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Scripture vs. Strongholds

We've spent a fabulous month learning about the power of Scripture in our lives. Well, today I have an example for you of just how a dear friend of mine applied it to her life directly and saw her life change in powerful ways. Talk about transforming your mind!

Please welcome my dear friend, Helen Bratko, as she shares her testimony of how she overcame a stronghold in her life. This is a tool I plan to implement myself. I hope her message speaks to you as it did to me. Helen is an amazing woman of God, dedicated to serving her creator and her family. She's currently working on recording her memoirs in the hopes her past trials will be a testimony to others of God's transforming power.

Praying and believing,

S613767147_1477456_3911094 How I Got Free of Anger
By Helen Bratko

Several years ago, I heard a teaching by Ed Silvoso on spiritual strongholds. He gave a very helpful definition:  “A stronghold is a mindset impregnated with hopelessness, that forces us to accept as unchangeable, situations that we know are contrary to the will of God.” To tear down a stronghold he recommended finding forty bible verses to read  aloud four times a day, for forty days. Silvoso likened the tearing down of a stronghold to a story he heard about a man who knocked down a wall of concrete blocks. The man kept hitting the wall with a sledgehammer, over and over, but it looked like nothing was happening. Eventually, a crack appeared and with more blows, the wall finally came down.

As he was speaking, I was convicted that I had a stronghold of anger. For many years I would scream at my kids on a regular basis, and was easily angered by day-to-day trials. So I decided to give it a try. I started looking for verses and found some great ones, such as: “Our anger does produce the righteousness God desires.” (James 1:20) And, “Better a patient person than a warrior, those with self-control than those who take a city.” (Proverbs 16:32)

With my verses acquired, I began my forty days. I quickly found it almost impossible to do it four times a day, so I settled on twice a day, morning and night. As I recited the verses out loud, I began to memorize them. When a situation arose where I began to feel angry, I would immediately quote verses to myself and the anger would subside. Speaking the words out loud was empowering to me. Proverbs 18:21 says, “The tongue has the power of life and death.” Ephesians 6:17 says, “Take up…the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God.”

After the forty days were over, anger was no longer the first emotion I felt when my kids disobeyed. My kids now don’t even remember me yelling at them! The bible says, “If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” Do you want to get free? You don’t have to live in bondage, you can do something about it. If you are tired of a besetting sin, I encourage you to take the forty-day challenge, and have a friend do it with you. Whatever you do, don’t settle for the spiritual healing you have now, there is always more, so press in and take hold of what God has for you.

~ Helen Bratko

See the Silvoso teaching here:

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