It is foolish to build on top of something corrupted. The foundation is unstable. Luke 6:49 is a great illustration. When the storms of life assailed, the house built on the sand crashed. Obliterated.
I love the story of Gideon. In Judges 6:25 the Lord instructed Gideon to tear down his father’s altar to Baal, and to cut down the wooden idol beside it. Then He instructed Gideon to use the wood from his father’s idol to offer up a burnt sacrifice. Ashes.
Elisha is another example for us. You can read the narrative in 1 Kings 19:19-21. Elisha burned his whole means of livelihood in order to follow God’s purpose. He left nothing to turn back to.
Tearing down strongholds means that we leave nothing for satan to use against us. Totally demolishing all vestiges of the lie can only be done through God’s implanted word.
Will power doesn’t work, neither do good intentions or self effort. John 6:63 says, “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.” Anything we do in our own strength is powerless to bring lasting change.
How do we know if we have hidden strongholds? We can look for the telltale signs. One is stubborn habits. They are a great indicator. They always oppose God’s way in our thoughts. They are also self-centered, and resist change. They are emotional fillers. We default to them unknowingly.
A mind reset brings inner transformation. Think of the caterpillar. It goes into the cocoon. I wonder if it even suspects that it is going in there to die. It melts. From the liquid of what was a caterpillar God forms the butterfly. There is no vestige of the old.
In Jeremiah 1:10 we have God’s way. It says, “…to root out and pull down, to destroy and to throw down, to build and to plant.” We do this as we renounce the lie that was planted (root out and pull down), and affirm the truth as we implant it in our hearts (build and plant). That is the power of a mind reset–uproot the lies and replant with God’s eternal truth.