Warfare

 

Spiritual Warfare / Strongholds

Greetings!

I since there may be some who need to hear a few words on this subject of warfare or maybe someone struggling with a stronghold. One of the reasons we do spiritual warfare is to maintain our place of victory over all the forces of darkness that Christ has given us and to keep oppression out of our lives and atmosphere.

But when a stronghold is already in place then we have to trace back and see how we have given place to the enemy and work with the lord to close this door. Some strongholds are only conquered through prayer and fasting. Some strongholds are overcome by replacing the thoughts connected to it with truth.  This is the best way. Because if the stronghold was formed out of the lies of satan, then Jesus said as we continue in his word that we shall know the truth and the truth shall make us free as Christ is John 8:31,32 Jesus always spoke the truth when the enemy attacked him. Therefore Jesus was never under oppression but went about healing all that were oppressed of the devil. When a stronghold is developed in our minds this is hard to tear down but not impossible. Once a stronghold is formed then oppression sets in to keep us under these strongholds (mindsets). We have to be willing to do whatever the Lord says in order to get rid of strongholds.

We should pray and ask the Lord how He wants you to deal with this area of oppression. In Psalm 62:10  when it talks about not trusting in oppression this means to not yield to oppression. When we trust in the Lord we rely on Him and we yield to Him. When satan shows up to oppress us we are to give no place to him. This is what it means to not trust in oppression, (or overcoming strongholds) we refuse to yield to his thoughts, perceptions, magnifications, displaced emotions or any physical symptoms he tries to get us to look at. In temptation it is all about what I am looking at. We either look to God and what He says, or we look at what satan says his thoughts and lies. The first brings freedom and the other brings a stronghold that leads to oppression.

It doesn’t matter what type of oppression it is, there is always a way out of it. Jesus is Lord, not satan. In my own life overcoming the spirit of rejection required my complete obedience to the Lord. I had to identify the voice of the enemy first and begin resisting this whispering voice that was connected to the stronghold. Then I had to move with the Lord to start binding up this force of darkness and all it’s ways and perception. Then the Lord led me to do put some  fasting into the mix and the Lord has given me victory over this force of rejection. Now I maintain my place of victory, with the things He has shown me that are vital to walk free every day. When satan shows up he comes to check us out to see if we are connected to Jesus or to him. Satan can’t have any place in us or over us if we don’t have any of his thoughts or ways lodged in us.

Satan is a evil taskmaster and always uses fear tactics and pride to keep a stronghold in place. Scripture teaches us that fear has torment. That is how we know satan is in the atmosphere, tormenting thoughts are still present. Once we are willing to face our giants (strongholds) and do what the Lord says, then the stronghold is won over to the Lord and now the Lord has a stronghold in our lives for every good thing He has prepared for us. Our God is a jealous God He doesn’t want to share the temple (our hearts) with demonic strongholds. There is no darkness or fear in Jesus, perfect Love (Jesus) casts out all fear because fear has torment. Binding and loosing is the way to shut down these thoughts that satan brings to torment and oppress. We bind up the force of darkness behind it and the thoughts related to it and continue in the word consistently till we experience total breakthrough. Some times we experience only a level of victory because we don’t continue binding and loosing. It is a continual process not a one time experience. It’s tough at times to maintain our posture of victory over all the forces of darkness but it is worth it to experience Gods presence in all these areas of our lives that satan once bullied us over but now Jesus is Lord over the whole house.

Be encouraged, if the Lord is bringing anything to the surface in your life it is for the purpose of bringing you into victory over all your past and over all the things the enemy has used against you for evil. Remember always that Jesus is the greater one that lives in you, than he (satan) that is in the world.

We love you in Christ Our Lord! Jeff DeBlase
 




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