Pulling Down Strongholds
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds. - Corinthians 10:3-4
What men call “salvation” is simply the first stage of God’s plan for our lives, which is to conform us in character and power to the image of Jesus Christ. If we fail to see our relationship to God as such, we will allow too many areas within us to remain unchanged. Pulling down strongholds is the demolition and removal of our old ways of thinking so that the actual presence of Jesus Christ can be manifested through us.
All successful deliverance must begin by first removing that which defends the enemy. In speaking of spiritual warfare, the apostle Paul enlists the word stronghold to define the spiritual fortresses wherein Satan and his legions hide and are protected. These fortresses exist in the thought patterns and ideas that govern individuals, families, churches, communities, and even nations. Before victory can be claimed, these strongholds must be pulled down and Satan’s armor removed. Then the mighty weapons of the Word and the Spirit can effectively plunder Satan’s house. (Excerpt: Francis Frangipane)
Father, I confess that there are many strongholds in my mind that give shelter to the enemy. Unto You oh Lord I bring my life, have your way with me. Come into my mind and take captive every one of my thoughts and make them obedient to Christ. Amen.
Pastor Greg Volich