Monday, October 17, 2011

Strongholds ...
I was reminded of this poem this past week when my pastor preached a message about strongholds.  I think that most Christians today are really clueless as to just how real the spiritual battle is that is going on around us.  Proverbs says that " a man thinketh in his heart so is he".  From this one small statement in scripture we can understand just how powerful our thoughts truly are.  It may not be the "big" sins that are your struggle, but what about in the area of being critical, or envious, or judgemental?  Where are your thoughts taking you?  Are you giving Satan a chance to build ...

                Every thought’s a soldier
            In the battle for the mind
            And we decide the victor
            By the ones we give our time
            The warfare may be spiritual
            But it’s as real as any war
            Though some may ask the question
            Then what’s the battle for
            The battle is for strongholds
            Whether right or wrong
            The more we run into them
            The more we make them strong
            If we yield our thoughts to Satan
            Then our minds he can control
            And the strongholds will be his
            Though he may not have our soul
            But if Jesus is commander
            Of the thoughts that wage the war
            Then the strongholds will be righteous
            And we’ll be conquerors evermore

          II Cor. 10:4-5   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;

The concept of spiritual strongholds is important to understand.  It follows the principle of spiritual warfare.  If the devil can work his way into your life in some small area, he will build a stronghold there and begin the process of enlarging the size of that stronghold until he has your entire life in bondage.  In a war it is important to defend your territory.  Never give Satan an inch or he will take much more than a mile.

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