Strongholds

In The Garden Of Gethsemane

Spiritual Warfare

 Hello everyone, just wanted to write about the topic of Strongholds. A stronghold is a fortress, a barrier, a strong clenching grasp of something. When we have sin on our soul, it allows the devil to come in and disconnect us from the mercy and grace of God, that serene place of rest that we would otherwise have, when we are cleansed and spiritually right with Father God.

First let me start with Holy Scripture, the inspired Word of God recorded by man through revelation. In 2 Corinthians 10:3-5, the Apostle Paul has written, For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing  into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

Wow, what powerful words those are! Once the devil gains a stronghold in a person, he is relentless to increase the presence of evil. This is a double edged sword, because in the same token that through sin Satan gains a hold, the Spirit of God can also be invoked, to become present within a person and nourished through prayer and strong faith values to stop this from happening.Of course, sin has to be confessed and one has to ask in earnest that through the shed blood and the name of Jesus Christ, you may be cleansed of it.

In Ephesians 6, the Apostle Paul makes the request of all to, " Put on the whole armour of God." When we do this and recieve salvation through confession of sin, praying for understanding of Scripture, trusting and obeying God's laws, we have the armour needed to participate in the spiritual warfare that is going on continuously within our heart,mind and soul.

When the devil has a stronghold on you, sometimes it is necessary to join with other believers who have strong faith and pray to break the grip that is on you. Praying in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior together, calling outloud for Satan, thefather of lies to be gone, sends it packing. God's Holy and Inspired Word says that "where two or more are gathered, there also am I." God does not and can not lie!

Fear, anger, depression, malice, mal-content and a whole slew  of other emotions all make for allowing a weak spot in our mind and soul, thus letting evil in to gain a foothold eventually becoming a stronghold.

There are many other ways, endless tactics, that the devil uses on us to try and persuade us that his ways are better. Don't be fooled by them, be always aware of your thoughts so that if something bad is popping up, you can pray about it, talk to someone about it and figure out a way to dispose of it if it be an unwanted thought. God has put each of us in control of our body,mind and spirit, He has given us the freedom of choice where by we can be tested and shown approved of His mercy and grace. I encourage each and everyone to do an inventory of your mind, your thoughts and actions and if you find something that bothers you or just does not feel right, pray about it and ask Father God to help you with it. He most certainly will, because that's His business with us. He loves us unconditionally.

Today is a great day to run that ol devil off and give thanks and praise to Almighty Father God for helping you to purify from the mortal fleshes weaknesses. Amen

I really hope that I am close to on track here and that this doesn't sound like some ramblings of a contrary person! I am still studying the Living Word myself and will continue to do so. The more I study the more is revealed. Thank you Father in Heaven for supporting me in sharing my thoughts on a topic that is very important, very vital to understanding the battle that we as Christians experience day in and day out, in Jesus name I pray!

On Top Of A Mountain Is a Good Place For A Stronghold

Dear Lord, let us become victorious in our struggles with the flesh.
Dear Lord, let us become victorious in our struggles with the flesh.

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RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

"Fear, anger, depression, malice, mal-content and a whole slew of other emotions all make for allowing a weak spot in our mind and soul, thus letting evil in to gain a foothold eventually becoming a stronghold."

A great statement of truth Artin2010. Once a foothold is obtained by the evil one, it can develop into a stronghold which is why we MUST "Put on the whole armor of God."

Wonderful lesson of satanic stronghold. May we be sure our stronghold is Christ Jesus our Lord!

Forever His,


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Judah's Daughter 6 years ago from Roseville, CA

This is a terrific hub, brother! I loved it! All I know is when God revived my soul back in March 2009, it happened through the hearing of His Word!! It is quick and powerful and ministers to every single part of us. Since initial faith comes by hearing the Word, the building and maintaining of our faith also comes by staying in the Word, amen!! We must not neglect the hearing of and reading of His Word. Even prayer must be that of faith, which again comes from the Word. It is our daily bread!! That's just my testimony ~ And, Jesus fought the devil as we do today by saying (and believing), "It is written"!! I will be forever thankful from the depths of my heart. God bless you!!


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Artin2010 6 years ago from Northwestern Florida, Gulfcoast Author

Thank you Judah's Daughter, it means a lot to me that you approve. I know that you are very connected to the Holy Spirit and your hubs are always super to read. Hearing the Word brings forth the inspiration to act on it and run that bad one off. Amen Gods love and again thank you so much for stopping in to check out my hub.Peace be with you Sister!


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Artin2010 6 years ago from Northwestern Florida, Gulfcoast Author

Thank you RevLady for you aproval. I feel blessed to know that my messages may actually be helping someone out there understand what they are up against when dealing with this monster that just won't leave folks alone! Yes Lord, let Jesus Christ be our stronghold our refuge in this warfare! Blessings to you.


"Quill" 6 years ago

Thanks Brother...it is what I needed to read today as a reminder of those cracks we allow in our faith that come from doubt.

We have a God of love who stands through it all and opens His door to us at all times.

Blessings


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Artin2010 6 years ago from Northwestern Florida, Gulfcoast Author

Thank you Brother for reading me. Always nice to see Prayer Warriors stop by.Awesome, I hope and pray that we can all stick together in these trying times and through prayer manage to keep our faith strong and our service to God going in the right direction. Bless you Brother Quill, Let us keep the devil out and Jesus in !!!


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV

Artin2010,

My praise means nothing but for what it's worth I'd say your on the path of righteousness. Praise the Lord.


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brotheryochanan 6 years ago from BC, canada

For though we walk in the (1)flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down (2)imaginations and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every (3)thought to the obedience of Christ;

I dont know how you understand the devil is in this verse. What i see is: flesh(1), Sin nature(2) and my carnal thoughts(3). We weapons of our warfare are prayer and supplications and asking Him to conform us to the image of His son. The carnal mind is a stronghold indeed along with the desires and lusts of the flesh and some catholic theologies ingrained in many of us from wee children.

James 1:15 "Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death". More flesh.

I believe we really have to stop giving the devil credit for more than he is able to do and stop using him for a scapegoat and blaming him for bad stuff.. We live in sin nature, its time to take responsibilities for ourselves.

Romans 7:17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

Romans 7:20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Artin, This was a good article about strongholds and you lists the most common reason they occur. Self evaluation and prayer, calling on the Lord for guidance seem to help, not to mention strengthening your faith with reading your Bible. Excellent hub.


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Artin2010 6 years ago from Northwestern Florida, Gulfcoast Author

Thank you Pamela99,brotheryochanan, Tom W. for your comments. I do believe that the carnal nature of man which is not of choice until such time as a person becomes able to understand right and wrong good and evil, light and darkness is on auto pilot.Being born of sin immediately our mother and father give thanks to God for bringing us into mortal life if they are believers, they ask God to protect and guide us and theirselves also. I give No Credit to the devil, he was of God's annointed until by choice he turned away. Thank God that He provided Jesus Christ, the everlasting covenant with us sinners in mind to allow us to die from sin by asking'inviting Him,Jesus to be in our hearts, and minds. Praise Jesus Christ for His perfect works through the Spirit of the Father, God. Thank you folks for your wonderful comments. God Bless us All!


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M.A.Noble 6 years ago from UK

Very lovely hub, you put it across really well. It was a delight to read.

Shalom


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Artin2010 6 years ago from Northwestern Florida, Gulfcoast Author

Thanks M.A.Noble, I had to work at this one a lot to try and word it so even I would make sense of it.As Pamela99 said in her comment, read your Bible everyday, start and end each day with the Lord in your heart and mind, be always thankful to God for trials and blessings, let Jesus Christ be our main stronghold by faith and be mentally prepared to handle whatever that old serpent dragon is coming at us with. That is my way and advice to believers! Blessings to you! Above the influence, Amen


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago

Artin2010, Great hub! You have made some really good points! "Once the devil gains a stronghold in a person, he is relentless to increase the presence of evil. This is a double edged sword, because in the same token that through sin Satan gains a hold, the Spirit of God can also be invoked, to become present within a person and nourished through prayer and strong faith values to stop this from happening. Of course, sin has to be confessed and one has to ask in earnest that through the shed blood and the name of Jesus Christ, you may be cleansed of it." This is so true! Praise God for His armor!

Thank you for sharing, In His love & Blessings!


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A M Werner 6 years ago from West Allis

Artin2010, the flip side is, once we are in Christ, we are on that mountain and in a fortress that cannot be destroyed. The only thing the devil has working for him now is his subtle tongue. Somehow he has to convince you to come out on your own. Somehow he has to get to you think you are not safe where you are, or your being held captive and should want to be free, or entice you to come out and gather more provisions and delicacies for the fortress. He needs to tempt you out. Good hub. Peace.


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Artin2010 6 years ago from Northwestern Florida, Gulfcoast Author

Thank you Debborah K. and A.M. for stopping by. Always a pleasure to see you all reading and commenting. Our fortress is the Armor of God that Paul spoke of in Ephesians 6 Amen.Yes, if we barracade ourselfs into the Living Word of God, he really has to work at it to get to us! When God is for us, only the bad can be against us.

Blessings


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Cedar Cove Farm 6 years ago from Southern Missouri

I was going to say what brotheryochanan said and I believe he is right. The "devil made me do it" mentality is not scriptural. Satan definately uses things to draw us away, but, ultimately, it is us who make the decision to sin. I also refer you to the same verse in James.


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drpastorcarlotta 6 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

God is working through you my friend!!! GREAT HUB! AMEN! PRAISE GOD!! Blessings!!!! Come visit me when you get a chance!!


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Deborah Demander 6 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

Thank you for writing this great hub.

Namaste.


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Artin2010 6 years ago from Northwestern Florida, Gulfcoast Author

Cedar Cove Farm, drpastorcarlotta, Deborah Demander, thank you for stopping in and reading me. It's flattering and pleasurable all in one to know that this touches on a subject that is important to believers. I am humbled and grateful that I have readers here. To God be the glory! >Jesus is Lord


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ALL4JESUS 6 years ago from USA

Artin2010,

You nailed it - God must be our stronghold. We forget the devil is fighting for our attention. Powerful message. Blessings to you and your family. Yes, we do love our children unconditionally - so well spoken.


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Artin2010 4 years ago from Northwestern Florida, Gulfcoast Author

Thank you ALL4JESUS , Blessing also to you and yours.


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jesusmyjoy 4 years ago from Bucyrus Ohio

amen to this

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