What has a grip on you that limits you being closer to God? What lies of the enemy are you believing are normal and really are oppressing you and keeping you blocked from a closer relationship with the Lord? What sin are you caught up in that has you under its power? Until you recognize these are strongholds you will never be free. Strongholds are something that has a 'strong hold' on you. They are things that are against God's word yet may be justified by ignoring scripture and the lies of Satan.
Christ is not in control in the areas that are strongholds. You are being lied to be the enemy, Satan, to believe your sin is normal and you are not so bad. You are being taken down the wrong path in life. You may try to ignore scriptures or keep away from the people of God. A stronghold is just what it implies. You have to be aware you are trapped in one before you can be set free. Denying there is a problem will only keep you in bondage. Often times the enemy lies to you and makes you feel that what you are doing is perfectly okay so you do not seek freedom from its' grip.
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 says "For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ".The enemy is a tricky deceiver and he will get people, even Christians, to believe a lie and walk down a dark path. 1 John 4:1 says "Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world."
1 John 1:9 says " If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." Are you involved in something that you know displeases God? It is time to acknowledge the strongholds that may be in your life and ask God to help remove them from your life and walk a life pleasing to Him.
PRAYER: Lord we know it is easy to believe a lie of the enemy especially in the world we live in today. The word of God is not honored and respected like it used to be and even Christian young people may be caught up in sin that they think is okay. Father I pray you will open the eyes of the blind and help us to stay in the word and walk with you. Help us to know what to say and what to pray if we have friends or family who are bound by strongholds and protect us from not getting sucked into Satan's trap. In Jesus Name. Amen.