A stronghold is a set of beliefs or collection of ideas, information and knowledge about experiences which is not of God and 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)
Therefore a stronghold can be likened to a fortress, we need to identify, and then 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)
In a way it is simple: a stronghold is just that – a ‘strong hold’. It is simple on the face of it, yet it is well worth studying the subject of strongholds in some depth, as demonic strongholds are a common cause of blocks to deliverance. There are many articles, some of them lengthy, about strongholds and even some books on that subject. Listening to various explanations can help one to get a clear understanding about demonic strongholds and how they work in reality. This is necessary as demons are such expert deceivers, and demonic strongholds in people can completely blind them, preventing them from realizing that they even need deliverance or how to go about obtaining deliverance. Thus not recognising that they have strongholds can cause someone to suffer torment unnecessarily.
Scripture 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 without realizing what they are doing. That can be due to strongholds that they don’t even realise are there. As devils are liars and deceivers, it can only be dangerous to listen to them, as, no matter what, they will always betray us in the end. So if we are used to listening to demons, even without realizing it, by whatever mechanism and for whatever reason, then that is a form of stronghold they have in us.
There is a saying amongst deliverance ministers: “Only the desperate get delivered”. God’s word tells us to give no place to the devil. Not some place, or just a little place, but no place. The Bible also tells us to hate evil, like God does. That’s why it’s crucial that we learn not to listen to anything or anyone who says anything that does not line up with what God says in His word.
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 the story. Sin came about because Eve listened to what Lucifer told her, that she should doubt God’s word when the serpent said:”Yay, hath God said?”
Instead of listening to what God had told her, Eve chose not only to disobey and rebel against God but to believe that God may not have told them the truth, that God had lied. We play with fire when we listen to the lies of demons – like Eve did in the garden – instead of listening to what God has told us in the Bible which are the words of life.
Demons can put thoughts in our head because they can mimic our voice. They know what we have been through, what our weaknesses are, what appeals to us and what doesn’t. They know exactly how to worm (pun intended) their way into our hearts and minds to get to think along the lines that they want us to and believe what they are saying. That is why it is so important we read the Bible every day and learn what God says, then we will automatically know when we are listening to demons when we hear them saying something different than what the Bible says.
So if you have been listening to the lies of demons, repent (change your mind) and stop listening to them, and start listening only to what God has said in His word and believe Him because God never lies.
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, that counters God’s word and therefore indicates a stronghold of pride – “a vain imagination” – which needs to be taken down because it exalts itself against the word of God.
If Jesus was tempted, how could it be that we are not? As the Enemy is such an expert deceiver, when we are tempted, we may not even realise that is what is happening. 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.” That is why it is so important to study the Bible, because once we know what the Bible says, we can easily counter the lies of the devil with the words that God has given us in scripture.