ANXIETY: Protected by Worry and Fear Strongholds

 

I developed anxiety from not feeling safe from all the abuse and betrayals of my past. The stronghold combination of worry and fear are major mental strongholds that keep many people in bondage during trying times, which lead to anxiety, hopelessness, despair, discouragement, fretting, and depression. These strongholds are often revealed during trials (or watching the news). Trials should perfect our faith in God, our perseverance (endurance), and our character (see Rom. 5:3-5; James 1:2-4; 1 Peter 1:6-9), but most often they continue to build our fear and worry strongholds. I became full of anxiety from deceptions, retaliation, and losing my job. I then developed a host of digestive problems that I was healed of after I destroyed this stronghold combination. I could also see how this stronghold combination affected all aspects of my life.

Strongholds are the mental fortresses that would look like castle walls if they had a physical form. They are built with bad memories in order to protect us from further emotional pain. But in fact, they keep us from experiencing life and love. Mental strongholds are usually built to protect an unhealthy belief or beliefs generated by bad experiences that we have often forgotten about but still control us. Visit my website for more details about the many unhealthy beliefs we can have. Authority seats are like thrones within fortified castles.  For example, a ruler builds a fortress to protect his or her interests and authority to rule. In this case, anxiety rules our behavior and choices and is protected by the many memories of things we fear and are worried about.

THE WORRY STRONGHOLD—Protects the following unhealthy beliefs: I can’t help but to worry because I am concerned. I trust God but worry keeps me on my knees. When I worry then I can feel I am in control somehow.  This stronghold protects the fear stronghold as an outer wall around the inner fear wall.

THE FEAR STRONGHOLD— Protects the following unhealthy beliefs: Something bad is going to happen. I must protect myself. I am not able to trust anyone. This stronghold protects the authority seat of anxiety within the inner walls of fear.

SEAT OF ANXIETY—Holds all the memories of not feeling safe, which triggers panic attacks when you are in a situation where you do not feel safe.

The worry stronghold would keep me from trusting God to work all things out for my good (Rom. 8:28-29).  Instead, I would dwell on the problem and try to solve the problem myself if I could. This stronghold protected the fear stronghold which encouraged self-protective behavior and the need to control circumstances. For example, if I couldn’t control the circumstances, then I would become anxious, fearing something bad was going to happen that I wouldn’t be able to control. The anxious thoughts on the seat of authority in my heart caused me to feel hopeless, despaired, discouraged, unsafe, and unhappy.

I felt God leading me to mentally or physically put myself in the various homes and places where I did not feel safe or accepted. I specifically and verbally loosed/put off the destructive memories created in those places along with all oppressive energy/spirit attachments (see website for explanation), unhealthy beliefs, and wrong thinking that God brought to my mind to be transformed. After that, I prayed through the “Joy, Trust, and Peace Issues,” to complete my transformation and healing. Then I imagined myself safe in the arms of my Heavenly Father who abundantly loves me. I also made God my refuge as I often quoted Psalms 91 and Isaiah 41:10-13 from memory.

To remain in peace and not be fearful, our minds should be focused on the promises found in God’s Word and not on the things going on around us that we cannot control. Personally pray the verses in Philippians 4:6-7, which states, “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7) And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” and Romans 8:28 which states, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.

If you see this stronghold combination in your life, then go through the pages of my website to learn the science and spiritual concepts for transforming the many negative issues in your heart.

The above statements are passages from my book called “Unseen Battles for Your Mind,” which is in the editing stage, and therefore, is not to be recopied without my permission.

 

Author: Joyce Holzman Hanscom

I am helping the women at the county jail to transform their painful memories and hurts to heal their negative heart issues so they can make good decisions. I am also a Sunday School and Bible teacher, originally trained as a computer science teacher.

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