2 Corinthians 10:4-5 NIV
The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the
contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We
demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against
the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it
obedient to Christ.
A stronghold is something that becomes a fortress in our minds that
seals sinful activity in, while attempting to seal God out.
Strongholds are not just addictions. A stronghold can also be: lies,
pride, warped philosophies, thoughts, and plans that challenge God.
Strongholds: finding yourself stuck in cycles, substances, people
and practices that don’t work, or fail to meet your real needs
Two Main Classes of Strongholds:
- Monster Strongholds
- Sleeper Strongholds
• Drugs, sex, alcohol, pornography, nicotine
Romans 7:18-21 NIV
For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful
nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it
out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to
do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no
longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. So I find this
law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me.
Proverbs 16:18 HCSB
Pride comes before destruction, and an arrogant spirit before a fall.
• Narcissism, food, shopping, social media
“Admitting you have a stronghold is not a declaration of your
weakness; it’s asking God for a demonstration of His strength.”
“Change your thought processes, and go beyond your mind’s present
state of limitations and sinful habits.”
Romans 12:2 ESV
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal
of your mind.
Attend means to take care of, minister to, take charge of, watch over
and guard your heart and mind.
We can’t just stop bad habits; we have to replace them with healthy
Romans 6:16-18 NIV
Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as
obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you
are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads
to righteousness? But thanks be to God that, though you used to be
slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of
teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. You have been set
free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.
ADMIT — REPENT — ATTEND — REPLACE
Benefits of Overcoming Strongholds:
- Relentless grit
Hebrews 10:38-39 NIV
“But my righteous one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the
one who shrinks back.” But we do not belong to those who shrink
back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.
James 1:2-3 NIV
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face
trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith
- Godly desperation
Psalm 18:2 NIV
The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my
rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation,
- Agents of redemption
Revelation 12:11 NIV
They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of
their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from