In order to tear down a mental stronghold, we have to first understand how it was erected. In 2 Corinthians 10:5, it says to bring every thought captive. It is impossible to monitor every thought. Therefore, we need a foundation of truth that will be our sentinel to alert us of a pride-thought.
Verse 4 says, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.” Our flesh-thought can only be fought with His Spirit-word. The more His words of truth are hidden in our heart, the more we readily recognize the lies of the enemy. Faith comes by hearing the word. Our door shield of faith is what quenches all the fiery darts of the evil one.
It is imperative to look at our areas of defeat through the magnifying glass of His word. How do they measure up? Let’s take Matthew 15:18. It says that the things we say are coming from our heart. Matthew 12:34 says the same thing.
Matthew 15:19 says, “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts…” An evil thought is anything that undermines the truth of God’s word. Have you ever had a thought of suicide? That opposes Psalm 139, Psalm 119:73, Jeremiah 1:5, Isaiah 43:7. Therefore an evil thought is a fiery dart lie. When we accept it, believe it, and make it our own, it will become a stronghold that controls our lives.
Take an area of defeat in your life. You have tried many avenues to get victory but they all failed. Defeat is a heart negligence issue. Proverbs 4:23 says to guard our hearts with diligence. Our heart is our belief center. Therefore, take your area of defeat and ask this question: what do I believe about myself? 2 Corinthians 4:13 says that we believe and speak what we believe. If what you believe does not line up with Scripture, then it is a lie-stronghold.
Colossians 3:9-10 says, “Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him.” Ephesians 4:22-24 says to put off, then renew our mind, then put on. Sandwiched between putting off and putting on is the essential of mind renewal.
We will have no victory until the stronghold is destroyed through truth. Confess your sin (defeat) to the Lord, acknowledging that you have been living satan’s lie. Then renew your mind through truth. Gird that truth around your mind.
Here is my faith affirmation: I have victory through Your death on the cross. Through faith I now root out and pull down, destroy and thrown down the strongholds that are defeating me. I will continue to renew my mind with truth, building new strongholds that will establish my heart and strengthen my walk with You Lord.