Psalm 20:7-8 -Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God. They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen and stand upright.
According to the dictionary, the word ‘stronghold’ has various synonyms, amongst which are fortress, fort, castle, citadel, garrison, keep, tower, and hold.
A stronghold can be defined as an access point of the enemy with which he uses to distract us from aligning with God’s plans and purpose for our lives. They are thoughts, attitudes, habits, hobbies, hurts, knowledge, philosophies, teachings, and mindsets that oppose the knowledge of God and are contrary to His word.
Strongholds are the enemy’s secret weapon with which he tries to control the behaviour of the Church. Strongholds obscure the light. They limit the potentials and possibilities in one’s life. They add no value to you nor bring no benefit. They do not develop into good character. They block the light of God.
2 CORINTHIANS 10: 3-5
3 For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. 5 We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.
In the above scripture, Apostle Paul is saying that there are spiritual strongholds which need to be demolished. He points out thoughts and arguments. One can think of these arguments as thoughts or ideas you have formed that have become the foundation for how you understand things and a stronghold.
Every thought or idea that don’t glorify God or edify you must be destroyed.
CHARACTERISTICS OF NEGATIVE STRONGHOLDS
-They are located in the mind.
-They set themselves up against the knowledge of God.
-They come from a high level of demonic influence.
-They are stubborn and seem impossible to break.
-They create a double mind that results in spiritual and emotional instability.
Irrespective of all the above characteristics of strongholds that make them seem impossible to overcome, they are not.
MATTHEW 16:24 – Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.
In the above scripture, Jesus statement amounts to a paraphrase of 2 Corinthians 10:5. Denial of self is what “taking every thought captive to the obedience of Jesus Christ” is about. To take up the cross can mean dying to ourselves and speculation as well. To follow Jesus means leaving behind our ungodly understanding, thoughts, attitudes, habits, hobbies, hurts knowledge, philosophies, and submitting to His guidance and grace.
The first step to overcoming strongholds is to identify the specific behavioural patterns that are keeping you bound. You must pray and ask the Holy Spirit for his help to discern them and show you any area you are not aware of. Having done this, repent from them.
Secondly, renew your mind by meditating, memorising and confessing scriptures. Nothing stops the devil like a statement that begins with “It is written”.
Matthew 4:4 But he answered, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’
2 Corinthians 10:4; tells us that our weapons of warfare are not canal, but have the power to destroy strongholds. I believe our weapon is the word of God. In the spirit realm, the word of God is a sword that wields real not imaginary power. The only weapon we need is the word.
Finally, please know that not every thought we have is form God. Guard your thoughts! If a thought contradicts God’s Word, it is not from God and you should resist them.
For further study:
Personal declaration for the day:
I walk in the freedom that Christ has provided for me and I will not be bound again.
Questions for you to reflect on
How are keeping yourself free from negative strongholds?