We conquer strongholds by demolishing them!
Francis Frangipane writes in his book The Three Battlegrounds, “In speaking of spiritual warfare, the apostle Paul enlists the word ‘stronghold’ (KJV) to define the spiritual fortresses wherein Satan and his legions hide and are protected. These fortresses exist in the thought-patterns and ideas that govern individuals and churches, as well as communities and nations. Before victory can be claimed, these strongholds must be pulled down and Satan’s armor removed. Then the mighty weapons of the Word and the Spirit can effectively plunder Satan’s house.”
Paul instructs us to “be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2). Paul is aware where the primary battle is waged (our minds) and he’s trying to teach this important doctrine to the church in Corinth. (Interesting to note that it was to the church Paul was writing to and not unbelievers. Christians can certainly have demonic strongholds.)
In 2 Corinthians 10:4 Paul talks about our weapons of warfare–what they are and what they are not. Our weapons are mighty and powerful enough to destroy strongholds but they are not physical. We can’t pick them up or use them in a physical way. What exactly is it that we have been given to wield during the warfare we are destined to face?
Paul tells us that we have been given a sword (Ephesians 6:17). But our sword is not physical (2 Corinthians 10:4). Instead our sword is described as the Word of God (Ephesians 6:17, Hebrews 4:12, Revelation 1:16). The word of God can come in a variety of ways (the bible, still soft voice spoken to our hearts, audible voice, dreams, visions etc.) and we know that it’s truth (2 Timothy 3:16, Hebrews 6:18). The weapon we have been given to demolish strongholds is TRUTH! We overthrow our current false reality based on the deceitful whispers of Satan with the truth of God’s word. That’s why Jesus tells us that it’s those who know the truth that will be set free (John 8:32).
If the truth will set us free then lies will hold us in captivity. Satan’s goal is to hold every single person in captivity. He captures us by getting us to believe that the lies he creates are the only possible truth. Jesus tells us that Satan is the father of lies and that there is no truth in him (John 8:44). If we can understand that the issues tormenting us (addiction) have been established and protected by lies, we can finally begin to chase freedom with hope that previously seemed all but lost.
In order to pull down and overthrow a stronghold we must expose it. We must discover what lies we have based our truth on.
What lies have you based your truth on?
What strongholds have you overthrown?