Today we are going to talk about the negative strongholds that are in our lives. For some of you this might be an uncomfortable topic and for others you may be ready to hear this message, and hopefully you are all ready to tear down strongholds in your life that have been hindering you from growing closer to God.

There are two definitions of a stronghold.
1. (Military / Fortifications) a defensible place; fortress
2. a major center or area of predominance.

It is the second one that we are addressing today

There are two types of strongholds in our lives. There are the strongholds of God, the Biblical and moral strongholds that we hold on to and believe and allow to guide us in our daily walks and then there are the strongholds of sin that bind us and become areas of predominance in our lives.

The Apostle Paul tells us in Romans 3:23 that “all have sinned…” He goes on to tell is in Romans 6:23 that “The wages of sin is death.”

We all sin. You sin. I sin. And that sin holds us and drags us to the grave.

We never planned on sinning. When we were younger we never planned on being a gossip. Nobody plans to be a drug addict or a murderer or addicted to pornography. And yet, those things happen in many of our lives.

Sin is sin and we all sin.

We sin, we fall short of the glory of God; we make mistakes. And we are not alone; there are many examples in the Word of God of people falling into the temptation to sin.

David, a man after God’s own heart was guilty of murder and adultery. The Apostle Peter cursed and denied the Lord. Abraham lied. Moses disobeyed. And the man we are going to look at today, Samson, he was overpowered many times by his addiction to sex and power.

These strongholds are not the fleeting temptations that happen from time to time, today we are going to tackle the obsessions that we just can’t seem to escape but you want to and you need to.

Much of the time, strongholds such as we are discussing today did not just happen. Many times they are passed on from generation to generation. I call them generational curses.

Other times they are created by the individual after months and years of giving into sin, a lack of making good decisions and a lack of spiritual discipline in our lives.

Someone once said, “Our life is ultimately the product of thousands of small decisions.”

These strongholds are things like drug addiction, anger, gambling, gossiping, back biting, pride, pornography, drunkenness, thoughts of hurting others or hurting yourself, selfishness, not correctly handling your finances, and anything else that attaches itself to you and seems to hold you in its grip and keep you from living a life of victory.

By the end of this message today, my prayer is that we will be able to stand and say enough is enough and that we can break these strongholds through the power of God and put in its place a stronghold of peace and power