With reference to demons and the deliverance ministry, there are many definitions of stronghold, and taking some time to look at them can help to understand this important subject. It is possible to find many articles about strongholds, some of them very lengthy. Nevertheless it is worth studying this subject in some depth, as demon strongholds can and do often cause blocks to deliverance. Demonic strongholds in people can blind them, prevent people from realizing that they need deliverance and prevent them understanding how to go about obtaining deliverance.
In a way it is simple: a stronghold is just that – a STRONG hold.” Yet the subject of demonic strongholds is deep and complex 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. If we are used to listening to demons, without realizing it, for whatever reason, then that is a another form of stronghold they have in us.
The Bible tells us to give NO place to the devil. Not some place, just a little place, but no place. The Bible tells us that we are to hate evil, like God does. There is a saying amongst deliverance ministers: “Only the desperate get delivered”.
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 who come to steal, kill and destroy, and only know how to betray in the end. We ought to be only listening to God and what He has told us in His word, they are the words of life. So if you are listening to demons who are liars, repent (which means to change your mind) and stop listening to the lies, and start listening to what God has said.
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 they were, there would be no need to repeatedly ask God to deliver us from evil.
When Christians believe that they do not need deliverance, that demons cannot get to them, influence or harass them in any way, then that counters God’s word and indicates a stronghold of pride which needs to be taken down.
After Jesus was baptised 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 in scripture.