Strongholds

2 Corinthians 10:3-5  – For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of strongholds.  We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.

So what is a stonghold?

Strongholds (ochyroma) – arguments and reasoning used to support an opinion against the opposition.

For lack of better terms, a belief.  Let me explain.  If I believe that Chevrolet makes the best pickups, I may support that opinion with the argument that their trucks have the best ride.  I may also reason that they have the most reliable power train in the market.  Now it may not be true, but I have such a strong opinion that it would take me experiencing something better to change my mind.

With that in mind…

Anything we believe about ourselves, outside of who we are in Christ, is a demonic stronghold.

Remember…our thoughts determine our beliefs, our beliefs determine our behavior, and our behavior determines our quality of life.

Everything pertaining to life and godliness has been made available to us in Christ (2 Peter 1:3)!  In essence…completley healthy and whole.  To get this quality of life though, you have to believe right.  To believe right, you have to think right.  This is why Paul says to “bring all thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ”.  What does this mean?  Be conscious of Jesus and what he accomplished at the cross.  See yourself in Christ, resurrected into his likeness (Rom 6:5), with no condemnation (Rom 8:1).  His thoughts will become your thoughts, and you will soon start to see a better way and change your mind (just like with the truck).  This is actually the definition of repentance (to change your mind), and God’s goodness will lead us to repentance (Rom 2:4).

So how to you destroy a stronghold?…change the way you think…and start thinking about Jesus!

“Father show us any areas that we are being robbed of the fullness of life in Christ Jesus!  Give us faith to trust you and change or minds.  Amen ”

 

 

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