Tearing Down Strongholds

First we have to recognize, acknowledge, and confess the lie that we are dealing with. For every lie there is a powerful counterpart weapon in God’s word. Do you struggle with fear? 2 Timothy 1:7 says that fear is a spirit which negatively influences your thoughts. Read it for yourself. It says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

A sound mind has disciplined thought patterns. Lies are undisciplined. They are rogue, pushy, and disruptive. They clamor for attention, and shout out distractions to pull us away from the truth. 

Ephesians 6:11 says, “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” One of our great pieces of armor is the belt of truth. 1 Peter 1:13 Amplified says, “So brace up your minds; be sober (circumspect, morally alert)…” 

Ephesians 5:15 Amplified says, “Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as unwise and witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people).”

We get our wisdom from the Lord. He has stored it up for us. As we read His word, observe it, and put it into practice, He will give it to us as we need it. His wisdom is our navigational tool that will guide us through troubled waters.

Proverbs 4:5-7 says, “Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth. Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you; love her, and she will keep you. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.”

Proverbs 7:6-27 was written about a young man devoid of understanding. Though this was written about a harlot, I like to think about it as the lying serpent. Parts of verses 21 and 23 say, “With her enticing speech she caused him to yield…he did not know it would cost his life.”

The lies of our enemy entice us to step aside from God’s proven paths of righteousness. They lure. They are wily, deceptive, pleasing, seductive, and are craftily hidden temptations.

Paul mentored his son in the faith by example. 1 Timothy 6:11-12 says, “But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith…”

We fight with truth wrapped around our thoughts. They continually emerge from our heart which is filled with truth mined from God’s word. It is a life skill. Our journey of sanctification is progressive. We go from battle to battle, remembering the victory that the Lord has won for us on the cross.

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