2 CORINTHIANS 10:3-5 "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 in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ."
ROMANS 6:16 "Don't you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey."
JOHN 10:10,11 "The thief (Satan) comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (Abundant Life). I am the good shepherd ..."
I. EVERYONE HAS STRONGHOLDS (From material by Bruce Wilkinson)
II. CHARACTERISTICS OF STRONGHOLDS: 1. The stronghold exists in the person's MIND (the stronghold is a lie) 2. The stronghold is deceitfully hidden from the person's awareness. 3. The stronghold has existed for considerable time. 4. The stronghold has tempted the person to sin repeatedly. 5. The stronghold repeatedly overpowers the person, creating hopelessness. 6. The stronghold has many intellectual and emotional defenses. 7. The stronghold is actively and aggressively opposed to God and His truth.
III. COMPONENTS OF STRONGHOLDS: 1. The Center of the stronghold is the king: the Main Lie 2. The king resides in a powerful castle: the Stronghold 3. The castle controls a specific mental location: the Dark Deception 4. The castle is protected by guards: the Lie Defenders: - Emotional outbursts - Personal attacks - Mental arguments - Rationalization of behavior - Past failures - Change the subject - Peer comparisons ("I'm not as bad as that other person.") 5. The king (lie) tempts and controls behavior 6. The king (lie) strengthens his kingdom and his control of behavior 7. The king (lie) plants other related strongholds and tries to expand his kingdom
IV. SPIRITUAL WEAPONS: 1. GOD'S WORD - shine the light (truth) specifically on the area of darkness and find the lie. 2. SPEAKING OF TRUTH IN LOVE directly & boldly at the darkness (by another person) 3. PRAYER - acknowledge that only God has the power and authority to cast down the stronghold, agree with God that you need His help, ask God to show Himself (He IS Truth) toyou (John 8:31,32 ; John 14:21-23), and ask & receive His help & healing. 4. SURRENDER - surrender to God completely and wholeheartedly; allow Him to fill and control you with His Love and His Holy Spirit (2 Cor. 5:14; Ephesians 3:17-19; 5:18b)