I’ve been talking a lot about how strongholds are built in our hearts that keep us from being all God wants us to be, but as I look back at my past, I’m amazed how the enemy can distort my perspective.   I had a long talk with my sister last month about our mom (who passed away a year ago today) and it was like we were raised in two completely different families.  Her vision of our formative years were completely different from mine.  The enemy does SO much to rob us of any love that he even distorts our memories.  This also reminds me of a movie I recently watched on Netflix called “The Adam Project” with Ryan Reynolds.  It was a great time-travel movie about a 40-year old guy who comes back in time to collide with his 12-year old self in hopes that he can get his father NOT to invent time travel at all.  I won’t spoil the movie (that had some really powerful scenes), but it was amazing to see how much anger the 40-year old Ryan Reynolds had built up against his dad that the 12-year old version tried to talk him out of.  Time had cemented strongholds that didn’t even really exist, except for in his mind.  

Isaiah 43:18-19 (NIV)

18 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. 19 See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

So, What… for This Week?

I talk A LOT about unpacking your past so you can be healthy while moving ahead, but often times our vision of the past is distorted by satan’s lies.  Don’t believe every memory you have, some of those memories are lies that have been built up and created strongholds that you can no longer see past.  This makes a case for pressing into God and using the Holy Spirit to uncover the lies that YOU may be believing.  God wants you to have FREEDOM, so don’t get stuck believing lies!