What are stongholds?

19 May 2021 12:26 PM | Josh Hunt (Administrator)
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We all have strongholds in our lives. The apostle Paul used the term to describe a mind-set or attitude. “The weapons of our warfare are . . . mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God” (2 Corinthians 10:4–5, emphasis mine). A stronghold is a conviction, outlook, or belief that attempts to interfere with truth.

Does a stronghold have a strong hold on you?

  • God could never forgive me (the stronghold of guilt).
  • I could never forgive that person (the stronghold of resentment).
  • I don’t deserve to be loved (the stronghold of rejection).
  • I’ll never recover (the stronghold of defeat).
  • I must be good, or God will reject me (the stronghold of performance).
  • I’m only as good as I look (the stronghold of appearance).
  • My value equals my possessions (the stronghold of materialism).

But we don’t have to live in the shadow of these joy-sucking strongholds. Our weapons are from God and have “divine power to demolish strongholds” (v. 4 NIV).

Isn’t that what we want? We long to see our strongholds demolished, turned into rubble once and for all, forever and ever, ka-boom! How does this happen?

By keeping God in the center. -- Glory DaysMax Lucado, God Is with You Every Day (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2015).

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