Tearing Down Strongholds


In my last post I wrote about the need to “rebuild the foundation,” in my life, as it pertained to my loved ones. I could see the enemy laying the groundwork, for many years, and he had robbed us of so much. The Holy Spirit, revealed everything to me, through His discernment, in His given time.

I had been deceived. Angry. Bitter. I had fought, because of the years of hurt that I’d experienced. Every bitter seed sown into my heart. The enemy had used this. And this is why the Lord tells us to keep this from taking root. Because the enemy is so good at what he does. He will allow this to grow in soil and we have eyes that perceive something, but we are looking through a flawed glass. He loves this. To focus on something else, so that we are distracted from the truth. As long as there is discord. Division. Because the power is in unity. That has always been the Lords message to us.

So if you see contention and division, you can bet that the enemy is at work. Spinning lies, to keep you divided. But how does he do this? He is a master at his craft. He’s been at it since the beginning of time. In the Garden of Eden. Look at how he spoke to Eve. He posed a question to make her doubt her creator. He didn’t use a blatant deception. It was a question making her doubt the authority of God.

Satan uses enough truth mixed with lies, to make it acceptable. This is the world system. He rules the world system, until the return of our Lord. Now, our responsibility as believers, is to understand this and to realize that each day presents another day of warfare.

He uses the people closest to us to bring us down. So therein lies, the meaning of the words which Jesus spoke of when he said, “And do not think that I came to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and a man’s enemies will be those of his own household. (Matthew 10:34) The warfare caused by the knowledge of this truth, is incredible, and the enemy will do everything possible to divide as a result.

Paul had spoken of this warfare in Ephesians. We skip past this in many teachings, and it is the most important aspect of a new believers life. I never understood what was happening to me in most situations, and I think that many believers are lost to the world, because they aren’t trained.

Christ taught His disciples to be spiritual soldiers and this is what is important. The Bride of Christ is a warrior Bride. We fight against spiritual forces of this world. As in any military, we need to understand our enemy. Paul said, “We are not ignorant of his schemes.”

In 2 Corinthians 10:4 “The weapons we fight with are not of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.” (NIV) Or in the New Living Translation, We use God’s might weapons not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of the human reasoning and to destroy the false arguments.

Now let’s look at the spiritual world versus the carnal world, for all the cynics out there. When you look at this world, you must admit, there is an order to it. There’s no denying this. Even the seasons, give reason to believe that there is some order to the universe.

Now, there is also an order in the spirit world, as there is in the natural world. Paul told us that “natural world speaks of things eternal.” So, we do know that the spirit world came first, and will exist after this.

We know that there is a heirerarchy, because our we are told of the greater and lesser beings. And He gave authority, even in heaven. He began this also in the Garden of Eden. It was important for everyone to submit to some authority and no one to be a law unto themselves. This is why Satan is referred to as, “the lawless one, full of rebellion.” It is also why the Lord said, that “He demands obedience above sacrifice.” And rebellion is as witchcraft.”

He wants us to know that He is a Father who loves us and protects us. That His discipline is not out of anger, but to keep us safe, from the enemy. He is full of love and compassion, as a perfect Father. The enemy’s lies are to keep us in fear and running from His love and protection, just as Adam and Eve did in the Garden.

The enemy will get a space, or foothold, in our mind,  and if it is anger, toward someone, he will spin a lie. Now our mind is like a battlefield. If this lie is not dealt with, it becomes a fortress, or stronghold. A stronghold is a belief system, by which we operate. Our basis for ‘truth,’ now comes from this position. This instead of God’s Word.  This is why the Lord tells us to “pull this down.”  We are told to “cast down every vain imagination, which exalts itself against the knowledge of Jesus Christ.”

I had a pastor preaching years ago about the meaning of Golgotha, and how appropriate. “The Skull.” For Christ to be crucified on the Mountain, and to have told us, in essence, put to death, every thought, which enters our mind, that doesn’t come from Him. I saw this place, when I went to Israel, and it gave me a shudder, to know, his blood ran down from this hill, for my sickening thoughts, which I refused to crucify. Every nail, that I placed in His flesh. Every thorn, I pounded into  His head, every time, I spit on Him. Every time, I mocked Him. Yes, that was me. And I wouldn’t dare think otherwise. All I could do was bow my head and say, forgive me Lord.

The enemy will go back and forth between two or more people. Hoping that they will not speak. He will continue to do this and build on this. The people get angrier and angrier. Sometimes not even realizing it is a lie. Terrible destruction happens as a result. As believer’s it is very frustrating. Even seem insane. Don’t forget. The enemy is good at what he does. Judas was a disciple. Just remember love each other, because the Lord loves all of us, and our one common enemy is doing this.

This is why the Lord says, “And if a brother offends another, go to this brother and speak to them.” Sometimes it has never even taken place. The enemy has lied about the whole thing. This is also why intervention takes place in families. Because the offending person, is spinning lies to everyone and keeping each person in their place. Hoping that no one finds out.

Why does a person do this? Because the enemy has this person so bound up in fear about their own sin, that they’re afraid, if anyone ever finds out who they really are, they will not be loved. But they have forgotten, that the Father knows all the secrets of our hearts. The hidden things. He loves us. The enemy has deceived them.  So, for the rest of their life, they live in bondage to the enemy. He holds the keys. He torments them. Satan is referred to as, “The Accuser of the brethren. He accuses us night and day before the Father. ” The Father wants repentance, and the enemy does not.

As long as we are in darkness, we are in prison. The Lord told us, “That they overcame him by the word of their testimony, and the blood of the lamb, and by not loving their lives unto death.”

 

The Skull

So, let’s tear down the strongholds together, and remember to love one another, as the Lord loves us!

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Rebuild the Foundation


I was talking to someone I love about this the other day. I wanted to speak to her about this in our lives, as I could see the enemy destroying our family and the ones around us. He is very clever in his tactics and I could see the deception was taking its toll on all of us.

“Let’s get together and talk, so we can rebuild the foundation.” I told her. I actually left, and mulled those words around in my head. That must have come from the Holy Spirit, I thought. As I was returning home to a kitchen which was about to be demolished. Her son was going to be helping with this project.

I was not relishing the fact, as I have an elderly mother to care for, and a host of other concerns. I do have a teenage son, and his nephews, which is a joy for them. This I thought would be the only bright side of the whole event. And the fact that I would be leaving on a vacation. But then again, I would be returning to this.

Well, as things go, my washing machine, broke down right before I left. I wasn’t happy about this. My pool turned a sickening shade of green, and refused to clean, regardless of how many chemicals I dumped into it. I was calling my pool service back. I had suspended it last year, in the hopes of saving money, and now was forced to look at this out my kitchen window, with the added shame, of having Mike, the Pool Guy, look at me with the, “I told you so, look. I promised him, I didn’t cheat on him with another pool guy. However, he knew I probably spent more money trying to do it myself.

The vacation I have to say, was eternally priceless. I saw the stage I have reached in the care of my mother. I have been stretched by the Lord. She tested me in every area possible. But this was something different. Last year, she refused to sit in a wheelchair, making it impossible to take her to a theme park. I so wanted her to see the things, my brother, Chris had seen, before he died. This was his last wish, to go to Disney. And we were able to take him.

This year, she was much more compliant, and I was incredibly surprised, that she not only went to the Magic Kingdom and spent the whole day, but I went with her, all alone, to Epcot, and she also spent the whole day. I was also surprised, at the closeness, I felt to her. I wanted to see everything through her eyes. I pointed out every detail to her. I wanted her to know what my brother saw, so that she would be excited.

I realized at the end, that I had changed. I wanted this honor to be her servant. I knew this was the highest honor that could be bestowed on anyone. I had never looked at it this way before. I complained and whined. At times, I felt exhausted and resentful. When she was ungrateful, I would be angry that my needs were not met, and “who was taking care of me?” Forgetting that the Lord is always watching over me. Then, He reminded me that if He gives these precious souls to me, why would He not give me the things I need to care for them?

I had a new perspective. As I cared for my mother like a child of mine. I was so protective of her. I cried at the thought of one day losing her. She had become my baby. And my children would one day become my protectors. I wanted them to learn the meaning of empathy. I wanted them to watch and learn.

This is how we build the foundation. And if this foundation is flawed, we must then go back and rebuild this. We are told by the Lord, “to train a child up in the way they should go, and when they are old, they will not depart from this.”

When, we returned from the trip, I had forgotten about the washing machine. I got online and researched what could be causing this problem. I found it would not go through the rinse cycle. Other’s seemed to be having the same problem. In an article, it stated, it was an easy fix. An order from a parts repair and it should save hundreds in repair costs. I talked to my ex husband and we decided to try to fix it ourselves.

I ordered the part. And it looked easy enough. Well, it was an ordeal. As instructions go. They never quite give you the whole picture. I looked at it as an analogy for life. They take you part way there and leave you hanging. And just when you’re about to give up…you decide, whether you want to figure out the rest or not. We had to learn the language of the instructions. And I realized a long time ago, he doesn’t have a lot of patience and a rather bad temperament. So, I pointed out what I thought were the places to remove some things. He is mechanically inclined which is good. But he doesn’t like to give credit to others for knowing anything. But I don’t mind. I just do what I do. We finally took apart the  machine, for the one little part. We clipped it in. Then we had to put it back together. That’s where we had a problem. He was ready to throw in the dirty towel. (Yes, pun intended.)

I said, alright, I’ll just call to have repair come and set it on the frame. This frustrated him. Since we were all the way there. We took a break. And I went in to look at it. “Hey,” I said. It looks perfect. It’s sitting on the frame, the same height as the dryer. Unless, someone supernaturally adjusted it. I see, nothing wrong with it.” He came in and started putting the screws in. He said, “That’s weird. Let’s just put it back.”  He started it up and it went through the rinse cycle immediately.

My son was in the next room, as he heard us cheering. But to me that was the most important part. My daughter said, he turned to her and said, “They must have fixed the washing machine.”

My son has learned sexist remarks, and all kinds of negative things from his father, which I try to correct. He says, he just joking. But there are strongholds which I try to tear down. These become belief systems.

Those are just the type of remarks I don’t want my son making, or believing. And this is the type of foundation, I don’t want him to have.

So the foundations which we give our children are very important. They must be based in truth and I am a believer that God’s Word is truth. We cannot be wrong if we submit our lives to His Word.

He tells us that “the enemy comes to rob, to kill and to destroy, but He comes to give life, and life more abundantly!

So just when your life seems stuck, and you can’t get it to move forward, don’t be confused by those messages that you are getting. They’re like the instructions that come with a washing machine. Meant to confuse to rack up bills. You call on the Lord. He keeps things simple, His burden is light. “Behold, though your sins, are like scarlet, I will make them whiter than snow.”

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Apocalypse Survival Guide? Read Your Bible!


Well, it seems that the whole nation is talking about the “Zombie Apocalypse,” after the bizarre incidents, taking place in the recent weeks.

But this is just escalating. It isn’t new. However, it is in my son’s world. And talking with him and his friend the other day, was hilarious. But also, quite sobering. It gave me, a teachable moment.

I had taken my son and my brother to see, The Chernobyl Diaries, a few nights before. And sorry folks, but we were laughing throughout the whole movie. My son, the hardcore, believer, even said, “That sucked. The ending was terrible!”

He is a conspiracy theorist if I ever saw one. And he was totally convinced that the Russian’s have these mutant zombies locked up, and just refuse to let us know. Hey, anything’s possible. But after he saw the movie, he was totally bummed out.

He loves a good espionage and mystery, or horror film but this was so bad, that the theater erupted in loud hoots of laughter. I’m thinking back to the time my son was telling an older lady at my brother’s bowling group, that he had smashed one of my smoke detectors, because he believed it was ‘bugged.’ The only reason I took it down, was because I had another, placed too closely to this one anyway. She very nonchalantly, asked him, “do you think you should have been doing that?” And he answered her, “Yea, the government has no business putting bugs in our smoke detectors!” I couldn’t stop laughing, as they spoke. Neither one of them seemed as if this was odd. I guess we are all desensitized by our own lack of privacy. So it seemed to be a normal conversation.

I guess I watched Enemy of the State, one too many times with him. But he is pretty astute, I will give him that. He notices things which the average person does not, and I would say his level of observance would make him a good candidate for any spy agency.

However, the conversation him and his friend were having was the means to survive the coming Zombie Apocalypse. I began to ask them the details, of such an event. His friend said, “I’m going on top of Wal-Mart. “I’m going on top of Bass Outdoor World,” my son said. “Why are you guys going on top of the buildings?” I asked. “Well, everyone knows that zombies, can’t climb!” His friend says. “Oh, I said, showing my ‘zombie-ignorance.’

Now my son begins to ask me, “What would you use against the zombies, mom?” Hmm, well, I don’t want to get up close and personal, so I’m thinking a compound bow. That sounds cool.” “Yea,” he says. “With flaming arrows, cause fire kills them.”

Well, clearly, there’s a lot I need to learn about these zombies. Then his friend tells me that his stepdad, also has been studying zombies for quite a while. I’m wondering why. But hey, if they come knockin, at least I have a neighbor, I can go to for advice. That is, from my rooftop.

Now my son is upset, because my daughter told him all the people online are saying they’re getting a spot on Bass Outdoor World. “Oh man, now I have to find some other place,” he says. Yea, it’s gonna get crowded, I told him.

So, I realized that while speaking to my friend the other day, he too said, “Oh, I have a zombie survival kit.” “What?” I was surprised. But, his mother said, “Please. I’m losing my religion, hearing all this.” I said, “Why? It’s no different from the demoniac that Jesus came upon in the graveyard. He was living there, and running around naked. Cutting himself. No one could chain him or hold him down and everyone was terrified of him.

Remember, the Lord came upon the man and it said that the man ran and fell at his feet, but the spirits cried out, have you come to torment us before our time? Then Jesus asked them their name. They told him,  “Legion, for we are many.” They begged him not to cast them out of the man, but he cast them into a herd of swine and the swine ran down the cliff and drown in the sea.

Well, I told her that this is all drug related and drugs are referred in scripture as, Pharmakae, or sorcery. So, this is the practice which the Lord referred to. Which allows anything to enter in. When we make our bodies an open portal to the spirit world by the practice of sorcery, the spirits have control and make people do things which are not natural, like eating people.

Now, if you read the book of Enoch, which was not included in the cannon of scripture, it speaks of these exact, things taking place, on the earth, thousands of years ago. That’s right, they were, using drugs, castings spells, and eating flesh! But these weren’t just people they were speaking about. They were a mutant race.

Enoch, was taken up in a whirl-wind of fire, without seeing death.I’ve never understood why, this book was not contained in scripture, but I find it fascinating. “Enoch walked with God.” This is why he did not see death. I think it’s worth reading. The descriptions are much like Revelation and you must remember that the vernacular wasn’t for the same. Many believe his “chariot of fire,”was some type of space ship. It is the same type of account given of Elijah’s departure, and in fact, they were the only two, who were taken up to the Lord, without dying.

I find it quite interesting, you will find the account of the Nephilim, (the giants) You can also read about these in the book of Genesis.  These are the mutants, most believe, the fallen angels and the daughter’s of men. And the scriptures indicate that “they existed before the flood and after.”

It would indicate from this article that they were using drugs, and using this to procreate and continue in their evil ways. A brief quote; Enoch 5 And the giants turned against then in order to devour men. And they began to sin against birds and against the animals and against the reptiles and against fish and they devoured one another’s flesh and drank blood from it. Then the Earth complained about the lawless ones.

Now this is when the Lord spoke to Noah and told him that he was sending a flood because He could not contend with creation any longer. It had become so vile that He said, He had to destroy mankind. This is when He spoke to Noah and spared a righteous remnant.

But He also said that upon Christ’s return, “it would be like the days of Noah. ” And all of these same things would be taking place. Sorcery would be at an all time high and the world would be in a state of lawlessness and rebellion.

Now, this morning I was speaking to my son, and I said, do you know where the word, ‘apocalypse’ was first used? In scripture. It means, Revelation, or unveiling. This is what is happening on this earth. So if you want to see what is happening read about it. He speaks about The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

It is fascinating, especially to any person who studies things like this. It was my first interest when I became a believer. I wanted to study biblical prophecy and end time events. The book of Daniel and the book of Revelation, or the compatible books for study.

The most interesting thing is that Daniel was told that these things would not be revealed (apocalypse) until the time of the end, when people would be running to and fro, seeking much knowledge. Sounds like the information age, to me.

Now the drugs are also coming in from different countries, such as Pakistan, China. What better way to begin the destruction of a nation? That sounds a little like the Horsemen are beginning to ride.

There are many different theories on the end times. But it pays to study the guide written by the creator. Because, as I reminded my son, if those zombies come along, I really won’t have to worry. I have the blood of Jesus Christ and the Sword of the Spirit. That’s all the protection I need!