Lesson 07 - How Strongholds are Established
By: Chaifa Berry
Helpful Resource: Strategies of War

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Chaifa Berry

Lesson 07: How Strongholds are Established

Lecturer: Chaifa Berry

Based on Chapter 6 of the Strategies of War book by Apostle Colette Toach

Study Note:

I used to think it silly when people said that a "spirit of bitterness" attacked them. That is because a lot of times, people do not want to take ownership of their sin. They would rather blame it on a spirit than admit that they may be the problem. I know this, because I have been there!

The truth though, is that actually... there is a little bit of truth to the "spirit of bitterness." There are strongholds built in your life and if you do not uproot it and displace it, satan will continue to use the strongholds of bitterness, fear and guilt to tempt you.

Now that doesn't mean that you no longer have to look at your sin and that you can just blame it on a demon. It doesn't work that way. No, you cannot even begin to do this kind of warfare, until you have dealt with the sin in your own heart first.

Once you have done that, it is time to dig deep. It is going to be a wrestling here. You've spent your entire life establishing this stronghold. Every time you reacted in sin, you gave it a deeper foundation.

So don't be afraid to get your hands dirty and to wrestle a little. In the next couple of lessons, you are going to learn how to do just that.

In today's lesson, you will learn how to recognize what these attacks feel like. Then when you have those same pictures and those same emotions stir up, you can stop and say,

"Oh no you don't. I am not falling for this. I bind that thought, I bind these circumstances right now. I believe what God says and I am uprooting this foundation right now!"

Every time you choose God and you choose a different pattern, you are laying a new pattern - a righteous pattern that will soon replace the old. The new pattern will make you susceptible for success and blessing and not curses.

So let's begin by seeing how satan has been tempting you, shall we?

Personal Project

Before you go any further, make sure you have dealt with the original sin that began the foundation of your stronghold. If you have to let go of your bitterness, then let it go. If you have to put guilt and shame under the blood, then believe in the power of His blood leave the guilt on the alter. If you have put your faith in satan by giving into fear, then repent and put that sin under the blood.

Once you have done that, then you have taken the license away from him, and you have a footing to stand on. However, until you take away that license, all the strategies of war in the world, will be of no effect!

After doing all that you can do, let's move on to identifying his attacks:


1.Take an obvious stronghold in your life. Explain how this stronghold was built in your life, using the "steps 1,2,3" in chapter 6.

a. First Attack: What pictures did satan use to build that stronghold - what were the pictures that were painted in your mind?

b. Second Attack: What emotions did these pictures stir up?

c. Third Attack: What did these emotions drive you to do?

2. After you have answered these questions, keep an eye out for the first attack on your mind. That way when they surface, you can stop it, right away!

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