Strongholds of Darkness

Strongholds of Darkness

by Pamela Schuster

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This book is an attempt to write about my Christian experience as a childhood abuse survivor. I wanted to encourage others who may be struggling with their Christian walk, as I have, and who may have come from a similar background as I. I suspect that some have tried Christianity, given up on it, and turned to other religions or even the purely occult and new age/mind skills stuff that is out there now. It took over 16 years of seeking for answers my life needed after I got born again before I STARTED to recognize that my inner man neediness was coming from strongholds of darkness which were within me. Those strongholds got put into me through childhood abuse and were so ingrained in me that I was unable to recognize them as darkness and thought they were just a part of my personality. It took special preaching to help me 'have eyes to see' the darkness and God had parts of the body of Christ who could help me. I just needed to discover them.
I still have a long way to go in this inner healing process even though I am now 73 years old. I have been seeking life answers for all my 47 years as a Christian. I did not find many 'experiences' with the Presence of God, or the Love of God, or relationship with Jesus as I heard preached about, and as my heart wanted and still wants. I have been chastised by God only a couple of times because He is so patient. I found instead God's gift to me, the Word of God, the Bible, God's Truth. That Truth changed my life when I could rightly 'hear' it. I cannot overemphasize the importance of spending much time in God's Word. I may not 'feel' God's Presence close to me but I know from His Word that He is always right there with me (Hebrews 13:5). The inner hurting I had from childhood is negligible now- the act of 'being alive' is no longer emotional/mental work for me 24 hours a day– I no longer feel something within constantly sucking LIFE out of me. I no longer feel like I am in water up to my neck, struggling to keep my head above water. The black bottomless pit(s) I had within me are recognized and at least one is gone. I recognize unhealthy love and that no longer hurts– I can call it a bondage and know I never want to experience it again. I call melancholy, despair and hopelessness a part of the kingdom of darkness and have no regrets for learning that and no hurting because it used to be part of my life. The sense of reality being about 2 feet in front of me and that I cannot get into it, (always observing life and not participating in it) is mostly gone. With the Lord's help I am now seeing that my heart and soul- my inner man - was bound up tightly with satanic strongholds of darkness. If I can recognize a stronghold of darkness within me I can tear down that stronghold with the truth of the Word and who I am as a child of God. I can cast out demons that are present in the strongholds, or get help doing that from deliverance ministers. The neediness, woundedness, hurting (just like the melancholy, despair, hopelessness) all those years were all works of the devil (satanic strongholds in me). Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil. Those things in me truly were sorrow of the world working death in me (2Cor 7:10).

Because of spiritual error in prayer that happened for a while, I had direct experience with the kingdom of darkness and 'felt' the presence of evil and how horrible and inhuman it is. I have experienced the personhood boundary violations of the occult ways, something that God NEVER does.

Through the Truth of the Word of God, the Bible, and the grace of God toward my life, I am more a whole person than I have ever been. If I can recognize that what is going on in my inner man is part of darkness I can demand of Satan to release me because Jesus already won the victory over darkness for me and each and every one of us.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161431399
Publisher: Pamela Schuster
Publication date: 06/15/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 449 KB

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