A stronghold is a fortress, a hold, or a fortification. It’s when the enemy has a foothold in our lives.
After a very challenging couple of months, I’m back with a new powerful Bible study. This is Part I of a two-study series (Part II is on the process of sanctification). Strongholds need to be uprooted because they will not only prevent our sanctification, they will also prevent us from obtaining eternal life. A stronghold is a pattern of sin or disobedience that the mind attempts to justify and/or rationalize.
This is a teaching which I gave at my church a couple of Sabbaths ago. Apologies for the few show notes, you’ll just have to listen to the podcast!
The main scriptures I refer to in this study are:
Revelation 12:17 and Ephesians 6:10 – 20 provide evidence that we’re in a spiritual war.
2 Corinthians 10:3-6 is the main scripture the study is based on. 2 Corinthians 10:6 demonstrates that the underlying issue is disobedience. The battlefield is the mind which furnishes arguments and reasonings that go against the knowledge of God.
John 17:3 is the evidence that the strongholds can prevent us from obtaining eternal life because they go against the knowledge of God, and the knowledge of God is eternal life.
Ephesians 4:27 tells us to leave no place to the devil. A stronghold is a place that the devil has carved out for himself in some area of our lives. We need to cast him out.
How do we win the battle against strongholds? What hope do we have against such a powerful enemy?
Psalm 51:6 tells us that God desires truth in the inward parts, and that is why the belt of truth is worn around the belly.
Hebrews 4:12 reassures us that the Word of God can go deep and perform surgery in our flesh, mind or heart.
Psalm 107:20 reassures us that no matter what the pattern of self-destruction or self-sabotage, God is well able to heal us of it as long as we diligently study His Word.
The armor helps us to guard the avenues to our souls so that we may not sin against the Lord (Proverbs 4:23).
Once we’ve successfully removed a stronghold with God’s help and by His Spirit, we can move on to the next stage which is sanctification.