A few days ago, I reached out to my stepmother on behalf of my recent struggles spiritually concerning strongholds that I had been facing. She had given me a book called: Praying God’s Word – By Beth Moore. I must say, it is so far a great book, it’s loaded with verses and it’s even packed with great insight towards furthering your intimacy with God and the ability to overcome the struggles many of us may face daily, specifically those of us who are believers. I decided to share what I’ve discovered so far.
So first, what exactly is a stronghold?
- A stronghold is anything that exalts itself in our minds, “pretending” to be bigger or more powerful than our God. It steals most of our focus, and causes us to feel overpowered. Controlled. Mastered. Whether stronghold is an addiction, unforgiveness for a person who has hurts us, or despair over a loss, it is something that consumes so much of our emotional energy, that our abundant life is strangled. A stronghold sets itself up against the knowledge of God. Our callings remain largely unfulfilled and our believing lives are virtually ineffective. – Praying God’s Word By Beth Moore
“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” – II Corinthians 10:3-5
So, from the reading above, we are given a more clearer conclusion that is telling us that a stronghold is your problems telling you that your God has no match for them. When in reality, our God is bigger than any of our problems. Many times, we have allowed our strongholds to consume our entire beings, but we must remember that our problems to God is nothing but a tiny speck that can easily be swept away, but only if you allow him to.
What is the Battlefield?
- In any warfare waged by the enemy against the individual believer, the primary battlefield is the (mind.)
The goal of our warfare is to steal back our thought life and to take it captive to Christ instead. The enemy’s chief target is the mind because the most effective way to influence behavior is to influence thinking. Our minds are the control centers to our entire beings. You must downsize anything that has a hold on you until you have, in effect, commanded it to bend the knee to the authority of Christ.
What are our Weapons?
2 Corinthians: 3-5 KJV makes it clear to us that in order to fight against the strongholds, we must use our weapons. But by the given term “weapons,” what exactly does God mean?
They are not the weapons of this world.
They have divine power
They are associated with the divine power of God.
Their purpose in warfare is to take our thoughts captive.
God isn’t telling us that we must pull out our guns, because we can’t shoot spirits away physically. For we must remember, we are not at war with flesh and blood (Ephesians 6:10-18), our weapons are not carnal but rather spiritual. God tells us to throw on the whole armour of God.
Ephesians 6:10-18 KJV
” Finally my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take into you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all to stand.
Stand therefore, having on the breastplate of righteousness, and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, where with ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God: Praying alway with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;”
Whole Armour of God
Breastplate of righteousness
Feet shod with preparation of the gospel of peace
Shield of faith
Helmet of Salvation
The original Greek word for power is the adjective form of the term dunamai meaning “to be able.” Strongholds can’t be swept away with a spiritual broom. We can’t fuss at them and make them flee. We can’t ignore them and make them disappear. They have to be demolished. If you were to tear a house down, would you grab a few sticks and stones, and scream at it until it fell down? Of course not! You would put 2 dynamites throughout the house in different areas to destroy it. In this case, concerning spiritually, our 2 dynamites are simple: prayer and intimacy. It’s time to ignite.
What do I mean by intimacy? God yearns for us to become intimate with him, he wants us to have a relationship with him. Yes, God wants to bring us to healing, but he also wants us to know our Healer as well. Through Christ shewing his love for us by dying on the cross, through him we have the ability to have a relationship with God.
Prayerless lives are powerless lives; but the ultimate goal God has for us is not power, but rather personal intimacy with him. To know him. To love him. To serve him. Remember, nothing is bigger or more powerful than God. We must learn to fully engage in this and willingly pour our lives on his alter and make the effort, the same way Christ took hold of us and made the effort (Phil. 3:12).
The following excerpts were found from Praying God’s Word By Beth Moore. I encourage my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ to read it, it’s a great book. I pray for those of you who may be fighting to overcome your own personal strongholds, in hopes that this message may give you knowledge and insight. Thank you to those of you who took your time out to read this.