The holiday season brings back some of the best memories of my childhood.  I love to tell and to relive each moment so that I can enjoy them again….and again

Social media proves that we love to memorialize our fondest moments by our posting of pictures.  Many of us use Timehop to relive past memories.


My generation used photo albums long before Shutterfly.

Memories keep us connected with the past, and can even form our habits and behaviors.

But what if the memories aren’t so fond? Can these bad memories also have both a behavioral and generational effect on us?

Bad memories possess the ability to wake us up in the middle of the night, or tap us on the shoulder while at work.  They attack our minds, our wills, and our emotions.

We will go so far as to set up our own defenses against them.  This is where we get the term, “defense mechanism.”bad-memories

When we tie an emotion to a memory (good or bad) we create an emotional stronghold. That’s why a certain song can take us back to the fondest of moments as well as the worst of times.  I wrote about my own experience HERE.

Although we can’t choose which memories to remember and which ones to forget, there is a way to tear down the strongholds that keep us captive and tend to control us.

Paul wrote that, “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
2 Corinthians 10:4-5

These strongholds, these emotional ties, do not have to control you. They are nothing more than arguments against the freedom that God has offered through Jesus Christ.  The power to overtake your memories comes from 2 places – and both are mentioned in the verses.

The Knowledge of God


Obedience to Christ

When these 2 things are working in your life, you will find that your memories become nothing more than a losing argument against God and his word.

It won’t be easy.  The bible is using terminology that resembles war strategies. The good news is that since these memories set themselves up against the knowledge God, He gives us His authority and His power as weapons.

I will speak in more practical terms in my next post.  Watch for it

We do not have be controlled by our unhealthy memories and past experiences.

We can live in the freedom afforded to us by God through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

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