The devil and his army of demons look for and know how to find the chink in our armour, to enable them to get a toehold, then a foothold, then a stronghold and then a stranglehold in people’s lives.
With particular reference to demons and the deliverance ministry, there are many and varied definitions of stronghold, and it is possible to find many articles about strongholds, some of them longwinded and complicated.
In a way it is simple: a stronghold is just that – a STRONG hold.” Yet it is also a deep and complex subject and each explanation can help to understand better in a different way about demonic strongholds and how they work.
A stronghold is a false view of God and a false view of ourselves, which is not according to God’s word. It is a set of beliefs or collection of ideas, information or knowledge which is not of God and which is not the truth and so therefore by default consists of lies.
“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” (2 Cor 10:5)
A stronghold is a fortress we should cast down, or pull down, dismantle, break up.
“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;” (2 Cor 10:4)
Scripture also tells us that Satan and his demons never come but to steal, kill and destroy. Yet it is astonishing how many people do listen to, believe and even trust demons. The devil and his servants are liars and deceivers and it can only be very dangerous to listen to them.
The Bible tells us to give NO place to the devil. Not some place, just a little place, but no place.
Whether anyone believes the account in Genesis of the fall of man in the Garden of Eden is a true story, or not, it is undeniable that there is much we can learn from this account. Initially, sin came about because Eve listened to what Lucifer said instead of to what God had told her, in disobedience and rebellion to God.
We ought not to be listening to demons, who are liars and deceivers and only know how to betray in the end. We ought to be listening to God and what He has told us in His word.
To be delivered as in salvation, is to be set free from bondage which is a form of stronghold.
Jesus told us to pray in the Lord’s Prayer: “Deliver us from evil.” Christians are not automatically delivered from demonic harassment. If Christians were automatically delivered from evil, there would be no need to repeatedly ask God to deliver us from evil.
What is more it was after Jesus was baptised that he went into the wilderness where the devil tried to tempt Him.
Each of the three times the devil tried to tempt Him, Jesus replied with “It is written.” In the same way we can counter the lies of the devil with the words that God has given us.
The Bible teaches us about spiritual warfare and Ephesians is an extremely effective spiritual warfare manual where we are told in very practical detail how we can put on the armour of God and stand and fight the good fight.
“Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free? Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”