I’ve Been in The Wrong Camp {Stronghold ~ Part 1}

~ Hello! I am so excited to tell you about the plan for the next few weeks here at Faith2Shine! My dear friend, Beth Kinder, is about to launch her book-baby out into the world. This amazing book has been simmering in her soul for years and will be released to the public in just under 3 tenderly-short weeks from today. WE get to talk about it NOW as we have the honor of reading a pre-release sample. {pinch me!} There really are not words to describe the power of freedom being released from the bindings of this book. And I’m not just saying that because she is my friend- this word is absolutely timely for the world we find ourselves in today. This book ushers in the hand of God into those deep dark places of your heart and gently guides you to His light. This is the book you never knew you always needed. At the end of this post are all the links you need to see this book and meet the Author for yourself!~

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~I Have Been in the Wrong Camp~

I thought all along that I was “in”. I went to church. I prayed the prayers. I could even quote scriptures. From memory. And in context.

I was really living in the shadows, tucked far away from the light. You see, I hung out with the believers; I attended their meetings and called them friends. But I hid my tent on the other side of the wall. The wall of shame. Of doubt. Of fear.

And I was comfortable there.

I thought it was working for me; convinced I belonged and that this was a good life. In reality I was a prisoner allowed out only on work release; held captive by the long chains of perception. Weapons made of words had thwarted my worthiness, broken my faith’s foundation and bound me up in shame.

In “Stronghold” by Beth Kinder, she says “For everything good that comes from the Lord, the enemy places an evil counterfeit to ensnare God’s people.” And later says: “The stronghold of the mind will demand an allegiance of our affection and dedication. These fortresses encapsulate the mind and build a barrier that prevents us from ever finding the authentic refuge of the Living God.”

I was blinded by fears. And I poured affection over my shame.

But I was not lost.

Facades can only last so long. Mine came to a traumatic and bloody end, thankfully. And in the mess of all the rubble I opened my eyes for the first time in a long time. Light burst in and I finally saw truth, I’d been pitching my tent in the wrong camp.

“Where the Old Testament Stronghold was a literal place to keep the enemy out, the New Testament stronghold keeps the enemy in! It is a fortress designed by our adversary to keep us captive in the stronghold of our mind.” Beth Kinder

I had bound my self in absolute lies. Lies that I would never be enough, have enough faith, or strong enough to stand on my own. I hunkered into the falsities that I was unworthy of God’s attention, let alone His love. And I truly believed that I had nothing of any worth to offer Him. These lies kept me back from joy, held me captive from dreaming and pursuing. And the longer their fangs gripped my limbs the more of a shell I became, retreating myself to the barren place of shame.

And when I finally bled out all the lies I’d been trying to hold in I realized in their void was a hunger unlike any I’d experienced before.

I longed for truth.

John 8:32 says “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

And I craved freedom, like the desert craves rain.

This process of discovering truth began only 4 short years ago. I still have 30+ years of lies to unravel. But here’s the beauty of it, it isn’t an injury in need of a bandaid. It is a relocation of the anchor of my soul. I have moved my belongings from the fortress of lies and settled into the Shelter of the Most High God. He is molding, shaping and reframing the wounded places of my heart and putting a new dance in my step.

“God’s plan for the authentic stronghold is that we would be so sure in Him, so grounded in Him so confident in Him, so close to Him that we would live in the ultimate life-sustaining power of the Holy Spirit” ~Beth Kinder

Maybe you have found yourself hiding behind the enemy’s false walls and are looking for a way back into the light? Maybe you long for freedom, not the kind found in a formula, but the kind found in truth? Stronghold is not a formula, it is a flashlight. This book will help you to identify your prison, find the kink in the wall and then hand you a chisel.

Come, check out it for yourself! I want to chat about it, maybe even meet over coffee and hear your thoughts. Click the picture below to be connected to the Book’s website. You can read chapter 1 and there may be a freebie or two! (who doesn’t love free?!)

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Come back next week for a chat about Chapter 2!!

Linking up today with Meredith Bernard, Jennifer Dukes Lee, and Kelly Balarie.

 

 

 

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8 Comments on “I’ve Been in The Wrong Camp {Stronghold ~ Part 1}

  1. This is great! The book sounds awesome & I love how you point out the enemy’s strongholds and move us to demolish them! Visiting from #RaRaLinkup

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  2. Visiting you today via #RaRaLinkup 🙂
    Thanks for sharing these words of encouragement, Brandi. Looking forward to stronghold part 2 next week!

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