For the weapons of our warfare are not human weapons, but are made powerful by God for tearing down strongholds… (2 Cor. 10:4 NET)
Spiritual strongholds are areas that Satan and the kingdom of darkness have a firm grip on our lives. They might control our lives, even without our knowledge. One of Satan’s greatest accomplices in our lives is our ignorance. “My people perish for lack of knowledge”, God has told us. When we do not recognize Satan and his methods of controlling our lives, he thrives.
Our zeal about spiritual warfare has blurred our understanding of what the Bible says spiritual strongholds are. We often think of some curse, familial spirit, demonic oppression or even possession, etc. Yes, these things are Satanic and are real, but they are not Satan’s stronghold on the human race. Some of you reading this devotional might never have been openly oppressed by a spirit, or been under a demonic curse or even involved in some defense against witchcraft or sorcery. That does not mean Satanic activity is silent in your life. You may be surprised how much of your “normal day” might have been under demonic influence. This is not to scare you, neither make you start seeing demons in everything. It is to open your eyes to the Word that demons work in ways many people are unaware of.
Satan’s stronghold on the human life is in our minds. The next verse of the scripture above tells us this truth very clearly “ We tear down arguments and every arrogant obstacle that is raised up against the knowledge of God, and we take every thought captive to make it obey Christ. (2 Cor. 10:4-5 NET). Strongholds are demonic lies we have believed-not just lies, but lies we have believed. Atheism is a lie, and it is so strong that the atheist will prefer to die than change his mind. That is a stronghold. That individual is blinded, lost for all eternity, and cut off from God. If you search your heart carefully, you might be surprised at how much falsehood you have believed which are controlling your life on a DAILY BASIS. Do you know that believing that “you will not have enough money to meet that need” can be your stronghold that will produce anxiety, worry, fear and paralyze your faith will one thing after the other?
Do you know that Peter denying Jesus was a Satanic attack? There was “nothing Satanic or demonic” in denying Jesus three times but that was Satan coming against Peter. If Peter had believed the lie, that because of his failure, he was never going to be good enough, then we would not have had Peter the Apostle that has blessed generations. Jesus told Peter just before the event “And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren” (Lk. 22:31-32 KJV).
Know the enemy, especially in the light of the scriptures. The greatest revelation of demonic activity and Satan is not someone’s experience in the world of the spirit. It is God’s Word. Guard your heart with all diligence, for therein lies the stronghold of Satan in your life. Some of us reading this devotional might be continually being oppressed because you are still believing in a lie in your life. The stronghold for that disease, curse, poverty, fear, or satanic oppression, might be a lie you are believing. Know and believe the truth and that stronghold will fall.
Think deeply about this-are there thoughts and believes that are controlling your life and you are unaware of?
Ask the Lord to show you every area in your life that you might be believing a lie and not even know it.
ACT ON THE WORD
You shall know the truth and the truth will set you free. Do not accept any lie, no matter how small it is. For example, someone reading this devotional might have “silently believed” that “you can never be joyful in life”. Is that what the Bible says? No. That stronghold will attract all sorts of things to your life that will ensure that you are really never joyful and will give you the “proof” to convince you that the lie was indeed true. You pull down spiritual strongholds in your mind and heart by knowing and believing the truth. The Word of God is God’s truth. Systematically search your heart, uproot all hidden lies and replace them with God’s Word.
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