How to discern Godly and ungodly strongholds
John 10:10 – The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
Romans 14:17 – for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
The bible instructs us to look onto Jesus the author and the finisher of our faith. In the above scripture in the book of John, Jesus made it clear that he wants us to have the God kind of life in abundance. Therefore our minds should be set on having life to the full until it overflows as Jesus intended for us. But there is an enemy of God and every good thing, the devil. He does not want you to have the life that God has purposed for you. The devil’s favourite weapon is deception. He specialises in deceiving people into doubting God’s word and promises for them and as a result sabotages their destiny. Friends, if you stop the devil from stealing the promise that God gave you, then your destiny is intact. But if you allow him to steal the word of God from you then you have allowed him to rob you of your great future. That is why the bible instructs us to guard our hearts with all diligence for out of it comes our life force (Proverbs 4:23). The devil will always try to replace a godly glorious future with a hopeless one. Please be aware that everyone has a future that God originally planned for them and the devil also has an alternative future he planned for them. It is now our choice to determine which one we will latch onto. Today I will highlight to you how you can discern when an ungodly stronghold developing in your life. It is through ungodly strongholds that the devil destroys people’s life.
Anything that steals your joy and leaves you empty and unfulfilled on a consistent basis is an indication that your destiny is under attack and you need to stand it against and never let it gain ground in your life.
If you allow it to gain a foothold in your life, it will dominate you and eventually kill off the great future that has been planned for you. That is why you cannot afford to use a softly approach to ungodly stronghold. Esau is an example, he was profane and he sold his birthright for a plate of food when he was hungry. If you allow your appetite to control you on a consistent basis, it will soon steal from you and kill your greatness. This may sound tough but it is true and you need to watch those habits and networks of people you hang around that are not adding to you. You need to make a decision about such people and habits.
Whatever can kill you can also destroy you? The devil is not against you going to church as long as you don’t manifest the glory of God. He knows that if you manifest the glory of God you will draw attention to what God is doing and others will follow you to Christ. The devil is ultimately after the glory you are created to manifest. He wants to replace it with shame and pain. Any thought pattern or thing that is constantly robbing you of your identity Christ, the joy of salvation and divine assurance of peace is an indication of an ungodly stronghold. Thought pattern of condemnation, worthlessness, fear of the future, uncertainty of God’s love for you; peer pressure to give up on God and on your future is all indication that an ungodly stronghold is raising its head. Whenever it raises its head, declare that you have been cleansed and made whole by the blood of Jesus and declare the promise of God for abundant for you. Do it consistently until this negative thought pattern is uprooted.
You need to manage your thoughts right. Poor thought management results in poor life outcome.
Philippians 4:8 – Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy–meditate on these things.
For further study:
Personal declaration for the day:
I will manage my thoughts with the word of God.
Questions for you to reflect on
How do you manage your thought life?