Breaking Free From Strongholds

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How can church leaders approach the uncharted places of their hearts, to deal with the brokenness and challenges that are there so that they can look more like Jesus? In this 32-minute session from the 2013 RightNow Conference, Eric Mason, Lead Pastor of Epiphany Fellowship in Philadelphia, explains how strongholds of unbelief keeps believers from maximizing their potential in God in all areas of their life. 

As you watch this session, take notes and write down thoughts about how this session can impact your role. 

Eric defined strongholds as, "…an epicenter of unbelief that we have in the matrix of our lives that exalts itself against the knowledge that’s only revealed through Jesus Christ." 

Is there anything in your life that makes itself better than Jesus? Is there anything that looks more powerful than the cross in your life and ministry? Is there anything in your life and ministry that looks more renewing than the resurrection?
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How have strongholds conformed you? What difficulties have the biggest grip on how you see yourself? Do these things pull you away from the Lord? How so?
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In order to tackle our strongholds, Eric encouraged us to encounter God and do the following:
  1. See yourself as God sees you—a man of great valor.
  2. Vent unbelief and be honest with God.
  3. Change your perspective and face your stronghold head on.

What stronghold do you need to share with God? Have you attempted to manage or ignore your stronghold rather than facing your stronghold head-on? What has been the results of this approach?
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Eric said, "God loves you and God is waiting for you, to participate in your sanctification and your growth by going into the hardest places that you don’t want to go, but the places that He wants to go. Because in the hardest places that God challenges and deals with in your life, are some of the greatest and most effective places of testimony to see other people lives change."

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