Updated: Sep 13, 2020
Has someone stronger than you ever held you in such a way that you couldn’t get loose? It can be an exasperating feeling to be held against your will by someone stronger than you.
Perhaps, there is even a sense of claustrophobia associated with your life presently because of a “stronghold” you’ve been wrestling with for weeks, months, or years. It isn’t a physical person that has clamped down on you. Instead, you are grappling with a spiritual enemy. Thankfully, in writing to the Church at Corinth, Paul shared how we are to deal with spiritual strongholds that put us in headlocks and attempt to cut us off from all life-giving things.
2 Corinthians 10:3-4 NIV
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.
You have weapons. And, they are not of this world. God has placed in your hands an arsenal of ammunition and weaponry specifically designed to demolish any hold of the enemy -- regardless of how strong hell’s power might be.
You do not wage war as the world does. Your objective is not to master politics and win the game of social influence. Yes, God may use you in politics, and you may gain significant social influence, but these will not be your primary weapons. Your weaponry will be more potent. And, fueled by divine power, you will demolish every stronghold that the enemy has placed upon your life.
Maybe, it has felt like the enemy just keeps increasing his grip upon you; daily taking more of your soul into his grasp. But, as you realize how you are designed to fight, you will be positioned to tear down the prison walls the enemy is trying to build around you. In fact, you get to demolish them because God desires to make you into a spiritual wrecking ball when it comes to strongholds!
I would love to share more with you in this vein of thought; especially, on the subject of fear and its ability to place a stronghold upon our lives; so, I invite you to check out my message, “Faith Over Fear.” In the message, I take a detailed look at the Biblical meaning of strongholds and share lessons from my own battle with the stronghold of fear during a very challenging health diagnosis. You can check it out here.