A stronghold is an incorrect thinking pattern. And what the devil does is he finds one little bit of truth in your life, and he hooks a lie onto it. He gets that lie onto that little truth, and then he grabs another little truth, with another lie, and all of a sudden, an incorrect thinking pattern starts crawling through your head.
Pastor Miles shares the example about failing a test. And it may be true you failed the test. But the lie is that you are never going to pass a test in your life. The devil will get his lie in that truth. And then he’ll get in another unrelated truth. “You’re never going to buy a house.” And then again, “You’re never going to have a family.” And all of a sudden you have an incorrect thinking pattern. You may have gotten fired from a job, and the devil will say that you’re never going to keep a job.
Once you establish that incorrect thinking pattern, it becomes an actual physical pathway in your brain. Then it processes a negative pattern automatically.
We’ve been talking about changing your thinking, minding your business, and having your mind on God’s business. We’ve been talking about controlling your thoughts.
There is a spiritual component to this. This is where the spiritual battle comes in. What are you thinking? Every decision you make, you have to decide, “Am I going to trust the Spirit of God or am I going to trust what I feel and think and what has happened in the past?” Where the devil has a stronghold is where he gets you to believe a lie where now you have no opportunity to believe these (good) things are true, because you’ve already bought into the devil’s lies.
1. Strongholds are self-destructive thinking patterns.
There are some people who only speak negatively. They have self-destructive thinking patterns that come out in what they say.
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, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled. 2 Cor. 10:4-6
The knowledge of God says you are loved. A stronghold says you’re not loved. The Bible says you are marvelous. So if someone says you’re not marvelous, it’s a lie. You have to choose what you’re going to believe. You have to pull down that lie with God’s truth. If somebody says something to you, ask yourself, “What does God say?”
Pastor Miles reviewed Killing Your Ants from Part 2 of this series.
- Describe the ANT in detail in writing.
- Is it true?
- Can you be 100% sure?
- How does the ANT make you feel?
- How would you feel if you did not have that thought?
- Describe the opposite of the ANT. Turn it around!
2. Strongholds are based on a wrong view of God.
Then Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious; for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription:
TO THE UNKNOWN GOD.
Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you: God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things. Acts 17:22-25
A lot of people believe the lies of the devil because they don’t understand the grace of God.
You have to understand who God is and how much He loves you.
3. Strongholds are established through vows and legal agreements.
Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.”
Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ ” Matthew 4:8-10
When you say yes to the devil, you’re saying that you’re making an agreement to trust the devil’s way rather than God’s way. When you make an agreement with the devil, what you’re telling God is that you are signing on to the devil’s contract to please you, to satisfy you, to fulfill your need. You’re no longer trusting God in that area. And as soon as you do that, you’re empowering the Liar. And then he’ll lead you in a series of other destructive decisions, and now you have a stronghold.
4. Strongholds are broken by the authority of Jesus’ name.
We are going to declare this by faith; accessing and exercising the authority that Jesus secured on the cross. He died to break the authority of the enemy in your life. He rose from the dead and He’s asking, “Do you want this authority?”
We need to exercise the authority that Jesus has given us because of what He did on the cross.
Prayer of Deliverance
- In Jesus’ name, I break all agreements and contracts I’ve made with the devil.
- In Jesus’ name, I break the power of evil spirits involved in my mind.
- In Jesus’ name, I repent of the sin of rejecting God, believing lies about myself and/or God.
- In Jesus’ name, I forgive all grudges I hold against everyone I know and choose to think about them as Christ thinks about them.
- In Jesus’ name, I choose to only believe and think about the life-giving “yes” God has on my life and reject the toxic “no” Satan speaks into my life.
- In Jesus’ name, I break all strongholds and ask for the Holy Spirit to fall upon my life. I agree with all of my heart to think like and follow Jesus.