2 Corinthians 10: 3-6 – For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds) 5 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; 6 And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled. (KJV)
2 Corinthians 10: 3-6 3 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 6 And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete. (NIV)
According to the oxford English dictionary, a stronghold is a fortified place, the centre of support for a cause. It is metaphorically used of those things in which human confidence is based or imposed. The Bible says that some trust in chariots and some in horses but we trust in the name of the Lord – Psalm 20:7-8. The Bible says that a strong man’s riches are his strong city. A stronghold is meant to be a place of protection but it can also become a prison. There are good strongholds and there are bad ones. Strongholds are thought patterns that we have consciously or unconsciously developed as a result of a specific knowledge that we have acquired over a consistent period through our culture, environment, friends, family or trusted sources and have become concrete images that we have adopted (believed and received) as truth and made our way of life. Friends, we live daily within the value system we have embraced. The value system that we have adopted and lived in are strongholds. We hold strong to them and they hold strong to us. Examples of strongholds are: having a mindset that walking under a ladder would trigger bad occurrences in your life and having a mindset that hitting your right foot against a stone on your way to an appointment is a sign of bad outcome. Some good ones are having a mindset that prayer changes things for the better and having a mind-set that God is a good God. The list goes on and on.
How are strongholds developed?
The raw materials for developing strongholds are thoughts and imagination. Every stronghold starts with a suggestive thought. It is said that imagination is the greatest nation. A wise man said, Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny. It is what you hold strong to that determines your outcome in life. The Bible says that as a man thinks so is he. Each of us is a tripartite being, each person is a spirit, we each have a soul and we each live in a body. Our soul is comprised of our mind, will, and emotions. The soul serves as a medium between the outside world and the inside world. All the signals we get from the physical world are processed in our minds and the final outcome influences our will and emotions. Also, when we get a signal from God through the leading of the Holy Spirit, either during our personal devotion, in church, at work or wherever we are, our mind interprets the signal to us in a language that we understand and as we respond to this divine signal, we activate our spiritual dimension. I mentioned all these to let you know that the source of the signal that you mostly accommodate and set your mind to submit to, becomes the stronghold in your life and consequently, your will and emotions become subordinate to it. 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–whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? A wise man said that where the mind goes there the body will follow. The central nervous system is the part of the nervous system consisting of the brain and spinal cord. The central nervous system is so named because it integrates information it receives, coordinates and influences the activities of all parts of the human body. The brain is part of the mind where information is processed. If you feed your mind on a regular basis with the word of God and believe and embrace what you learn, you will begin to develop a biblical mind-set and a godly world-view. This type of stronghold brings out the divine nature of God in you for the world to see the Kingdom of God in manifestation.
In my next writing, I will discuss how to destroy strongholds and deconstruct a wrong dominant mind-set. I want you to know that we all have strongholds that need to be pulled down and replaced. Paul’s letter to the Corinthians was to Christians and not unbelievers. The Corinthians’ church members were known for their unparalleled demonstration of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, yet Paul wrote to them that they needed to pull down some strongholds that were holding them back. Strongholds can protect or imprison. They can make you a victim or a victor. They can tie you to the past and or open you up into new vistas. Please note that all strongholds have a spiritual origin, physical impacts and eternal repercussions.
For Further Study:
Psalm 20:7-8, 2 Corinthians 10:1-18
Questions for Reflection:
- What are strongholds?
- What are the good and bad strongholds in your life?
The Word of God is my stronghold. I replace every wrong mindset with this powerful Word of God.