WHAT ARE STRONGHOLDS?
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 live 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 mindset that God is a good God. The list goes on and on.
Tomorrow, I will discuss on how strongholds develops.
For further study:
Personal declaration for the day:
I will hold strong to that which good and godly.
Questions for you to reflect on
• What are strongholds?
• What are the good and bad strongholds in your life?