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