Strongholds are lies of the enemy waiting to be agreed with and accepted.
The moment that a stronghold forms in our mind, it becomes our comfort zone. People become so used to thinking about their sickness or fear that they become comfortable with it, and that comfort keeps them from wanting change.
Steps that lead to creating a stronghold:
- A suggestion
- A mindset
- A stronghold
- A reprobate mind
A thought produces a habit. A habit becomes a set behavior. Behavior forms character. Character produces a destiny.
A thought can abort your destiny.
People come to church with things they have been thinking about and leave the same way because they have given the enemy the legal right to dwell in their mind and lives.
What causes strongholds?
- Home and family
Categories of strongholds:
What do we fight daily?
- Fear of man
- Sexual inclinations
What do strongholds do to us?
- Strongholds block our spiritual perception.
- Strongholds modify our behavior.
- Strongholds limit God’s perspective of the future.
- Strongholds stop our progress.
- Strongholds cause stagnation.
- Strongholds can cause us to abort and/or delay our purpose and destiny.
- Strongholds can control us.
- Strongholds can constrain us.
How can we be free of strongholds?
- Acknowledge the thought
Before we repent, we must acknowledge our condition. We can’t repent if we don’t acknowledge that we have a stronghold. Once we acknowledge it, the next step is repentance.
Preachers, you must repent for not leading the people to repentance. Self-help gospels do not lead people to repentance; they make people believe that they can live in their own terms, strength, and ability. We can’t do it in our own strength, but God will give us supernatural grace to repent. When we repent, the stronghold is destroyed and removed.
- Repent for entertaining bad thoughts
Repent for entertaining the thoughts of unbelief, immorality, and the desire to quit. Preachers, repent for not leading people to repentance and acknowledge that you cannot change anything until you repent. If you lie, gossip, lack faith, or watch pornography, that’s sin. Jesus—at the cross—removed every stronghold, but we need to appropriate that deliverance. When we repent, we change the way we think. We might think that no one is aware of our thoughts, but God knows.
Flies are attracted to decay—bad thoughts and actions—and in the spirit realm, an antenna is coming out of you to attract demons to you. Repentance must come from the heart to unravel what the enemy has been attached to. It is hard to repent if we are not willing to die. It’s hard to repent when we like sin. We need to die to the carnal self and repent; otherwise, strongholds will rise in and around us.
Discipline and Self-control
God cannot do this for us. He will do the supernatural, but we need to do the natural. We must purpose in our hearts not to do the wrong thing or to think the wrong thought. We must remind ourselves where we came from and decide that we are not going back—not even in thought. We have to decide to rebuke every thought that is trying to build viper’s nests in our mind. When we do our part in the natural, God gives us the power and the authority to rebuke carnal thoughts.
Submit and take captive every thought to the lordship of Christ.
“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 Corinthians 10:5-6
Arguments are different than reasoning. The devil always has an argument that will make us feel guilty. If the argument and thought don’t go away, it’s because we are still disobedient in that area. If we choose not to repent in that particular area, the thought will not go away. We must be in complete obedience in that area. When we do that, we remove the right of the enemy to control us in that area. Don’t let the enemy stay in your mind; do not give the enemy a foothold.
Pray in the Spirit
“For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries.” 1 Corinthians 14:2
In most churches, people have stopped praying and singing in the spirit because they are afraid of offending people. Praying in tongues surpasses arguments and reason. When we pray in the spirit, we pray beyond reason and beyond our mind. We will face situations that we will not understand, but if we pray in tongues, we will bypass reason and conquer the situation.
Praise and Worship
“Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth and deep darkness the people; but the Lord will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you. The Gentiles shall come to your light and kings to the brightness of your rising.” Isaiah 60:1-3
Let us put on the garment of praise. Even when we don’t understand everything that is going on around us, we need to put on the garment of praise, and praise Him. Praise is a sacrifice. Regardless of how we feel or if we do or don’t feel like it, we should lift up our hands and praise Him—make that sacrifice! Praise breaks up the atmosphere of our thinking. When we praise, we create something new around us. Let us praise and worship and create the atmosphere of heaven everywhere we go. Worship is like therapy that synchronizes with our mind. If we listen to worldly music after worshipping God, it creates an atmosphere where good soil will be made available for the enemy to plant his seeds of destruction.
Continually Renew the Mind
When the mind is not renewed, we tend to repeat the same cycles in our life. If we are not continually renewed, within a few months, we will be back where we started.
The offense will always come, and there will always be people that get offended. Not letting go of an offense is a sign of immaturity. Offended people eventually leave the church and begin to criticize the things they used to do while in the church. The moment people disconnect, they become stagnant and return to where they came from. The moment we stop renewing the mind, we begin to disconnect from the things of God, and the things we used to consider sin eventually become acceptable and no longer a sin.
We need to be strengthened, changed, transformed, and delivered. When we stop renewing our mind, what we have left is religion. The renewing of the mind is supernatural, not natural, and it is guided by the Holy Spirit.
“I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” Psalms 27:13
Thank God for His goodness. Praise Him for His mighty works, and worship Him for who He is! Don’t just thank Him with words; give Him an offering too. He doesn’t need money in heaven, but it’s a way to give Him thanks.
Call to Action
Right now, wherever you are, repeat this prayer:
Father God, I come before you today as your son/daughter. In the name of Jesus, I repent and I acknowledge that I have been entertaining thoughts that the enemy has sent to my mind; thoughts of doubt, unbelief, judgment, and self pity. Lord, I repent. I acknowledge my condition. I acknowledge, therefore, I repent. I change my thinking. Forgive me, Lord, for entertaining, playing with, and giving the enemy the opportunity to invade my mind. Cleanse me with your blood. I receive and appropriate your forgiveness. I stand up and speak to myself. I exercise self-control. I crucify my flesh, thoughts, and desires, and I let Jesus live through me. I renounce every thought that rises against the knowledge of Jesus. I cast them out and remove every thought sent by the enemy, and I declare myself free! Jesus, I decide to renew my mind and to be continually renewed by the Holy Spirit, His presence, and Your revelation. I renounce every stronghold in my mind. Right now, I am free! Amen!