The Word This Week – THE DANGER OF DWELLING IN A STRONGHOLD

 

Power suggestion. Initially what the enemy does is that: The enemy comes in and suggest something in your mind. A thought. You are confronted with a choice. You can either approve it or disapprove it.

Or you can rebuke it and cast it out or you can play around with it by entertaining them, by feeding them. You are approving the lies of the enemy about a number of issues that you may be facing in life.

A mindset will be established… A thought pattern will be formed.. 

Before Israel was to enter the Promised Land, Moses send out 12 spies, into the land to see what the cities were like, including if there were any stronghold in the land (Numbers 13:19). 

 

THEY BELIEVED WHAT THEY SAW

The twelve spies returned and reported what they saw (the physical). We get two different perspectives from the spies. Ten spies who saw the physical reported the land was too strong and impossible to conquer.

 

Then they told him, and said: “We went to the land where you sent us. It truly flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. 28 “Nevertheless the people who dwell in the land are strong; the cities are fortified and very large; moreover we saw the descendants of Anak there. 29 “The Amalekites dwell in the land of the South; the Hittites, the Jebusites, and the Amorites dwell in the mountains; and the Canaanites dwell by the sea and along the banks of the Jordan.” (Numbers 13:27-29) 

 

TWO BELIEVED IN A GOD WHOSE IS ABLE 

However, Caleb and Joshua rejected the view of the 10 spies; they saw God as a sovereign God high and lifted up who is capable of giving them victory over the giants and strongholds of the land (The Spiritual).

 

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Therefore we as the Lord’s army need to know how to wage war against the enemy and to remove strongholds. Like in the olden days where walls were built to fortify cities. The enemy would always pull down these strongholds first before they take over the cities. We need to target the spiritual strongholds of our enemy, satan.

 

Then Caleb quieten the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.” 31 But the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we.”  (Numbers 13:30-31) 

 

THE STRUGGLE BETWEEN THE FAITHFUL AND THE FAITHLESS 

Do you agree..”Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe” (Hebrews 11:1)? 

You could almost see the struggle, the faithful minority versus the faithless majority.  The people were so defeated and faithless in God’s ability they would have stoned Moses, Joshua and Caleb if the Lord did not intervene (Numbers 14).  They were planning to go back to Egypt after they selected a leader. 

Listen! The Lord would have destroyed the faithless generation, but Moses interceded.  Because of Moses, God instead allowed the generation of the faithless Israel to wander around the deserts of Sinai and die there. 

 

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A PRICE TO BE PAID FOR UNBELIEF

Israel’s plight illustrates a point, when we reject God’s promises because of unbelief; we end up wandering in a wilderness. An 11 day journey kept them wondering for 40 years in the wilderness because they refused to take God at His word. Instead, like the Israelites in the wilderness, we easily buy into what the world is selling us.

You know what?  Obeying the Lord is not always easy, but nevertheless it’s always the best option. Sometimes it may be, though, we have to stand alone for what we believe. When we are following the Lord, we’re never really alone because He’s always with us. Each time we choose to obey Him, He strengthens us to stand firm and promises to bless us.

In the case of Joshua and Caleb they were able to see victory through the eyes of God despite the strongholds in the Promised Land.  Joshua and Caleb were wearing God’s armour, as opposed to the 10-spies. 

They were willing to wage war on the Canaanite cities, because they knew it was not them, but the Lord who would give them victory.  It is the Lord who will fight the battle for them.

David fought Goliath by wearing the armour of God. He did not fight Goliath by his own strength and his own might.  

 

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Before the battle took place in the field, it was already conceived in the mind.  The minds of the 10 spies were controlled by fear.  They had a grasshopper mentality of defeat and failure. The army of Israel before the Philistine Goliath, a giant, was defeated in the mind, before an arrow flew. The battle began in the mind, and then it manifested in the physical.

The armour of God gives us the ability to be victorious in the battle of the mind. Putting on the full armour of God, allows us to stand against the schemes of Satan, whose goal is to defeat and paralyse the faithful children of God.

 

HOW TO TEAR DOWN A STRONGHOLD?

It is important to grow in God’s Word, because it is your primary weapon for tearing down the strongholds of deception that the enemy has been sowing into your mind. A mind of Christ is scriptural, that means the mind of Christ is rooted in the authority of the word of God.

The apostle Paul defines strongholds as speculations or lofty things raised up against the knowledge of God. It is any type of thinking that exalts itself above the knowledge of God, thereby giving the devil a secure place of influence in an individual’s thought-life. When you carry any thought that is not in line with God’s word. the enemy will find you.

 

2 Corinthians 10:4, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds.”

 

Strongholds are birthed and dwell in deception (which are lies and false beliefs), so naturally the cure is to bring the truth in God’s Word on the scene. You debunk the lies of the enemy, with the truth, which is in the Word of God! The Bible says that our weapons are mighty for the tearing down of strongholds (2 Cor 10:4).

 

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What is our primary offensive weapon? The sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God (Ephesians 6:17). Truth dispels deception and lies, and therefore the more truth you bring into a situation, the more the darkness must flee. This is where it’s important to grow in God’s Word, is because it is your primary weapon for tearing down the strongholds of deception that the enemy has been feeding you.

In John 8:31-36, Jesus tells us that we can be held in bondage due to strongholds in our lives. And His solution was to, “continue in my word… and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (v. 32-32) Strongholds are torn down as we meditate on God’s Word, which is the truth!

 

Note: Rev Dr Jai Kumar is an ordained & licensed minister of Covenant Ministries International N.J. USA. He is a mission minded pastor who carries an apostolic anointing who preaches and teaches an uncompromising gospel with boldness. A member of ECCM (Malaysia) Spiritual Adviser & overseer to various ministries and churches. An itinerant speaker. He is also the author of a book entitled, ‘God’s Time Clock.’ Currently he worships at C3 Subang.

 

 

 

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