Breaking Free From Demonic Strongholds
Scriptures For Meditation: Cor 10:3-6; Luke 11:21-22; Mark 3:27
Our mediation for today will be a follow on from the theme of the message that we heard in church last Sunday.
Excerpts of some of the points that were made in the sermon are highlighted below, to help us pray today as we wait on the Lord.
What’s Your Warfare?
As was said in the sermon, there are many Christians whose lives seem to be locked in a perpetual warfare mode; they are always in one battle or the other, trying hard to keep their head above water as they strive for a semblance of peace or that rest that is proving elusive, in their lives.
It seems like no matter how hard they try, the enemy always has a kind of hook on them that he engages to pull them back several steps, as soon as they take one step forward —The enemy has them locked in a kind of demonic stronghold, from which he exerts his disabling influence over their lives and destinies.
These strongholds have such demonic holds over their lives, that are preventing their stories from changing as God has declared over them in this season.
What Are These Strongholds?
A disabling spirit or a situation that prevents us from moving forward in our walk with God; it hinders our progress into the fullness of what God has for us, or limits us from being fully free to worship and serve Him.
For some people, it can be
• That one prevailing problem that persistently stalks your life — Where Satan seems to have a hook in you.
• Strongholds are those old, difficult, discouraging challenges.
• The various obstacles resembling a fortress which exist, and which are designed and adapted to oppose the knowledge of the truth and the triumph of the Christian’s cause.
Fighting the good fight of faith
Strongholds will keep people from being delivered — to read the word, to understand the word, to pray, to believe what you have read, or to even see that you need deliverance. (It limits or prevents consistency in the Christian walk).
Strongholds exert spiritual influences over the life of a person and hinder the work of God in the life of that person, preventing the power of God from manifesting as it should.
What Freedom Looks Like
When you walk free of strongholds, you will walk free of consistent interruptions in your life — You will walk in the consistent favour of God manifesting in your life and His anointing becomes even more evident in your life.
Demonic Strongholds are established and entrenched in a believer’s life, wherever there is darkness. Unconfessed Sin and ignorance of the truth of God’s word, are the two main grounds of darkness that enable these strongholds in the life of a believer!
Go through the lists below, and confront the ones that God will minister to you specifically, with confession and repentance.
He may also bring some other things not mentioned here to your notice.
SIN — manifests in different ways; some of these are:
• Anger – a powerful stronghold in many Christians’ lives.
• Malice and unforgiveness are also powerful strongholds that need to be confronted in the life of the believer.
• Doubt and unbelief
• Rebellion and disobedience (James 4:17)
Lies of the enemy that are contrary to the truth of God’s word concerning your life; things that the enemy has used to attack and limit you.
Some Examples of these are:
• Poverty — lack of resources you need to fulfil purpose
• Barrenness and Stagnation
• Strife and Contention
• Low self-esteem
• Persistent Failure or Fear of Failure
Pray that God will destroy every stronghold that may be in your mind, that has prevented the truth of God’s word from taking root and prospering in your life.
Pray that the light of God’s glory will expose and chase out the darkness that may be in your life through sin or ignorance.
Pray to God to demolish these strongholds from your life and bring you out from under the influence of their disabling power. (Eph 1:15-23; Col 1:9-14)
Ask that God will establish His own stronghold in and over your life, that will make your life an inaccessible fortress, safe and secure from the attacks and wiles of the enemy. (Ps 18:2)
Pray this prayer for your family / household, your business, ministry, career.
Pray the same prayer for this church and for the church family.
Pastor Wale Ola