2 Corinthians 10:4 - "The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to tear down strongholds."
Wherever a stronghold exists, it is a demonically induced pattern of thinking. Specifically, it is a "house made of thoughts" which has become a dwelling place for satanic activity. The strongholds upon which demons rely consists of our own thoughts, attitudes, and opinions which are in agreement with evil. The strongholds that affect us most are those which are so hidden in our thinking patterns that we do not recognize them or identify them as evil.
Matthew 12:37 - "For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned."
Today!....I make up my mind that I'm going to speak life to my situation and circumstances. I am going to the word of God to find out what He has to say about me and my situation, and I'm going to say what He says.
Today!...I curse the wrong words I've spoken over my life and begin to speak the words of life I'm supposed to speak.
Proverbs 6:2 - 'You are snared (trapped) with the words of your lips, you are caught by the speech of your mouth.'
Proverbs 18:21 - 'Death and life are in the power of the tongue.'
l Corinthians 3:18,19 - "Make no mistake about it: if anyone of you thinks of himself as wise, in the ordinary sense of the word, then he must learn to be a fool before he really can be wise. Why? Because the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God...God is not convinced by the arguments of the wise."
On our own we cannot comprehend how to grow and live in oneness with God. Nothing in the world's wisdom, nothing in our human knowledge can match the wisdom of God which is eternal and from above.
The only way to receive wisdom from God is to come before Him (submitting your spirit to Him), pushing away every bit of understanding you think you have gained, and each day, offer yourself as a servant who is willing to do the lowest job.
As long as you allow the spirit of "superior knowledge" to secretly overtake you -- that is, to be master of you of your own soul -- you will be as powerless in spirit as a slave -- always subject to your lower nature.