“What If” Games - Tuesday, September 22, 2020 - Dianne Prince
The weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (KJV)
Psalm 18:2 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. (KJV)
A stronghold, in the traditional sense, is a fortified place. It is a place of immense strength. It is a place the enemy hides behind. It is a place the enemy uses for protection and safety. A stronghold is a wall—a tall, strong wall that can only be torn down by a demolition team.
Paul refers to the devil’s strongholds when he states, “The weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (KJV) The devil’s stronghold is anything that exalts itself in your minds and pretends to be bigger and more powerful than your God. You have been there. Some of you are there right now. There are things in your mind you are toiling over and trying to figure out what to do about it.
A stronghold is nothing more than trouble that has taken up residence in your mind, trials that have taken up residence in your spirit, and tribulations that enter your mind and stay there. They go home with you, they eat with you, they sleep with you and they get up with you. Strongholds attach themselves to you and will not let go.
Strongholds are thoughts and lies you allow to occupy your mind, control your actions, and disrupt your peace—lies, in your mind that plant the seed of unbelief—lies, that cause you to be in a state of despair. Strongholds are nothing more than lies you come to believe, “I can’t do.” “I can’t stop.” “I can’t be.”
Strongholds play “what if” games with you. They cause you to worry about what “might” happen, what “might” be, and what “might” come.
The good news is, when Jesus went to the cross at Calvary, he brought every negative thought and every evil deed into captivity. Psalm 18: 2 tells us, “The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
When trouble comes and you do not know the exact way out of it, do not fret. God will rescue you from a difficult situation and set you free. Like a good Father, God hears your cry and will swiftly come to liberate you. God is your support. He is your protection now and in all the difficulties that lie ahead. God never intended for you to fight your battles on your own and He will not leave you to fend for yourself.
In your hour of need, turn to God. Call upon Him in the time of trouble. Not only will he deliver you, but because of your faithfulness to Him, God will show favor to your seed, your offspring and to generations to come.
When trouble comes, do not spend your days worrying about it. Do not spend your nights losing sleep over it because Jesus died to bring every negative thought into captivity. Jesus has overcome the world. Jesus has overcome every problem, every circumstance, every heartache, every enemy and every foe.
Because Jesus shed His blood at Calvary, He tore down every stronghold. He brought every negative thought under His control. Thus, live right. Pray often. Study God’s word daily and through Christ, you can bring down every stronghold the enemy has built in your mind. Why? Your fight is not physical. It is spiritual. Christ gave you the weapons you need to release yourself from strongholds. They are the weapons of prayer, Holy Spirit, and the Word of God.
More daily inspiration can be found in the book Stronger and Wiser by Dianne Prince.