A few years ago, the Lord showed me a vivid vision as I was awake in the early morning. He showed me our hearts, the spiritual battles we face, much scripture was explained and here I want to share with you what the Lord showed me was a stronghold.
A spiritual stronghold is a pair of demonic hands on a certain part of people’s life that flows out from your heart. Remember King Solomon wrote:
Above all else, guard your heart,
for everything you do flows from it.
Keep your mouth free of perversity;
keep corrupt talk far from your lips.
Let your eyes look straight ahead;
fix your gaze directly before you.
Give careful thought to the paths for your feet
and be steadfast in all your ways.
Do not turn to the right or the left;
keep your foot from evil.
These words are true, and oh how I wish everyone could understand the depth of this. What we put in our hearts flows out in four ways- very similar to the physical heart we have within us. The junk or the good we see, hear, do, go …goes straight into our heart. It is like a well within us- it can be flowing with the waters of life through Jesus or we can unknowingly be polluting it with the tv shows, music, words, books we allow to get dumped in.
There are different outflows to our spiritual heart and each one specifically flows to a certain part of each person’s life. On top of the outflow I could see the name written on it.- Each of the outflows of the heart were for a different part of the person’s life. For instance, one was home and family, another was “looking for God” another was “happiness”, another was work, another “different paths” and “ventures”
What you put in to your heart can allow the devil to try to control your life- this is the pair of demonic hands that tries to cut you off- ultimately destroying your life. These rivers- for lack of a better word to describe-that flow from your heart actually connect you to the Lord- as if on a vine. The devils grip tries to cut you off. The main goal of a demonic stronghold is to cut off your connector to the Lord- it would be like you tying a tight rubber band on a branch of a vine. It would eventually fall off and die. Well that is what happens here.
To understand the working of our enemy here- is to describe it as breaking a branch from a vine off- or cutting off it’s source- to kill the vine so the life is no longer in it.
I saw the Lord holding on to His people- some even by a small strand that was left with the strongholds breaking them off. The Lord loves His people so much- as if you were his only son. He has His arms outstretched to you and guards you – but you must, you must, you must Guard and Protect your heart- it’s the wellspring within you- and if you do not protect it and live the way you want to- instead of by the Lord’s way- you will deeply regret the choices you made in your life.
Listen to the words Jesus said:
John 15:1“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
He is the vine- Jesus is explaining what it is like in the spiritual world. This is how we are connected to Jesus- that is how Jesus, the Holy Spirit and our Father God are always with us.
“Wake up, sleeper,
rise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.”
In the case I saw, it was a man who had alcohol and gambling addiction. The man had no idea he was being controlled by the demons who had a stronghold on him. He thought to himself “I can beat this, I can overcome this on my own” and the devils laughed and laughed because they knew it would be impossible. This man had at one time been wiped clean and freed from his addictions, but returned to his ways. I finally understood what Jesus said when he said the demons come back and find the place (heart) wiped clean and bring even more back. I could see so many demons there waiting to grab him and break him off, waiting for him to break free-only so the next one in line could put there hands on it next. Behind this man and the demonic stronghold…I could see the man fight and break free and then another demon would grab hold and so it went on and on..the man never freeing himself. Only the blood of Jesus can free us, we in ourselves are powerless to the demonic forces that try to kill us, destroy us, and cut us off from our Heavenly Father. On top of each of the hands I saw the word “stronghold” written. I also so a demonic chokehold around the neck that would choke out the word of God. Everytime this person would go to church or try to hear God’s word the demonic chokehold would grab him around the neck so the Word of God could not go into the heart.
“When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives, it finds the house swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and takes seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first.” Luke 11:24-26
“When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first. That is how it will be with this wicked generation.” Matthew 12”43-45
YOU CAN HAVE THIS LIVING WATER FLOWING THROUGH YOU– you need it for your salvation. Call out to your Savior- the spring of Living Water. It is a gift for you. Ask for it. Jesus said, “Whoever believes in me, rivers of living water will flow from within them.
Jeremiah 2:13 “My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.
(can your heart hold this living water or is your heart polluted?
Jeremiah 17:13 LORD, you are the hope of Israel; all who forsake you will be put to shame. Those who turn away from you will be written in the dust because they have forsaken the LORD, the spring of living water.
John 4:10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water?
John 7:38 Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”
Revelation 7:17 For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; ‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’ ‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’ ”
Don’t be deceived! Be set free in Jesus name! you very soul is at stake. If you could only see the workings of the enemy- stand strong soldier Put on your warfare! And for goodness sake- Above all- GUARD YOUR HEARTS
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
I’m not an artist, but this is part of what I saw- one entrance and 4 outflows throught the heart and on this specific heart I saw one set of demonic hands trying to strangle or cut off the outflow of the heart and behind it were legions ready to jump in just in case the person was freed.