- What are strongholds?
These are faulty thinking patters that are conceived from lies and deceptions of the enemy (the devil).
The devil uses deception to keep us from walking in our full identity in Christ and receiving all the promises God has for us. Satan is the master of all lies. Jesus Christ and everything in the Living Word is God’s Truth.
How do we tear down strongholds in our lives?
We have to use God’s truth. The more time you spend in the Word of God – reading it and meditating on it – the stronger you become against demonic strongholds in Christ. Scripture even tells us that God equips us with weapons of the Spirit that tear down strongholds.
2 Corinthians 10:4 (KJV)
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds.
- What are these spiritual weapons?
The number one weapon we have is the Bible. God’s Word is His breath, it is Truth, and it is Life. It is alive and active, and sharper than any double-edge sword (Heb. 4:12). His Word is what feeds our spirits and keeps us on the path of righteousness. Just like natural food nourishes our body, His Word keeps our spirit alive.
We cannot know all the good plans that God has for us if we are not spending time in His Word. This is how the enemy sneaks in and plants seeds of lies of deception in our minds. We can be prepared to fight against that!
Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
What lies are you believing?
Most of the time we don’t realize the strongholds we carry until we spend more time with the Lord. The more Truth we receive, the more opposition we start to feel from our flesh. God starts to give us revelation and discernment to what is His Truth and what is a lie.
The enemy likes to use those who are closest to us to deliver lies and deceive us from believing God’s truth. A lot of times, the first forms of deception we receive are from our parents, siblings, and other close relatives. Then you might start to receive lies from close friends and other loved ones.
These individuals may not even be aware that the enemy is using them as an instrument, but that is why it is important to test the spirits. If something doesn’t align with God’s word, then it is a lie from the enemy. Always step back and ask Holy Spirit before fully receiving a word or anything from somebody.
Ex: “You’re unlovable.” “You’re weird.” “You can’t do anything right.” “You’re bad luck.” “Nobody cares for you.” “God doesn’t love you.” “God doesn’t even know you exist.” “You’re not special.” “You’re too old.” “It’s too late.” THESE ARE LIES FROM THE ENEMY.
- Two Common Types of Strongholds:
- Wrong ideas about God
How do you carry wrong ideas about God? You do not know who God is and you do not understand how He sees you. You don’t see Him as your loving Father, but as an angry, distant God who doesn’t care for you but who only wants to punish you. This is not true.
God loves you so much, that He doesn’t care what you’ve done or what you’ve been through as long as you come to Him and seek Him with all your heart. If you were the only person on earth, Jesus would come and die just for you. He wants a relationship with you more than you can imagine.
- Wrong ideas about yourself
These ideas keep you from living in the victory that Jesus paid for and keep you feeling like a victim to your circumstances. You carry guilt, shame, pain, rejection, abandonment, anger, hatred, and depression around with you everywhere because you’re believing the lie that you are not free. Jesus already paid the price for you to walk in your identity and authority in Christ.
The enemy wants you to keep suffering and searching for your identity in the world. You can only find who you were destined to be when you know Jesus and what He says about you in His Word. He has given you freedom, adoption to sonship, joy, peace, love, abundance, favor, grace, and so much more! People, drugs, sex, pills, alcohol, and money cannot give you what God can – not even a fraction of it.
- Fight the lies with God’s truth!
The only way to come back the lies is with the Word of God. And the only way to use the Word of God is to read and meditate on it. By just doing that, you are already shattering the bonds of the enemy from your mind, heart, and life.