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