What Are Strongholds?
By Karen Ruhl
Do you wonder why certain thoughts pop up at odd times? Thoughts that are so different from who you really are, thoughts that want to harm, judge, and hurt others. The devil likes to try to reach you when you are the most vulnerable, he looks for strongholds and tries to hang on. We need to know who is against us. It is not people we see everyday, our parents, bosses, co-workers, or friends. It is the ancient enemy of humanity since the Garden of Eden, the devil.
The Bible reminds us that our battle is not peoplebased, it’s spiritual. Ephesians 6:12 - For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
It happens to everyone, the devil does not discriminate. I believe what we are going through right now in the United States is Spiritual Warfare. The devil is trying to divide us, because when we are divided, he has strength, when we are united we are strong.
WHAT ARE STRONGHOLDS?
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Pray and seek God’s face. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide and direct your prayers. Use your words to declare, decree and establish the authority of God’s word in your life over negative spiritual influences. This means those negative thoughts, feelings of jealousy, envy or revenge...strongholds. You need to reject these thoughts and feelings. Claim your freedom in Christ.
Put On The Armor of God / Ephesians 6:10-18 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
It is important to take time to pray. Pray for yourself, your family, your friends, your community,
your country. Be specific.
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And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s
people. We love you and are praying for you.1