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I really appreciated this article,  “How To Train Your Flea (Or, How To Control Others)”  It’s just packed with practical wisdom about breaking strongholds, setting fleas free.

I’ve never heard of the flea analogy before, but it’s much gentler than the one about frogs. I do know strongholds can be a bit like putting a frog in a pot of hot water. He’ll just jump out. But if you put him in cold water and just slowly turn the heat up, he won’t even realize he’s trapped in a prison.

Child abuse, our lives, the world, sin, a million things can come against us, the Father of all lies really, numerous deceptions that can separate us from God’s love and lower our quality of life. It impacts most of us, even good and faithful Christians.

Paul speaks of this in 2 Corinthians 10:3-5.  For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:  (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)  Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”

All in good humor here, but I am a spiritual warfare ninja who has built some might muscles there. So, so many strongholds, I sometimes feel like one of those Russian dolls, where you uncover one layer of deception and find a dozen more within.

I am forever engaged in this process of renewing my mind, of breaking strongholds, of bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. We are no longer slaves to our circumstances, to our past, to other people’s poor behavior. Jesus Christ came to set the captives free. Healing is possible, restoration is possible, freedom is possible.

Jesus Christ is freedom, healing, and life abundant.

Kind of a cute word play on the word “indoctrinate,” one antonym, an opposite for the word “indoctrinated,” is actually “to clean.” We’re all indoctrinated in some way. We are what we eat, and if we’ve had to eat too much of the enemy’s garbage, we’re often  in need of a good cleanse.

I love the words of Jesus in  John 13:8-9, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.” And Simon Peter says, “Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head….”