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Addressing strongholds

First of all, what exactly is a stronghold? A stronghold is not demonic (although demons are often found actively trying to build them), but rather an incorrect thinking pattern in our mind. The subject of where strongholds comes from is beyond the scope of this teaching, but let's try to group the various sources into two categories:

1. Natural development based on circumstances and lack of knowledge. An example of this type of stronghold is when a person grows up having a cruel father, then as a result, they view all other fathers the same way. This thinking pattern is often transferred to the way which they perceive their heavenly Father, which is a very destructive stronghold.

2. Demonically inspired and developed strongholds. These are usually found along side demonic bondages. What happens is that the person has an unclean spirit which is actively whispering in their thought life (injecting thoughts into their mind), and eventually the person begins to believe what the enemy is telling them. Once a person begins to believe what the enemy is telling them, they begin to imagine it in their mind (vain imagination) and a stronghold is formed.

2 Corinthians 10:3-5, "For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds;) 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."

We are never told to cast out strongholds, but we are told to tear them down, be transformed by the renewing of our mind and cast down vain imaginations. This is how we deal with strongholds. If the enemy builds them through continually reminding us of his lies, then we need to go in the opposite direction to un-do his web of bondage. We need to start meditating on God's Word on a daily bases, so that the truth will sink into our minds and begin to change he way we think.

Romans 12:2, "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."

Another factor to keep in mind is that if there is a spirit which is actively working to build strongholds in a person's mind, not only is it important for them to tear down that stronghold(s), but it is equally important to cast out the spirit that is at work here... otherwise, they will spend the rest of their lives waging war against that stronghold as the demon continues to work on them to rebuild it. The minute they give up, the stronghold is quickly rebuild. That is why you really cannot separate the work of casting out demons and tearing down strongholds... they often go hand in hand.

The bottom line is that strongholds are based on incorrect information that has been programmed into our minds, so naturally the cure is to re-program our minds with the truth in God's Word. Meditating on specific scriptures that come up against the stronghold we are facing is an important step to tearing down that stronghold. We must also make a choice to cast down the vain imaginations that the enemy has planted in our minds, and then accept what God's Word has to say instead.

Additional reading:
- How to tear down strongholds
- Identifying strongholds
- Dealing with guilt
- The power of your thoughts
- Strongholds
- Spiritual warfare and strongholds
- Most popular strongholds (Part 1 of 2)
- Most popular strongholds (Part 2 of 2)
- Defeating guilt and shame

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