Thursday, July 30 2020
PULLING DOWN STRONGHOLDS PART II
But will God indeed dwell with men on the earth? Behold Heaven and the Heaven of heavens cannot contain You. How much less this temple which I have built. II Chronicles 6:18
In the previous messages, we saw Gideon and Elijah tear down the strongholds of idolatry that Israel was worshiping, and in this portion, we will see the temple of God built by Solomon to establish a place for the presence of God to dwell!
This is why America is being ripped apart, plagued with a pandemic with violent mobs rioting in the streets, robbing, killing and destroying the history in order to build a powerful stronghold of evil to dominate the land! Lawlessness abounds because the word of God has been removed out of the conscience of this country and a liberal spirit of anti-Christ has moved in, poisoning the hearts and minds of the people!
The most powerful entity in the world, the true church of the Lord Jesus Christ must take a stand and war with the powers of darkness that have overtaken the lives of millions. Not by voting but by intercession, praying in the Spirit, and tearing down the ideologies that give power to these strongholds! Doctrines of demons and the traditions of men have weakened the church of God and their leaders have refused to train and equip the greatest fighting force the world has ever known!
Yet regard the prayer of Your servant and his supplication, O Lord my God, and listen to the cry and the prayer which Your servant is praying before You. II Chronicles 6:19
A SPIRITUAL HOUSE
You also as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. I Peter 2:5
Solomon was building a physical house for God, a type and shadow of the one to come, founded when Jesus went to the cross. We are now the temple of the Holy Spirit, no longer housed in a building but comprised of living breathing stones bound together with love and fellowship.
This revelation of God's living temple has been clouded by eons of the traditions and doctrines of men. Ever since Constantine made Christianity the state religion the devil has tried to resurrect the old priesthood and cram the body of Christ into a building made of stone, sealed up as a tomb in which to die and rot in a pew.
To most of the modern-day saints this revelation is only a distant dream and although they recite things like, "We are the temple of the Holy Spirit," they trudge off every Sunday to sit in a mausoleum of good intentions while all the while they are missing God's plan and destiny for His body!
But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. I Peter 2:9
BREAKING THE CHAINS OF RELIGION
Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principals of the world, and not according to Christ. Colossians 2:8
In order to pull down strongholds, one must be free from religion and break out from the traditions and doctrines of man to which you have been chained! You have been brain-washed! Just mention the word church and we think of the lily-white building on the corner with double doors and a steeple on top where nice clean upstanding well dressed citizens go once a week.
Think about it, some are traditional, some progressive and some charismatic but they are all wrapped in the same package. The pastor is the CEO overseeing his flock who come to hear three points and a poem, sing some songs, take up an offering and go home and watch football. Instead of being trained and equipped for service in God's kingdom, you are made to sit, after all, you pay the pastor to do the work!
You are awakened in the middle of the night to an emergency situation, or a friend is dying in the hospital and needs healing, or someone needs deliverance from a demonic stronghold, who do you call, "Ghost Busters?" No! You call pastor because you don't know how to do anything but sit and pay him to do it! Elijah built an altar to contain the fire and presence of God, Solomon built a glorious house for the presence of God, but man has built a prison to hold you captive in bondage to dead religion!
For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily, and you are complete in Him who is the Head of all principality and power. Colossians 2:9
Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin
Wednesday, July 22 2020
PULLING DOWN STRONGHOLDS
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds. II Corinthians 10:3,4
The body of Christ has been given all power and authority to bind and loose, heal the sick and cast out demons, but one of the greatest weapons in our arsenal is the supernatural power to pull down the strongholds of the enemy!
A stronghold is a fortress or a heavily fortified containment or simply a strong-hold the enemy has in a city, a country, or even in a person. In a city, you can see places the devil has fortified, such as areas of drugs, prostitution, violence, and just plain darkness. In countries, the enemy takes over governments and in many around the world, Communism, Socialism, and Marxism have been established holding millions in bondage.
People can also have strongholds of lust, drug addiction, alcoholism, and many other strongholds of sin and darkness! Someone who has a sin that has dominated their life is being held captive by the devil and needs deliverance to set them free!
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. II Timothy 2:25,26
PULLING DOWN THE ALTAR OF BAAL
And it came to pass that the Lord said to Gideon, "Take your father's young bull, the second bull of seven years old and tear down the altar of Baal that your father has and cut down the wooden image that is beside it; build an altar to the Lord your God." Judges 6:25,26
Baal literally means, lord or master, sometimes referred to as the prince of life or god of life and fertility. God instructed Gideon to pull down the altar of Baal and the wooden image of Asherah next to it! Asherah was a goddess who was portrayed as a wooden cult object to be worshiped.
Although in the New Testament we don't hear of Baal and Asherah, to us they were types and shadows of the principalities we as the body of Christ are to engage and defeat! Today in America we see many places where a principality has taken over a community or territory and dominated it. A principality is an angelic prince assigned to a territory, country, or government.
We as the body of Christ have been given all power and authority over the enemy, but wisdom and discernment must be used before engaging in warfare! Number one, are you being led to take on a certain stronghold of the enemy, and is the Holy Spirit giving you the wisdom to do so? It is of the utmost importance to know that God is with you as well as others in agreement because there will be a counter-attack!
Casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled. II Corinthians 10:5,6
ESTABLISHING THE ALTAR OF GOD
Then Elijah said to all the people, "Come near to me." So all the people came near to him. And he repaired the altar of the Lord that was broken down. I Kings 18:30
Ahab and Jezebel ruled the land and were wicked in the sight of the Lord, Elijah, a type of Christ came against them, destroyed their evil prophets and built an altar to the Lord that restored righteousness and peace! America has become like Israel because the preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ has ceased in the past fifty years allowing demonic strongholds to be built!
Without the word of God that promotes repentance from sin, there is lawlessness and the powers of darkness are released to wreak havoc as they have done here in our own country! Without God's law, a liberal spirit of anti-Christ was allowed to move across the land establishing major strongholds of evil such as "Women's Lib" that promoted abortion which murdered millions of unborn citizens. Next, a door was opened and the homosexual crawled out into the light which eventually normalized perversion of all kinds and is now promoting pedophilia as a normal lifestyle for raising kids without fathers!
The longer we allow the devil to rule, the worse it will get! We as the body of Christ have stood by watching these strongholds being built until now all Hell has broken loose and God has been expelled from government, schools and I am afraid even churches who have been lulled to sleep by false prophets! Who would have ever dreamed America would be overtaken and "Mob Rule" would take over portions of cities and promoted socialism and Marxism? Civil war is next, with blacks demanding history to be erased, segregation restored and reparations to be paid to a people who were never slaves! So, now what do we do in this seemingly hopeless situation?
"Hear me O Lord, hear me, that these people may know that You are the Lord God and that You have turned their hearts back to You again." Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt sacrifice and the wood and the stones and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. Now all the people saw it and fell on their faces and they said, "The Lord, He is God! The Lord He is God!" I Kings 18:37-39
Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin