In 2 Corinthians 10, Paul writes about strongholds. He explains that the weapons Christ followers have are not of this world, but have divine power. In verse 5, he states, “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” The second part of that verse is frequently quoted. I have used it myself many times in counseling clients. Yet, we seem to all but ignore the first part of the the verse and forget about verse 4 all together. In order to take our thoughts captive and make them obedient to Christ, and in order to demolish the arguments that go against God, we must use divine power. We have to rely on the Holy Spirit in order to release strongholds. In Relational Reset, I share about a wide variety of habits – or strongholds – that interfere with relationships. Many of them have to do with problematic patterns of thinking. Thoughts based on insecurity, envy, judgment and more. Because our thoughts lead to our feelings, emotions are addressed too. For example, disappointment and fear. In order to break the strongholds that are barriers to healthy and God honoring relationships, we have to change. We have to change our thinking, which can change our feelings, which change everything. But we can’t do it alone. Taking our thoughts captive and making them obedient to Christ takes time. It also takes knowing the Word of God and walking in His knowledge rather than our own. If you want help in demolishing strongholds in relationships, order your copy of Relational Reset. You, too, can unlearn the habits that have been holding you back. Get started today.
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Reclaiming Sanity: Hope and Healing for Trauma, Stress, and Overwhelming Life Events
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