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    What is a stronghold?

    What are strongholds as found in the Bible?

    II Samuel 5:7 Nevertheless David took the strong hold of Zion: the same is the city of David.

    The strongholds mentioned in the old testament were fortresses manned by the enemies of Israel which God commanded that they should conquer and destroy the inhabitants.



    However, there is another kind of stronghold found in scripture. It is a stronghold that Christian believers are likewise to conquer and destroy. That kind of stronghold is based upon I Corinthians 10: 4-5.

    II Corinthians 10:4 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

    This kind of stronghold has to do with ideas, beliefs, desires, motivations, and sinful behaviors. It is manned by the devils of hell who managed to instill lusts, heresies, worldly attitudes, addictive habits, evil inclinations, and/ an inability to control ones emotions or affections and even compulsions and obsessions. I have counseled people with such problems in everything from lesbianism to thievery; from gossip to abortion; from sexual lusts to outright heresy and a lack of surrender to the will of God. Some of them I was able to help and others, the strongholds were so deeply implanted in the personality that they could not be helped because they didn't have the will to part company with their desires.

    It is in the imagination (mind) that these strongholds are built by the devils. They lure believers into sinful activities or wrong beliefs, whichever be the case; they persuade the believer to practice the sin...in which every sin is like another brick in the walls of that stronghold. Evil spirits within these strongholds exist in the mind like cockroaches, or rats in a castle or perhaps like bats in an attic. They constantly seek to get control of the sinning persons choices and decisions in order to manifest through the personality, literally living through the persons evils and wrongdoings.



    The personalities who man those strongholds are of course, devils who get their light and dark power from Satan just as the angels get their light and power from the Lord. They are defeated and brought down when a believer is willing to recognize the sin, admit it is a problem, confess the sin before God with true sorrow, and then forsake that sin forever. If this is done like it should be then the believer can get victory and be free from the bondage that sin brings. If the One who brought salvation to begin with is believed, trusted, and obeyed by the sinning one who allowed the sinful strongholds to be built in his mind and imagination then both victory and relief from oppression is given by the Lord.

    Such a person is not 'possessed' in the classical understanding of the word but the stronger the evil spirits get over a persons will as it concerns their sin the more likely they are to manifest...........undetected in the personality. When a persons personality is eclipsed completely the person is then usually referred to as 'possessed'.



    But then the obvious question arises: Can Christians indwelt by the Holy Spirit be invaded by demonic spirits and can their minds be controlled by them? Answer: If unconfessed sin is present, yes. But can they be possessed by the devil and owned by him? No. Possession involves ownership and every believer in Christ Jesus is a child of God. BUT.......believers can have their minds and imagination invaded by devils who can and do bring evil thoughts, aspirations, sinful desires, lustful longings, and a host of other sinful attitudes such as jealousy, rage, sinful anger, resentment, envy, gossip, lies, hate, and heresies. The proof that believers can be invaded by devils and even Satan himself is found in Acts 5 with Annanias and Sephira (Acts 5: 1-3). If a believer involves himself/herself in sin and won't part company with that sin then the devils can and will build a stronghold in their minds.

    If this is not true then why would the apostle Paul even bother warning us about strongholds in the 'imagination' (vs 5)?

    What I have told you above is the reason why the Christian world is so messed up, worldly, carnal, and there is so much dishonor to the One who redeemed us from sin by dying upon the cross.

    The secret to victory over such things is not really a secret:

    "If we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins and the blood of Jesus Christ his son cleanseth us from all unrighteousness." I John 1:9. God gives us a lighted path through this dark world with victory, joy, happiness, and peace but only if we come clean from the sins that come between us and Him.



    But we must be willing to part with those sins and eliminate the cause of it in our lives whether it is adultery, fornication, lies, theft, sexual lusts, or addictions of any kind.

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    Re: What is a stronghold?

    People are quite capable of sinning all by themselves. No special demon required.

    the solution is simple:

    STOP IT.

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    Two thumbs up on that!!!

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    AMEN !!!!
    For what mortal has ever heard the voice of the living God speaking out of fire, as we have, and survived? ~ Deuteronomy 5:26

    If you're not prepared to risk your very life for your "enemy" you have no right to speak to him of love. ~ Daughter

    Many say they are called... but I am pretty convinced that with many of them it was the wrong number. ~ Project Peter

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    Re: What is a stronghold?

    Quote Originally Posted by keck553 View Post
    People are quite capable of sinning all by themselves. No special demon required.

    the solution is simple:

    STOP IT.
    Required? Strongholds do not build themselves. You need to do some real thinking as to why Paul wrote those words. Then you need to start thinking as to whether there are any strongholds in your life.

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    Re: What is a stronghold?

    Quote Originally Posted by Clockstopper View Post
    Required? Strongholds do not build themselves. You need to do some real thinking as to why Paul wrote those words. Then you need to start thinking as to whether there are any strongholds in your life.
    Not a lot of thinking goes on around here especially when it involves separating from worldly things and actions.

    For the cause of Christ
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    Re: What is a stronghold?

    I don't EXACTLY know where to separate "the flesh" from the Principalities of Darkness which we know exist, but I think there are things in my life that I can fairly well understand what is going on.

    A stronghold in my life could perhaps be my horrible temper. This is a problem that I have always had that, I have no doubt, is antagonized by the Enemy's prodding and exploitation. I firmly believe that this is the Enemy's primary function to a Believer in Christ: Exploiting weakness. The only way I have overcome the spirit of anger (leading to guilt, bitterness, spite, etc.) in my life is through the restorative Power of the Holy Spirit. I think that is what II Corinthians is talking about.

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    Re: What is a stronghold?

    Quote Originally Posted by notuptome View Post
    Not a lot of thinking goes on around here especially when it involves separating from worldly things and actions.

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    I think you got that right. Big time.

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    Re: What is a stronghold?

    Both of those comments are both unnecessary and untrue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RabbiKnife View Post
    Both of those comments are both unnecessary and untrue.
    Upon what basis?

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    Re: What is a stronghold?

    Quote Originally Posted by Clockstopper View Post
    Required? Strongholds do not build themselves. You need to do some real thinking as to why Paul wrote those words. Then you need to start thinking as to whether there are any strongholds in your life.
    I suppose if Jesus could tell folks to STOP SINNING, then my statement is a reflection of His and I will stand on that any time, any day, any where.

    By the way I began the process of getting rid of my last stronghold not too long ago:

    man-created religious doctrine including cotton candy gospels that give excuses to contunue in weakness, laziness and cowardice, neither of which God embraces.

    Aleluyah!!

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    Re: What is a stronghold?

    Quote Originally Posted by Clockstopper View Post
    Upon what basis?
    1. They are not true.

    2. The derogatory comment is unnecessary.

    There is a great deal of thought exhibited on this forum as to those that have an incredible desire to be Christ-like. They may not fit your ideal of the proper religious baggage to carry around, but agreeing with a statment that is both unnecessary and untrue isn't very wise.

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    Re: What is a stronghold?

    Quote Originally Posted by notuptome View Post
    Not a lot of thinking goes on around here especially when it involves separating from worldly things and actions.

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    Thank you for the exhortation.

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    "Not a lot of thinking goes on around here especially when it involves separating from worldly things and actions."

    You're not offending me brethren. I'm sure God does not appreciate your judgements on one or more of His servants.
    Why would you say a thing like that when I mentioned NO one by name? Like a Sunday sermon against sin only those who are truly guilty of such behavior need to heed what was said and only those who are guilty but unwilling to part company with those same sins would be offended.

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    Re: What is a stronghold?

    Quote Originally Posted by RabbiKnife View Post
    1. They are not true.

    2. The derogatory comment is unnecessary.

    There is a great deal of thought exhibited on this forum as to those that have an incredible desire to be Christ-like. They may not fit your ideal of the proper religious baggage to carry around, but agreeing with a statment that is both unnecessary and untrue isn't very wise.
    What in the world? Why is my topic post and subsequent statement wrong or untrue?. John prophesied about the Laodician age of worldly Christians Rev 3. What I said was in reference to that prophecy. So why does that bother you since I didn't name anyone personally?

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