1479PULL DOWN THE STRONGHOLDS
- Feb 5 12:01 AMDearly Beloved,
PULL DOWN THE STRONGHOLDS
"For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling
down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts
itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity
to the obedience of Christ" (2 Corinthians 10:4-5, NKJV).
There are many strongholds that the evil one is using against the Christian
as an individual and as a whole. What are these strongholds? How can we pull
The ordinary definitions of the word "stronghold" do not connote any evil
sense. However, one usage of the word in the Bible gives us more insight
into the necessity of the theme. The only place that the word stronghold is
used in the New Testament is in 2 Corinthians 10:4 where it is used
metaphorically of those things in which mere human confidence is imposed. It
is here beautifully used to denote the various obstacles resembling a
fortress which exist, and which are designed and adapted to oppose the truth
and the triumph of the Christian's cause.
These strongholds are what Paul referred to as "the rulers �the authorities
� the powers of this dark world and �the spiritual forces of evil in the
heavenly realms" (Ephesians 6:12, NIV). They can be described as an
atmosphere of darkness that has been strengthened or fortified for attack
and affliction. They are the realms of spiritual warfare where the power of
darkness strives to weaken the divine authority, usurp God's authority and
thwart the plan and purpose of God for His creation.
Satan operates his strongholds in many areas. There are personal strongholds
that lay siege against the individual in order to influence the life of the
person negatively. No wonder, Job lamented, "Man born of woman is of few
days and full of trouble" (Job 14:1, NIV). There are family strongholds that
manifest in/through area of family life. The devil sees other institutions
apart from the family as his catchments where he could prowl and thrive well
in his activities. There are many satanic confederations that are operating
as allies of the kingdom of darkness. They manifest themselves in the other
religions of the world. These are what Paul referred to as "arguments and
every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God" and
"every thought" that we are to be pulled down and made "�obedient to Christ"
in 2 Corinthians 10:4-5. Moreover, there are community and territorial
strongholds where Satan and his cohorts build formidable but invisible walls
against geographical locations for firm possession and control that are
determined by a lot of factors.
Inasmuch as these strongholds are spiritual strongholds, it will require
spiritual means to pull them down. Paul stated, "The weapons we fight with
are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to
demolish strongholds" (2 Corinthians 10:4, NIV). This divine power is the
kingdom power � the ability and authority of the King (God or Jesus Christ)
that He has bestowed upon the people of His kingdom. This is the reason why
Paul advised, "�be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the
full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's
schemes�. so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your
ground, and after you have done everything, to stand" (Ephesians 6:10-13,
NIV). The armour of God consists of godly virtues of truth, righteousness,
peace, faith, and salvation as the defensive weapons, and the word of God
and prayer as the offensive weapons (Ephesians 6:14-18).
What are those strongholds that Satan and his cohorts have built against
you? We cannot pretend as if they are not there. Human resources and power
cannot pull down these strongholds. They are like the wall of Jericho that
required obedience to divine instructions in order to pull it down (see
Joshua 6). You also will be able to pull down all the strongholds of the
devil in your life if you can be obedient to God's instructions in His
words, the Bible, by putting on the whole armour of God and fight the battle
with the power of the kingdom. Victory is yours!
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
This is an abridged version of one of my recent write-ups. Send a request
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write-up. God bless you!
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
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"I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have
sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body,
whether by life or by death. FOR TO ME, TO LIVE IS CHRIST AND TO DIE IS
GAIN" (Philippians 1:20-21, NIV).
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