“For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 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” (2 Corinthians 10:3–5, NIV).
A stronghold is a fortified place that has been dominated by someone or something other than yourself. It is a place where a particular belief is upheld. Most people think of strongholds as an “outward sin,” such as an addiction, a sexual trespass, etc. But the type of stronghold that Paul is referring to in this particular scripture is the stronghold of the mind.
The mind is a very powerful thing, and the enemy knows that where the mind goes, the woman follows; therefore, he will try his very best to set up his deceiving tent in the field of your mind. Remember this: He is after your mind because he knows that if he can have your mind, he can have your life, and if he can have your life then he can rob you of your destiny. Have you ever had tormenting thoughts that scream out . . .
“You are not good enough!”
“You will never change!”
“You will never find the right one!”
“God will not forgive what you did!”
“Give up; you are not a spiritual person!”
Where do you think these thoughts come from? Definitely not from God! The Lord instructs us in His Word that we are to “demolish [tear down] arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive [prisoner] every thought to make it obedient to Christ’’ (verse 5). How do you gain knowledge? By daily simmering on the truth of God’s Word. If the lying whispers that engulf your mind don’t match up with God’s truth, then they have to go.
The problem with most people is that they allow these lies to replay in their minds over and over. What started once as a seed has now been deeply rooted, creating strongholds and bondage that will be difficult to uproot. Scripture tells us in Colossians 3:2 that we are to purposefully set our minds on heavenly things and keep them set; but this is not an overnight thing, it takes discipline and practice. When we learn to combat the lies of the enemy with the powerful, invincible, incorruptible Word of God, those thoughts have no other option but to wither away, because darkness always fades when encountered by light.
I can relate to how deceiving a deeply rooted stronghold feels because I’ve dealt with some of them myself. But I can also testify that the truth of God’s Word overcame the battlefield of my mind. I didn’t overcome with a quick prayer or a one-time visit to a Sunday church service; it took time meditating on my new identity in Christ and who He says I am:
“I am God’s child” (see John 1:12).
“I have been established, anointed, and sealed by God” (see 2 Corinthians 1:21–22).
“I am holy and blameless” (see Ephesians 1:4).
“I am victorious” (see I John 5:4).
“I am the righteousness of God” (see 2 Corinthians 5:21).
“I am more than a conqueror” (see Romans 8:37).
The thing is, if you don’t know who you are in Christ, then you’re vulnerable to believe in something that is false. Once your identity in Christ has become a Rhema in your spirit, hell can break loose with a legion of lies; but you will remain unmovable and unshakable. God has too much in store for you. Don’t allow the accuser and the deceiver to consume you.
You are who God says you are, and you will do what God says you will do. Break those strongholds. It’s time to regain God’s territory in your mind!
Prayer: Father, I thank You for Your Word and the knowledge of Your truth. Thank You for the authority You have given me, through Christ Jesus, to bring into captivity all negative mind-sets and strongholds that rob me of my blessings and keep me bound. I declare I have the mind of Christ, and I proclaim my freedom today. I pray You help me stand firm on who I am in You. Amen!