Our thoughts come from what is hidden in our heart. Our thoughts are based on our experiences which give voice through our motives behind our thoughts. Our thoughts precede our actions. Our actions reveal our character and habits. Then what are mindsets? They are inner strongholds. They capture and imprison our heart convictions. They are like citadels, or fortresses that guard us.
Daniel is a great example. He purposed something in his heart. What was it? It was a non negotiable, deep seated conviction, or a mindset that ruled his thoughts and actions. It was a righteous stronghold that could not be entered or shaken. Job is another example. Job 31:1 Amplified says, “I dictated a covenant (an agreement) to my eyes; how then could I look (lustfully) upon a girl?” Perhaps eye covenants should be part of the wedding vows.
David sinned with Bathsheba. He had no inner conviction. He gazed upon her. There was no covenant with his eyes. They roamed at his will. Yet he was called by God as a man after His own heart. Psalm 51 was David’s confession. In verse 10 he asked God to, “Create in me a clean heart, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”
Psalm 16 was written by David. Verse 8 says, “I have set the Lord always before me; because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.” By setting the Lord before him, he created a stronghold-conviction. Moses set something before the children of Israel. Deuteronomy 30:15 says, “See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil.” Verse 19 says, “I call heaven and earth as a witness today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live.”
Colossians 3:2 says, “Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.” Anything that we set our eyes on in this life will be temporal. James 3:15 says that the world’s wisdom, “…does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic.” 2 Timothy 2:25-26 says that we are to correct those who oppose God and His ways. Here is why, “…if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.”
Inner demonically influenced strongholds come through fiery dart lies. They are lies that we have believed which then penetrated deep. They became an inner stronghold. They oppose God and His ways. They are fortresses of thoughts. The lies are deep seated and continually seep into our thought processes. They are satan’s counterfeit to spiritual strongholds of God’s word that will enable us to resist the devil and all his wiles.
How do you know if you have mindsets? Look for stubborn practices, ruts, or hidden sin. 1 Samuel 15:23 says, “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord…” Hosea 10:13 says, “You have plowed wickedness; you have reaped iniquity. You have eaten the fruit of lies, because you trusted in your own way…”
There is great news! 2 Corinthians 10:4 says, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.” Verse 5 aptly described a stronghold. It says, “Casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God…” I encourage you to ask the Holy Spirit to open the eyes of your understanding. May He illuminate the dark corners of our heart where the demonic strongholds are hidden. His word-sword is ready to slice it in two, and then tear it down!