Monday, November 02 2020
PULLING DOWN STRONGHOLDS PART VI
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints. Ephesians 6:18
This sixth and seventh part is about "Practical Application," how to apply this revelation knowledge to the actual spiritual warfare you are engaging in. We as believers are always learning, but as the scripture warns, many never come to the knowledge of the truth!
First of all it is imperative that you be free from sin and disobedience before you engage the enemy who will use condemnation to defeat you. Next, obedience is of the utmost importance in order to see that which you are pulling down loosed and destroyed. You must be led by Holy Spirit's voice and not your flesh or your own understanding. You may be led to confess whatever sin led to a stronghold being erected so that God can pull it down.
When the children of Israel crossed the Jordan to defeat Jericho, God was very specific of how they were to do it! He told them to march around the city seven times and on the seventh time the priests were to blow the trumpet and all of Israel was to shout! What if they had grown tired and only went five times around the city? There would have been no defeat and God would receive no glory because of man's disobedience.
But it came to pass on the seventh day that they rose early, about the dawning of the day, and marched around the city seven times in the same manner. On that day only they marched around the city seven times. And the seventh time it happened, when the priests blew the trumpets, that Joshua said to the people: “Shout, for the LORD has given you the city! Joshua 6:15,16
BINDING AND LOOSING
"And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of Heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in Heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in Heaven." Matthew 16:19
After Peter had received a revelation from God of who Jesus was, "The Anointed One," Jesus gave he and the church the keys to defeat the powers of darkness and pull down demonic strongholds. The divine power to bind and loose is one of the most powerful weapons in our heavenly arsenal.
A strong-hold is exactly what it implies, it is something that has a strong-hold on a person, place or thing! A fortress built usually because of sin and rebellion and is guarded by the devil. If it is a strong-hold in a person's life, many times that person will protect it from being exposed because he doesn't want to repent because his sin is pleasurable. Take for instance pornography, lust, drug addiction, alcoholism and adultery which if not repented of will lead to possession and sometimes even death!
There is a great example of two men who had a strong-hold that led to their demise, one was the strongest man to ever live, Samson and one of the greatest military commanders in the history of the world, David. These two men were greatly anointed by God to defeat His enemies but because they didn't heed His commandments they were both destroyed, one was killed and the other's brilliant career was ruined! We would do well to look closely at the lives of these two great men and observe their disobedience lest we also destroy our own life.
Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife. And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, 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 2:22-26
STRONGMAN WITH A STRONGHOLD
For behold, you shall conceive and bear a son. And no razor shall come upon his head, for the child shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb; and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.” Judges 13:5
Samson was a Nazirite, an Israelite consecrated to the service of God, under vows to abstain from alcohol, and could not let their hair grow, and were to avoid defilement by contact with corpses. Samson was one of the strongest men that ever lived, having received his great strength and anointing from God to judge and destroy His enemies!
One of the reasons Samson failed, like many young Christians do, myself included, is the fact that his character hadn't caught up to his anointing. Samson didn't seem to realize what it meant to be a Nazirite, set apart for the service of God because he defiled his parents by giving them honey from the corpse of a lion, something he wasn't suppose to touch and he ran with his enemies, something very dangerous for a believer to do. If you have a problem with lust you don't hang out at a top-less bar!
Samson's downfall came when he was embittered when his bride to be was given to another and after that he fell in love with an unbeliever, something a believer can never do! He not only fell in love with a woman named Delilah, he teased her about the source of his great strength and fell asleep on her lap. After telling her the truth this deadly "Jezebel" called in the Philistines who quickly shaved his head, gouged out his eyes and bound him with bronze chains, a symbol of judgment and made him a slave. Eventually I believe he repented and as his hair began to grow his strength returned and when they brought him into their coliseum to make sport of him, his last great feat of strength came when he brought down the arena, killing his enemies and himself, a sin unto death!
Then Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines!” And he pushed with all his might, and the temple fell on the lords and all the people who were in it. So the dead that he killed at his death were more than he had killed in his life. Judges 16:30
Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin