God has given weapons to bring down strongholds
Having a relationship with Jesus certainly doesn’t mean we will be free of problems or struggles. Life can be tough, and even as Christians, we will face many challenges.
Before we were saved, we were no threat to the devil. But when we accepted Jesus into our hearts, something changed. We took up a new residence in the spiritual battlefield and immediately became an enemy of Satan.
We live in two worlds—the natural world and the spiritual world. Both are going on around us, yet one we can see, and the other we cannot. When we find ourselves faced with battles or temptations in our lives, we must realize there’s much more going on than what we see with our natural eyes. Many of our battles, struggles, and trials are rooted in the spiritual realm. As a result, war must be waged on the spiritual battlefield and fought with spiritual weapons.
Equipped For Victory
God is a good God and would never leave us defenceless or send us into battle unequipped. He has given us the most powerful weapon in the world: His Word. But too often we wrestle with strongholds like depression, addiction, sickness, poverty, loneliness, or relationship conflicts in our own strength instead of utilizing our spiritual resources in Christ.
The Bible is referred to as “the sword of the Spirit” for good reason (Ephesians 6:17). God’s Word is the ultimate authority over the lies of the enemy. Something happens when we put the Scriptures in our heart and mouth and begin to point them at the enemy. God’s Word will dethrone principalities and release the power you need to stand your ground.
Remember, you are not in a fight for victory—victory is already yours. You’re just enforcing it! But the only way to gain true victory over the enemy is through the truth written in God’s Word. The apostle Paul reminds us in 2 Corinthians 10:3-4: “Though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds.”
Your spiritual weapons are mighty in God to overcome the strongholds of the devil. Through the truth of God’s Word, you have been given dominion over the strongholds in your life. In exercising this authority, you let the enemy know he no longer has permission to harass you.
Defeating Satan’s Lies
The devil is a liar. That’s his nature. Scripture tells us he is “the father of lies” (John 8:44). From childhood, we learn to believe his lies: lies about God, the world, other people, and ourselves. Yet God wants to uncover those lies in order to replace them with His truth.
Jesus promises us as His disciples: “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32). If you ask the Holy Spirit, He will reveal any of Satan’s lies you’ve believed. You don’t have to go through a long ritual. Simply pray, open your heart, and ask Him to show you.
The answer might not come right away. You may need to be patient and persistent. But if you will wait on the Lord for your breakthrough, He will bring you the answer.
Patience is not a virtue that comes easily for me. I have to work at it, and maybe you do as well. But if you don’t grow frustrated or give up, you will be able to face the lies and replace them with the truth—and the truth will set you free!
When God reveals the root of any strongholds or lies, it’s time to confront Satan’s lies with Scripture and allow God’s Spirit to heal you.
Going On the Offensive
Remember: If you’re a child of God, the devil has no rights in your life. But you must move into an offensive position and take back anything the enemy has stolen. Speak to your circumstances as a child of the King and joint heir with Christ. Your words create your realities, so don’t take them lightly.
Don’t stop pressing in until the victory comes. As a Christian, you have power over the devil, but he’s not going to give in without a fight. You must realize the authority and the spiritual weapons God has given you! He also wants to empower you with wisdom and discernment on how to use those weapons.
May God awaken the mighty warrior inside of you! Through His anointing, you can pull down strongholds in your own life and go to battle on behalf of your loved ones.
Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. — Ephesians 6:12
Let's take our stand and see what God can do