Pulling Down Strongholds
What is a Stronghold?
In worldly parlance a Strong hold / fortress A sin or a sinful attitude that is fortified or strengthened until you can’t overcome it Sin - evil action or habit Sinful attitude - a worldview The OED defines worldview as particular philosophy of life; a concept(view) of the world held by an individual or a group. It is the lens through which you see and filter everything in life.
Ed Silvoso defines a stronghold as a mindset impregnated with hopelessness that causes us to accept something that we know is contrary to the will of God. A stronghold is a besetting sin, can’t get rid of it - stronghold.
Strong hold IS A fortress Fortified area in our life, where Satan has built a wall around a sin, it has us in its strong grip. Powerful, vigorously protected spiritual realities.
A few strongholds that are common to most Christians.
Fear Resentment Bitterness Unforgiveness Apathy Unbelief Depression Anxiety Lukewarmness Sinful thoughts Lust Pride Greed Drugs Alcohol ography Race Prejudice Discrimination Materialism Hedonism MEism Homosexuality
Where do strongholds come from, how are they established, what is their purpose?Before we get saved, come to God, we are carnal and at enmity with God. We have a worldly, carnal, sinful nature. Our heart and mind are polluted by sinful strongholds that Satan has established in us. Footholds are territory that you surrender to Satan. Satan cannot rob or steal any of your territory he cannot make you do anything. Satan has no power to take your territory, your mind or your heart. BUT he can squat on any territory you willingly surrender, and when you do, he gets a foothold, an opening, you surrender an area of your mind or life to him. When Satan gets enough of these footholds in your territory, your nature, your worldview, your conscience become evil.