2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (ERV)
“The weapons we use are not human ones. Our weapons have power from God and can destroy the enemy’s strong places. We destroy people’s arguments, and we tear down every proud idea that raises itself up against the knowledge of God. We also capture every thought and make it give up and obey Christ.”
1 Peter 5:8 encourages us to be sober-minded and alert, because the adversary (satan; evil spirits) prowl around like a roaring lion searching for someone to devour. The adversary is patient, he takes his time to study our weaknesses in order to attack at the most opportune time. One of his most effective tactics is the establishments of negative mental strongholds. Negative mental strongholds include momentous and minimal struggles that produce negative thoughts, assumptions, images, or events. The adversary use specific details to construct fortified barriers within the compartments of the mind to keep a person in bondage.
Nahum 1:7The LORD is good, A strength and stronghold in the day of trouble; He knows [He recognizes, cares for, and understands fully] those who take refuge and trust in Him.
Throughout scripture, the term stronghold is used multiple times to highlight the positive and powerful forces of God. It is easy to overlook the true spiritual meaning of the term when it’s overshadowed by the negative strongholds that are often prevalent in our lives.
2 Corinthians 10:4-5, confirms that we will battle with the negative strongholds of evil forces. Satan is our adversary and true enemy of God. He will use multiple schemes to establish strongholds in our minds. Such as, a negative perceptions of your self and/or God; negative words spoken to you by influential people (family members, friends, teachers, etc); traumatic events of childhood abuse (sexual, physical, mental); traumatic events of marital abuse (sexual, physical, mental); anger; fear; doubt; anxiety; sicknesses/infirmities; the inability to forgive (acceptance or releasing); excessive use of alcohol and/or drugs; gambling, financial hardships; failure; the inability to accept salvation; etc.
The Renewal ProcessRomans 12:2
Be Transformed by The Renewal of Your Mind
Stronghold: A place that has been fortified to protect it against an attack
The adversary establishes fortified barriers such as negative strongholds to prevent us from seeing and/or trusting in the glorious redeeming light of Christ. The weapons we use to combat negative strongholds is the Word of God. We must get the knowledge of God’s truth in us in order to effectively utilize 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 to tear down every negative stronghold or obstacle preventing us from moving forward. We must renew our minds daily with God’s Word. We must use the Word of God as our weapon to fortify our minds to become a “STRONGHOLD!” Yes, renew your mind to become a stronghold by filling it with the knowledge of God to protect it against the adversaries attacks. Using the “Word as Your Weapon” is filled with power from God and it will destroy the enemy’s fortified barriers. We must destroy every negative thought, capture every painful event, and remove every obstacle by combating it with God’s Word.
Unveil your mind to God’s Word and construct it to be a positive stronghold! Write down every negative stronghold that is prevalent in your life, find the scriptures to combat them, and keep them readily available to fight the adversary when he’s attacking you. As you are battling these negative forces, ensure your Calvary is aligned. Call on your prayer warriors, and brothers and sisters in Christ for support. I am always reachable for assistance in building and sustaining your defenses (email: firstname.lastname@example.org). Don’t fall victim to the adversaries attacks! Stand on God’s promises by running to him. The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of troubles.