Uprooting Strongholds

All strongholds have a foundation. If it is a demonic stronghold, the foundation was laid by a lie believed. If it is a Scriptural foundation, it was laid at the time we accepted Jesus as our Savior. 2 Timothy 2:19 says, “Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: The Lord knows those who are His, and Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.”

Our solid foundation is unshakable because it is eternal. Paul instructed his readers to be careful how they built on their foundation. 1 Corinthians 3:12  says, “Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood hay, straw, each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is.”

Our salvation is a marvelous stronghold. Proverbs 18:10 says, “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.” Psalm 71:3 says, “Be my strong refuge, to which I may resort continually; You have given the commandment to save me, for You are my rock and my fortress.” Psalm 62:2 says, “He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be greatly moved.”

Ephesians 4:27 says, “Nor give place for the devil.” 1 Peter 5:8 says that the devil seeks those he can devour. When we open our lives to sin’s traps, we give the enemy of our soul real estate in our heart. He seizes that opportunity and sets up a stronghold within. We no longer battle his fiery dart lies from without. We have to renew our mind  so we can fight from the inside of our heart.

Psalm 119:11 says, “Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.” Jeremiah 1:10 recorded how we are to deal with inner strongholds that have a stranglehold on our lives. It says, “…to root out and to pull down, to destroy and to throw down, to build and to plant.” The other day my neighbor was pulling out shrubs. He had thoroughly soaks the roots. Then he tied a rope around the first one. I watched as he pulled his truck forward and the whole shrub just came out ~ roots and all.

Here is our practical application. The Holy Spirit has shown us our demonic stronghold. I will use fear as an example. We soak our heart with verses that speak to this issue. Here are some references you can look up if you like. Isaiah 41:10, Isaiah 26:3, Psalm 118:6. Psalm 56:3-4. We soak our roots by reading these verses over and over. It is like taking medicine, only we are saturating our roots with truth.

When any thought of fear rises from within us, we fight it through His word. That is like taking a rope of His word, wrapping it around the fear, and pulling it out roots and all. We need to confess that we allowed that fiery dart to enter and set up camp. We renounce the lie! We affirm our hearts with the truth of God’s word. That is the effective process of uprooting, pulling down, destroying, throwing down, and then building and planting. Remember, it is God’s word that is mighty for pulling down strongholds. It also empowers us to rebuild with gold, silver, and precious stones.

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