will become trapped by negative thoughts.
Ultimately, it should be more important what we say about ourselves, which must align with God’s truth about us. We must understand the impact of our self-talk so we can use it, and maintain it, to build positive strongholds in our minds.
Remember, every stronghold isn’t negative; the scripture says in Psalm z94:22 that “the Lord is our stronghold.
So What Happens When You Build A Negative Stronghold?
You might have been told negative things as a child, when you were very impressionable. You then took it into your spirit, and began to confirm what that person said by repeating those words to yourself. (My mother said it so it must be true) which resulted in you living your life according to those words….those sentences.
This means some people are serving a life sentence and they are not even in prison. Instead, they are living according to the negative word that were sown into them by others.
Serving a life sentence is different from having a life of sentence. Having a lif sentis what you’ve heard and have got inside your mind, but serving the life sentence is when you start making choices based on that lie or that life sentence…that life sentence then becomes a death sentence! I lived almost 30 years in prison, because of lies others told me.
The Bible says that death and life are in the power of the tongue…the power of your words! (Proverbs 18:21). This means a negative stronghold in your mind can lead to the death of your future, your destiny, your relationships, your confidence, your courage…etc.
How Do You Overcome This?
To overcome this, you need to sow new, positive seeds into yourself. You have to speak positively to yourself, whether out loud or in your internal to yourself. (I wrote positive notes and placed them all over the house to inspire me). You must remember that death and life lie in the power of the tongue, meaning the power of your words! (Proverbs 18:21). As Jesus did in Matthew 4, you can use scripture to combat and speak against those lies that have infiltrated your mind – the word of God is living and powerful (Hebrews 4:12). I urge you to find out who you are in Christ,
Scripture talks about what things you should aim to think (or meditate) on, which is the equivalent of your internal conversation. Things which are true, noble, just pure lovely, of good report, virtuous and praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8). You need to think about these things rather than the lies you have believed about yourself which do not, and can not, come from God.
You must also draw near to God. If you become overwhelmed with negative self-talk you need to draw close and listen to the still small voice of God. If you are struggling to bear someone, the first thing you do I move closer to them. So draw nearer to God by inclining your ears to the voice of our Heavenly Father. It is your proximity to God’s voice that tells you what to speak to yourself.
You must also pray. Prayers reach further. Your prayers have a long reach. David has a small weapon, but that small weapon (the stone) that he had, had God behind it. That is an example of what our prayers can do. Our prayers overcome, transform and renew. By praying and speaking the word of God, you change the negative stronghold that has trapped your thought life into a positive stronghold that rejuvenates and strengthens you.