Spiritual Warfare for Beginners, Part 2
Pulling Down Strongholds
We are told to demolish the strongholds in our minds. What is a stronghold? A stronghold is a fortified place occupying the mind. It is like military base set up in the mind to operate incognito, because we don’t know it’s there. A spiritual stronghold needs to remain hidden for it to be effective. How does it get there? A thought enters the mind, we entertain the thought, and the thought (made of electrical energy) gets established, creating a mindset. That mindset skews our knowledge of God. Don’t give an audience to every thought that enters your mind. If we remain in denial, the enemy can continue to harm us from that place of concealment.
The Word of God is a weapon. That is what we use to wage warfare against the strongholds—we replace them with the Word. All believers are engaged in an epic spiritual struggle against the forces of darkness. We must not fight as someone in the world, with physical weapons, which are useless in a spiritual war. The purpose of a spiritual weapon, according to scripture, is to demolish strongholds, to expose ground where the enemy is trying to hide. In 2 Corinthians 10:5, Paul describes a stronghold as an argument or a lofty opinion that is raised against the knowledge of God. A stronghold is fashioned when we are deceived about who God really is. That is the purpose of satan, to cause us to question God. So when you have a question arising against God, it means your understanding is skewed. That skewed understanding enables the enemy to continue to operate against you. A spiritual argument seeks to refute your knowledge of God. Anytime you believe something about God that isn’t the truth, you’ve accepted a skewed version of God. That skewed version of God shows that there is likely a stronghold set up in your mind. We can abolish those lies by embracing the truth. The truth is, God love you! His love casts out fear, so the stronghold of fear cannot keep us in bondage. We pull down strongholds with God’s Word. Replace a false thought with God’s Word. These important points are explained in more detail in this message, delivered by Dr. Dowdy on Feb. 23, 2020.
2 Corinthians 10:3–5 NKJV
3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 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.
LOJWC Focus Scripture for 2020
Mark 11:25–26 NKJV
25 “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. 26 But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.”
This service has been separated into two parts. We encourage you to enjoy both!
Foundation Scripture for LOJWC Ministry:
“For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.” Mark 11:23
What We Believe:
We believe in God, the Father, Almighty, and in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried. On the third day he rose again according to Scripture. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father, from whence he shall come to judge the living and the dead. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the third person of the God-head, who revealed himself on the day of Pentecost. We believe in the gifts of the Spirit and their continuous operation in the body of Christ. And we believe in one holy, universal, and apostolic church. Amen.
We conduct spiritual warfare. It begins with us as we speak God’s word and speak to our bodies, minds, and emotions. Therefore we make a faith confession which says: “Satan, in the Name of Jesus, I declare this body a sickness-disease-free zone. Every germ, virus, bacterium, etc., that touches this body dies instantly in the name of Jesus, who bore my sicknesses, carried my diseases, and by whose stripes I have been healed. Therefore I command life into every cell in this body, I receive healing for my emotions from every past embedded hurtful, fearful memory. I speak active deliverance from the law of sin and death, according to the finished works of Jesus the Christ, the anointed and His anointing.”
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