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Victory Over Strongholds

Reading your Bible can be a time to hear God speak to you in a very personal way

Victory Over Strongholds
What Is a Stronghold – Part VII

Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 10:1-5

Key Verse: 2 Corinthians 10:4
The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.

Here is one more truth to know and use to destroy the strongholds of our lives:

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God. (2 Corinthians 10:5a)

Let’s start at the end of this verse: “the knowledge of God”. To break any stronghold, we must know truths about God.

One way we gain knowledge of God is by reading the Bible. We need the Bible because it has life-giving knowledge to help us fight our battles.

Reading the Bible can be a time to hear God speak to us in a very personal way. God’s Holy Spirit can take a verse and impress it on our minds in such a way that we know it was for us.

I try to remember to say a quick prayer before I begin my Bible reading, asking the Holy Spirit to help me to know more about God and prepare me for that day’s challenges. I use a Study Bible that has notes at the bottom of each page, giving more insight into the verses. I seldom read a full chapter. I read shorter passages and then read the notes. God gave us the Bible to teach us and remind us of the truth for our lives!

Another way to gain knowledge of God and embed biblical truths in our brains is a weekly gathering time for believers. During a church service, God can use the songs we sing and the pastor’s message to increase our knowledge of God. At church, we can also develop great friends who can support us and pray for us… and we for them.

There is no such thing as a perfect church because there is no such thing as perfect people. However, God still uses the local church to help people grow strong in Him.

Believers who neglect their attendance at weekly gatherings open themselves up to Satan’s tricks and his strengthening of strongholds.

Finally, developing a consistent time each day for prayer is a strong weapon to break strongholds and keep us strong in the Lord.

Satan is going to attack us when we decide to have a daily prayer time because he knows that prayer is powerful.

Jesus told His followers to never give up praying (Luke 18:1). Sometimes our prayers can seem so lifeless and so powerless.

Do not give up. God is listening and is working even when you do not see it or feel it.

Father, help me to grow in my knowledge of You and use that knowledge to fight my battles and break every stronghold in my life. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.