Spiritual Strongholds?!

A stronghold is a way of thinking & feeling that has developed a life of its own in a person. It might be a rut of depression or recurring unbelief or habitually bad temper. That was a stronghold in my life, but with God’s help, not any more!
     It might be a repeating pattern of failure:
     Sometimes a stronghold will cause you to provoke others to reject you
         (without necessarily knowing you’re doing it) It might be a stronghold of resentment or worthlessness. If a child is sexually molested and/or badly verbally abused, a stronghold of worthlessness may build up a stockpile of negative thoughts: “I’m guilty. Nobody could really love me. I’m good for nothing. I’m ugly.” She might actually be beautiful — and certainly is beautiful in the eyes of God. But a stronghold gets filled with arguments like these:
        “Nobody would like me if they really got to know me. Nobody really knows me. Nobody really cares for me. Nobody really wants me for me.”
     Now all these thoughts may be a pack of lies,
         but they can be a stronghold keeping out the truth of God’s love.
     Such a person may hear a message about God’s love, whether from a pulpit or a friend, but it goes in one ear and out the other, bouncing off the walls of a stronghold of rejection or worthlessness.


     You almost hear the truth come to set you free, and then comes another thought, “Yeah, but what about…?” Or “You just don’t understand….”
     And out comes another string of lies, excuses, smokescreens, shot down by blocking spirits. Thus a stronghold creates inner captivity to deception and misery.
     A stronghold keeps a person from thinking clearly, accepting the truth,
         repenting of sin, and receiving deliverance.
     A stronghold can keep a unbeliever from hearing the good news.
     A stronghold can keep a believer from hearing the fullness of the good news.

If you want the abundant life and peace that Yeshua promised,
     you must let his Spirit capture the stronghold up there!
     Nor only is our conscious mind the target:
     Proverbs 23:7 says, “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.”
     In Matt 12:34-35, Yeshua said,For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him,
and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.

Strongholds are also storage places, holding food, water and weapons. A stronghold gets stronger as more stuff—more thought—gets stored in there.  In the life of the mind, the stuff that you were once aware of gets stored up in unconscious memory, but it can make a stronghold a tough nut to crack!
   

 So how do you take a stronghold?
     First, you have to see it, so you know what you’re dealing with.
     It’s kind a hard to take a stronghold you can’t even see.
     But strongholds of the mind can be hidden—evil things hang out in darkness.
     Satan is the prince of darkness, but Messiah is the prince of light.
     You have been called out of darkness into his wonderful light!
     Nevertheless, if there is an old, sinful pattern of thought in you,
         that is a place of darkness, a stronghold.
     Ephesians 5:11 urges us to “have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.”
     If you want to let the light of God expose the darkness, you need an attitude of humility, willing to let the light of God reveal the darkness in you.


     In Ps 26:2, David prayed, “Test me, O LORD, and try me, examine my heart and my mind.” Can you agree this request?
     If not, if you are not willing to let God reveal any strongholds in your life,
         then the first stronghold you may have to start tearing down is pride!
     Who was the first to be guilty of pride? Satan! Massively so!
     Pride is the armor of Satan — he uses it to keep demonic strongholds hidden. Pride keeps people from ever seeing that they are trapped in demonic darkness.   The Spirit of God is determined to bring down the stronghold of pride.
    

Isaiah 25:11 says,

God will bring down their pride despite the cleverness of their hands.
He will bring down your high fortified walls and lay them low;
he will bring them down to the ground, to the very dust.

     If pride is bad news, how much more is humility good news!


     James 4:6, “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
     This is a promise: humility release grace, the power of God to save you.
     James 4:7 continues with another promise:
     “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
     Satan can’t stand humility! It breaks his power over you!
     But God loves it! “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.”
     The sacrifice of Messiah is a perfect shelter of grace enabling you to look at your needs.

Once you recognize the stronghold, the next step to bringing it down is repentance. Be honest before God, and humbly let the Spirit expose the stronghold in the darkness.
     Pray, “Test me, O LORD, and try me, examine my heart and my mind.”
     When the Holy Spirit shows you an area of darkness, repent.
     You may need to overcome the instinct of defend yourself.
     You may need to silence the little lawyer who steps out of a dark corner of your mind,
         pleading, “My client is not so bad.”

     If you let him, that whiny defense attorney will defend you just fine—
         but you’ll never see what’s wrong in you, nor face what needs to change.
     Who is the best defense attorney of all time? Yeshua!
     How does He defend you, how does He justify you? By his blood.
     So you don’t need to justify yourself. Let him do it.
     A broken and contrite heart he will not despise.


     Suppose a stronghold has gotten pretty entrenched and strong?
     Sometimes a frontal attack on a stronghold doesn’t seem to work. What should you do?


     Jewish soldiers tried to capture the Old City of Jerusalem with a frontal attack
         a couple of times in the War of Independence,
         but as soon as they got up to the gates of the Old City, and were thrown back. Here’s how the IDF took the Old City in 1967:
         They swept around the city to the north, then seized the Mount of Scopus,
         then kept on going up to the Mount of Olives, to the east—
     I’ve seen a picture of Israeli generals looking down at the Old City from the east!   Thus, having surrounded the city, they were able to cut off supplies and reinforcements. Though the Jordanian army tried to send reinforcements up from Jericho,  this time they were thrown back! When the Jordanian general inside the Old City realized he was surrounded,
         he realized, “resistance is futile,” so he cut his losses and fled the city.
     Then the Israelis were able to break into the city with relatively little resistance. So, this is how successful military planners usually do it:
         surround the stronghold and cut off its supplies.

Does this strategy also apply to spiritual strongholds? I think so….
     Something like this strategy was at work in the battle of Jericho.
     Who gave Joshua the strategy for taking the city? The angel of the LORD.


     What was the strategy? March around the city for seven days then blow your trumpets!
     Here’s what I think they were doing, in the Spirit:
     They were surrounding the city, with obedience to God’s word, with faith,
         with the praises of God. Thus they cut off that city from its supplies, from the realm of darkness. As the power of faith grew in the hearts of the marching people, the power of the walls of Jericho grew weak.
     How do you surround a stronghold of negative thinking, bad old speculations? How about praise?
     Psalms 32:7. “You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.”
     Surround the stronghold with the praise, singing psalms and spiritual songs to God. Demons can’t stand praise! Praise is a powerful way to bring a stronghold.

For every negative stronghold, there’s a powerful way to surround it with opposite truth from God.
     If you are struggling with a stronghold of depression, surround it with hope.
     If you are struggling with a stronghold of rejection, surround it with acceptance from Abba.
     If you are struggling with a stronghold of unresolved anger, surround it with forgiveness.
     If you are struggling with a stronghold of fear, surround it with the knowledge of God’s love.
     If you are struggling with a stronghold of failure, surround it with the victory of the resurrection!
     Once you’ve identified a stronghold, go to the Scripture, and study the opposite truth from God.
     If the stronghold is rejection, study all that the Bible says about God’s acceptance.
     Use a concordance or a chain bible or topical bible.
     Then surround that stronghold with the word of God!
     Listen, once the enemy sees he’s surrounded by humble submission, praise,
         and the word of God, his resistance will quickly weaken, and if he isn’t gone already!

Can we take a moment to pray about this?
     “Test me, O LORD, and try me, examine my heart and my mind.”
     Show me any areas in my life that I have not fully surrendered to you.
     (If you recognize any area of chronic sin strengthened by negative thinking,
         take a moment to confess it to the Lord, now.)

     Lord, forgive me of compromise. Give me the courage to pull down every stronghold within me   without reluctance or willful deception in my heart.
     Thank you, Lord Yeshua, for forgiving and cleansing me from all my sins,
         and breaking every curse against me, on the cross.


     By the power of the Holy Spirit and in the Name of Yeshua,
         I bind any satanic influences that were reinforcing compromise and sin within me.
     I submit myself to the light of the Spirit of Truth to expose any strongholds of sin in me. By the mighty weapons of the Spirit and the Word, I proclaim that each evil stronghold is coming down!


     I purpose to surround this evil stronghold with praise and affirming truth from the Word of God.
     I purpose to take every pattern of negative thinking captive and bring it to the obedience to Messiah.
     I purpose, by the grace of God, to follow through until even the ruins of this stronghold
         is removed from my mind!
     I purpose to think about whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—
         I will think about such things.
         I will talk about such things. I will get involved in such things.

     I purpose, by the grace of God, to build up one stronghold within my mind and my heart:
         the stronghold of the living God!   “The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous will run to it and be safe.” In the shelter of your presence, O God my Savior, you will keep me safe. In Yeshua’s mighty name, Amen.

“GOD” -Divine Messages

The Bible is a collection of books written by many different authors over a period of centuries, these stories, poems, laws, prophecies are not just literature. Behind each story is an meaningful message from GOD that the authors wanted readers to hear. The bible is ancient & of cultural distance, that separates us from those who wrote it. Understanding its deep messages is not always an easy task. We’re here to decode & discover the meaning of each story. It is at its Core, a story of Rescue & Salvation. Its about GODS relationship with world he made, a world that went tragically wrong when sin entered into the world & ruptured humankinds relationship with GOD. Its about GODS promise to Rescue & Renewal of the world. Life & Death, & that GOD wants us to be reconciled to Him, to have our relationship with him restored.

CREATION

  • GENESIS 1, GENESIS 1:16, GENESIS 1:26-28, GENESIS 1:27

  • PSALM 139:13, GENESIS 3, REVELATION 21:3

  • ISAIAH 45:18, ISAIAH 66:1, EPHESIANS 1:12, JOB 10:11-12

  • MIRACLE BABIES 

  • GENESIS 25:21, JUDGES 13:3, 1 SAMUEL 1:17 & 1 SAMUEL 2:8

  • LUKE 1:52, LUKE 1:5-25, 57-80

  • MOSES EXODUS 3:1-6, 3:7, 8B-10, 34:29-35

  • PROPHET ELIJAH JAMES 5:17-18

  • JONAH IN THE FISH

  • JONAH 3:2, 4:2 , ACTS 10, 13:42-48

  • SECRET REASONS FOR WAR- MEN LIKE JOSHUA, SAMSON, DAVID

  • GENESIS 6:11-13, MATTHEW 26:52

  • ENDURE SO YOU CAN RESTJOSHUA 6

  • TRAGIC HEROSAMSON-JUDGES 13-16

  • GODS DELIVERER DAVID 2 SAMUEL 22:1-4

  • 1 SAMUEL, 2 SAMUEL , 1 CHRONICLES 22, LUKE 1:30-33

  • JESUS 

  • MATTHEW 1:23,  5:2-12, 11:2-6, 13:55, 14:13-21, 15:32-39,  20:28, 23:1-36

  • MARK 4:35-41, 5:25-34, 5:35-43, 6:3, 6:30-44, 8:1-10

  • JOHN 8:58, 10:10, 11:17-44, JOHN 20:30-31, EXODUS 3:13-15

  • LUKE 4:31-32, 9:10-17,  HEBREWS 4:14-16, COLOSSIANS 1:15, COLOSSIANS 2:9

  • ISAIAH 40:10-11, JOHN 6:1-14, 6:32-35

  • MATTHEW WROTE TO REPRESENT JESUS AS THE MESSIAH TOLD IN THE OLD TESTAMENT, HE INCLUDES MIRACLES OF JESUS TO HELP REPRESENT & EMPHASIZE THE RESPONSE OF PEOPLE WHO WITNESSED

  • MARK REPRESENTS JESUS MIRACLES NOT AS THOSE THAT LEAD TO FAITH BUT THAT COME FROM FAITH, HIGHLIGHTS OF THOSE INTERACTING WITH JESUS RECEIVING BLESSINGS FROM THE MIRACLES HE PREFORMS

  • LUKES GOSPEL TO PROVIDE DETAILED ACCOUNT OF JESUS LIFE, EMPHASIZES JESUS COMPASSION FOR THE SICK, POOR , MORE TO THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT -ACTS 10:38  

  • JOHNS GOSPEL WAS WRITTEN SO THE READERS OF GOSPEL WOULD BELIVE IN JESUS & THUS RECIEVE TRUE LIFE, INCLUDING SEVEN MIRACLES THAT FUNCTION AS SIGNS THAT INTRODUCE THE TEACHINGS OF JESUS & HIS UNIQUE AUTHORITY

  • Response to Faith–Mark6:1-6, John 11:40,

  • Reward for Persistence–Matthew 15:28,

  • Invitation to Believe–Matthew 14:34-36, 15:29-31, Mark 6:53-56, John 20:30-31

  • Warning Against Unbelief— Matthew 11:20-24, Luke 10:13-16

  • ISAIAH 35:5-6, MATTHEW 11:4-6, JOHN 21:25

  • HEALING CHRONIC ILLNESS

  • Matthew, Mark, Luke tell a story of a woman Leviticus 15:25-27, Leviticus 13:45, 14:2-32, Luke 5:12-16,  8:43-48, 8:46, Acts 3:1-10, 9:32-42, Mark 1:40-45, Matthew 8:1-4, John 11:17, 11:38-44,

  • MATTHEW 17:2

  • FINDING MEANING IN DEATH

  • GENESIS 3

  • According to Genesis 3 death entered the world when Adam & Eve disobeyed GOD &  ate forbidden fruit. It has been an inescapable part of human experience ever since. 

  • TIMELINE PALM SUNDAY

  • For Christians, faith means believing that death does not have the last word

  • Jesus entry into Jerusalem John12:12-13,

  • Jesus runs the merchants out of temple Luke 19:45-48,

  • Conflicts in the temple Mark 12:13-17, Plot for Jesus Death Grows Mark14:1-2, Last Supper-Betrayal & Arrest-Trial before AnnasTrial before Caiaphas Matthew 26:26-28,

  • Morning trial before the SanhedrinTrial beforePilate-Trial before Herod- Final Trial before Pilate-Crucifixion & Burial

  • John 19:28-30 Matthew 27:45-56, Mark 15:22-41, Luke 23:44-49, John 19:28-30, John 12:32, Luke 23:36-37, Luke 23:40-43, Romans 6:4, Colossians 2:12

  • After Jesus drank the wine, he said everything is done! He bowed his Head & Died. John 19:30,

  • Jesus lies in the Tomb Matthew 27:57-66, Deuteronomy 21:22-23,

  • Resurrection Matthew 28:1-6, Corinthians 15:12-22

  • Christian faith is an Easter Faith, it marks the beginning of a resurrection promised to follow God & its down payment guaranteeing Gods ultimate triumph over evil. The Christian message addresses the plight of humans when they chose their own way instead of GODS way. A choice that results in both spiritual & physical death. Jesus death was GODS way of dealing with captivity of humanity to sin & death. An emphatic message that triumph over death can also be ours

  • David’s  words echo Jesus experience on the cross Psalm 22:6-7 , David ended his Psalm with a hopeful note of Rescue for the Future: People not yet born will be told, The Lord has Saved Us! Psalm 22:31

  • WISHFUL THINKING OR REAL EVENT ?!

  • Jesus didn’t die on the cross. The women went to the wrong tomb. The disciples stole Jesus Body. The disciples had visions of Jesus, but his resurrection was spiritual not physical

  • —Matthew 27:62-66, Mark 15:47, Luke 23:55, Matthew 27:61, 1 Corinthians 15:1-11, 15:5-8, 15:16-18, 24:40-43, 1 Peter 1:3, Hebrews 4:14, Acts 1:1-11, 1 Timothy 3:16, Ephesian 1:21-22

  • THE COMING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT 

  • JOHN 16:8-14, 2 CORINTHIANS 1:22, EXODUS 23:20-23,GENESIS 18:1-15

  • HAGAR & THE ANGEL OF PROVISION–GENESIS 16, 21

  • JACOB & AN ANGEL OF REDIRECTION & RENEWALGENESIS 27:41-45, 28:16 32:24B-30, HOSEA 12:3-4

  • GIDEON & AN ANGEL OF COUNSEL & COURAGE-JUDGES 6:11-14, 7

  • DAVID & THE ANGEL OF DESTRUCTION— 1CHRONICLES 21, 21:7-30

  • DANIEL & THE ANGELS OF PROPHECY & PROTECTIONDANIEL 3:28, 6:22, 10:2-19, 11:2:45, 11:29, 12:1-3, 12:4, REVELATION 12

  • MICHAEL The ARCHANGEL DANIEL 10:12-14, REVELATION 2

  • ZECHARIAH & AN ANGEL OF UNEXPECTED BOUNTY & BLESSING—LUKE 1:8-20,1:62, 64, 67-69, MALACHI 3:1

  • MARY & JOSEPH & AN ANGEL OF CHALLENGE & CHANGE—LUKE 1:26-38 MATTHEW 1:18-25, 2:16-23

  • PETER & AN ANGEL OF RELEASE & RESCUE—ACTS 2, 12:7, 12:1-16, 12:12-16

As Christians We Are like Jars of Clay

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Let’s be more grateful today.

While you’re having your first cup of coffee, sit back and think of the things that you’re thankful for.
The aroma of the coffee;
That first sip of coffee;
The beautiful morning;
The beginning of a new day full of promise;
The quiet just before the day officially starts.

Grace Before Meals. Giving thanks before each meal recognizes all of the people whose hard work was necessary for you to have food on your table–everyone from the farmer who grew the food, and the person who cooked the meal.
It’s a moment to pause and be mindful, as well as feel blessed that you have all of the food and nourishment that you need.

Things You Take For Granted. Imagine losing some of the things that you take for granted, such as your home, your ability to see or hear, your ability to walk, or anything that currently gives you comfort. Then imagine getting each of these things back, one by one, and consider how grateful you would be for each and every one.

Obviously, things won’t always go your way. However, gratitude isn’t an emotion that is reserved for those moments when you get what you want. When things go wrong you can use the power of gratitude to release some of the negative emotions that you may be feeling due to the failure or setback that you just experienced.

After a negative event put things in perspective by remembering that every difficulty carries within it the seeds of an equal or greater benefit. When faced with adversity, ask yourself the following questions:
“What’s good about this?”
“What can I learn from this?”
“How can I benefit from this?”
“Is there something about this situation that I can be grateful for?”

LETS BE GRATEFUL TODAY! SEE WHATS THERE, INSTEAD OF WHAT ISNT!

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Faith

The right way to pray is to have faith.

Pray for motivation, abundance and guidance.

What are your biggest questions about your existence?

What are the most 3 things you would like to know in your lifetime?

May the homes where prayer are used in faith be dwelling places of Goodness, Humility, Self-Control, Mutual Respect for each other and living Obedience to you.

AMEN.

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ROMANS 8

Romans Chapter 8

THERE is therefore  now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after flesh, but after the spirit. 2. For the law of the spirit of life in CHRIST JESUS hath made me free from the law of sin and death. 3. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the Flesh. 4. That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after flesh, but after the spirit. 5. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh, but they that are after the spirit the things of the spirit. 6. For to be CARNALLY minded is death; but to be SPIRITUALLY minded is Life and Peace.
7. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, Neither indeed can be. 8. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. 9. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. 10. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
11 But if the spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken you mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. 12. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. 13. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.

14. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of GOD.

 

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No lOVE for GOD?

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ARE YOU GODS ELECT? CHRIST IS COMING BACK FOR SINNERS! THE FALSE ANTI HAS TO COME FIRST.
NO LOVE FOR GOD? DO YOU HAVE FAITH? GODS ELECT KNOWS BETTER. THE UNLEARNED DO NOT KNOW, GOD IS THE WORD. THE WORD WAS WITH GOD, ITS HIS WAY TO DO THINGS & HE MEANS WHAT HE SAYS. IF YOU ARE A NON-BELIEVER THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO YOU.
SPIRITUAL DISCERNMENT GIVES YOU WHAT TO BELIEVE OR NOT TO BELIEVE. A MAN/WOMAN IN THIS WORLD WITHOUT LEARNING IS A BEAST OF THE FIELD.
 ASK FATHER GOD FOR DISCERNMENT ON WHAT TO BELIEVE AND WHAT NOT TO BELIEVE. CLARITY,FAITH, BUILD YOURSELF UP. WAIT ON YOUR REWARDS.
HONOR & LOVE FOLLOWS COMMANDMENT. NO FAITH MEANS NO LOVE FOR GOD. BITTERNESS MEANS THERE IS A SEED THAT HAS GROWN INTO A ROOT. A ROOT HAS TO BE PULLED OUT COMPLETELY. THIS ROOT IS EVIL AND WILL POISON THE REST OF PLANTS THAT COME INTO CONTACT. IT IS THE ROOT OF BITTERNESS. ITS NOT A SEED. BITTERNESS BLOWS OUT THE CANDLE OF JOY AND LEAVES THE SOUL IN DARKNESS.
SEED,SOIL BITTERNESS, ROOT IS UNDERGROUND, HIDES AND CAN CAMOUFLAGE THE FRUIT FROM THE ROOT. It WILL AFFECT YOU PHYSICALLY, EMOTIONALLY, SPIRITUALLY.  I PRAY YOU DISCOVER THAT LIFE IS MORE JOYFUL, AND GOD GRANTS YOU A BRAND NEW LIFE!

ERADICATION OF BITTERNESS 1. Let GOD reveal it, A Deceitful heart cannot diagnose a deceitful heart.  Only God can do that Surgery to the Heart. 2. Let GRACE reveal it. Grace is God giving us what we deserve.  3. Let GOOD replace it. Follow Peace & Holiness forgive people including YOURSELF.