KNOWLEDGE of GOD vs. Strongholds of Destruction!

SurrenderKNOWLEDGE of GOD vs. Strongholds of Destruction!

II Corinthians 10:3-5

For though we walk (live) in the flesh, we are not carrying on our warfare according to the flesh and using mere human weapons. For the weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood], but they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds, [Inasmuch as we] refute arguments and theories and reasoning’s and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God; and we lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).”

If the “weapons of our warfare” are NOT carnal, something in the flesh that we can see such as a machine gun or sword….then what are they and how are they used?

From Ephesians 6:10-18:

10 In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [draw your strength from Him and be empowered through your union with Him] and in the power of His [boundless] might. 11 Put on the full armor of God [for His precepts are like the splendid armor of a heavily-armed soldier], so that you may be able to [successfully] stand up against all the schemes and the strategies and the deceits of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this [present] darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) places. 13 Therefore, put on the complete armor of God, so that you will be able to [successfully] resist and stand your ground in the evil day [of danger], and having done everything [that the crisis demands], to stand firm [in your place, fully prepared, immovable, victorious]. 14 So stand firm and hold your ground, having [b]tightened the wide band of truth (personal integrity, moral courage) around your waist and having put on the breastplate of righteousness (an upright heart), 15 and having [c]strapped on your feet the gospel of peace in preparation [to face the enemy with firm-footed stability and the readiness produced by the good news]. 16 Above all, lift up the [protective] [d]shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. 18 With all prayer and petition pray [with specific requests] at all times [on every occasion and in every season] in the Spirit, and with this in view, stay alert with all perseverance and petition [interceding in prayer] for all [e]God’s people.”

 If prayer is actually relational discussion with our Heavenly Father where we can go before Him asking for His forgiveness of sins and laying down before Him our needs and thanking Him ahead of time for answering our prayers and praying for others….then how do we use these “weapons of warfare” or “armor” of God….in Ephesians 6:10-18 and also mentioned in II Corinthians “weapons of our warfare”. While we are clad in the armor of God…there are many weapons we are not as aware of and though there may be some knowledge of them, there is very little understanding of them.

Such as… “ 14 Are not the angels all ministering spirits (servants) sent out in the service [of God for the assistance] of those who are to inherit salvation?” Hebrews 1:14

“7 Referring to the angels He says, [God] Who makes His angels winds and His ministering servants flames of fire” Hebrews 1:7

Angles and Hosts of Heaven are weapons sent from Heaven to help US!

If you have trouble wrapping your head around that…then here is a question for you: why do they need swords and weaponry in Heaven?

They do not!

They are here to HELP US!

Many do not realize this truth even though its in the Word because they have not recognized that in order to display the Kingdom of Heaven on earth requires a renewed mind, ways of thinking, speaking and acting (see Romans 12:1-2)You cannot prove the will of the Father with a natural mindset that has not be transformed by the WAY Heavenly Father thinks!

Because most really do not have understanding of spiritual warfare outside of earthly petty disagreements or heated arguments displayed in the natural realm, “flesh” they do not engage in that which the Father has sent to help them. Warfare will come simply because OF the Light of Christ inside every true believer/follower of Jesus Christ.

This is where those intellectually astute especially in the theological realms find it difficult to “comprehend” of a supernatural realm where a real “battle” IS going on that we have weaponry to fight against!

Because of the lack of understanding of this, many fall prey to doctrines and beliefs that sound pretty “religious” but in Truth, not the ways of Yahweh or His thinking!

It is where scripture is taken to back up a false doctrinal belief system…can you think of anyone in the Bible who did such things and was highly intelligent?

Pharisees….to a certain degree….but rather the one who had been in heaven and knew of and been around Yahweh Elohim….. yes…the devil!

He knows the scripture because he knows “who” the Word is! The Word is Jesus and was how He was known in heaven before HE came to earth, taking on His Father’s names. WHAT? Yes, the very name OF Jesus is inclusive of the nature of our Heavenly Father… Jesus means:

Savior, Healer, Deliverer, Protector, Defender, and Provider.

Let’s see what are some of the descriptions of Yahweh..Jehovah…

Jehovah-Hoshe’ah & Jehovah-Yasha = God Who saves.

Jehovah-Rapha & Jehovah-Rophe = God Who heals.

Jehovah-Mephalti= God Who delivers.

Jehovah-Machsi – Lord my Refuge (God Who protects)

Jehovah-Magen – Lord my Shield (God Who protects)

Jehovah-Ma’oz – Lord my Fortress (God Who protects)

Jehovah-Ganan = God Who defends.

Jehovah –Jireh=God Who provides.

And I love EL SHADDIA…THE ALL SUFFICIENT ONE!

And these are only a few of His “description” names…

IF Jesus Who perfectly represented Heavenly Father came to “undo the works of satan”, as it is written in the WORD found in I John 3:8

[But] he who commits sin [who practices evildoing] is of the devil [takes his character from the evil one], for the devil has sinned (violated the divine law) from the beginning. The reason the Son of God was made manifest (visible) was to undo (destroy, loosen, and dissolve) the works the devil [has done].”

Let me pose this question: is there anywhere in the New Testament that can be found that Jesus took out a sword, came riding in with a mass angelic army and battled with the devil in order to “destroy, loosen and dissolve the works the devil has done”?

NO! And why is that?

First off…the devil is NOT nor has he ever been equal to Jesus, Heavenly Father or Holy Spirit!!!!!!

Secondly, it was NOT the plan or will of Heavenly Father to do it that way! He didn’t have too….Jesus is far superior to the devil and He didn’t have to stoop to any ploys of satan and that was proven when the testing of Jesus came while He was 40 days in the wilderness. Mind you there will be a day when we all get to “ride in with Jesus” in an all-out annihilation of the devil and his hordes of hell!

Having seen how Jesus dealt with the devil, then how is it we are to “deal with the devil”?

The same way and here is the kicker ….as born again, re-created beings IN Christ (HIS ANOINTING) we are far superior to the demonic realm and satan just as Jesus as a man was walking this earth!!! WE RECEIVED THAT SAME ANOINTING HE HAD!!! (side note: NO it does not mean we are “Jesus” it means we are replicated in HIS likeness by re-creation…see II Corinthians 5:17 and I John 2:27)

How then do we “battle”? And what IS the “battle”?

The battle is and always has been “reasoning’s” that become a “belief system” and then that turns into a “stronghold”.

Those who have the mental strongholds to which have become a stronghold will defend their misguided “belief system” and end up even more entrenched in the lies and deceptions of the enemy.

Those trapped in these “strongholds” will seek out scripture to try and back up their wrong belief systems in order to defend their own reasoning’s which is at the core is “ fear” and “lack of faith in the promises of God!”

Manifested Sons & Daughters of the MOST HIGH GOD… are designed to be overcomers NOT cowardly ones awaiting some “rescue party”!

I quote from the book “The Power That Changes the World”

“This is the hour when the grace of God is abundantly present in the darkest places. All that is needed are willing vessels- ones who will boldly proclaim the Kingdom at hand and then demonstrate its reality.”

One of the problems is that many if not “most” Christians are at odds with the very culture that is influencing them. Inside of them there is a turmoil not because of their desire but because of the anointing of Christ inside of them, Holy Spirit. Yet, outwardly they often “do”, “say” or “speak” and even “think” and end up “doing” things because OF the cultural influence, rather than being one who influences by what is inside of them that is of the Kingdom culture of Heaven!

To many Christians the idea of “warfare” SPIRITUAL warfare, is simply not doing outward obvious sins like refraining from falling into sexual addictions or some type of drugs or alcohol, yet while there is a level of warfare there, there are others who believe that “spiritual warfare” is something of a futuristic thing, when “Armageddon” happens.

People will do what they believe and they will believe what they see!

This is our cultural society and how it is often shaped but it is NOT how it is supposed to be shaped!

In other words….SEEING is believing! When it should be believing IS seeing!

What is at the core…. the lack of the knowledge of God!

Knowledge in an intellectual sense will never be fully engaged with the reality of the unseen, supernatural realms of God from where we as Christians ARE seated with Him in “high Heavenly places” according to scriptures…Ephesians 2:6

And He raised us up together with Him [when we believed], and seated us with Him in the heavenly places, [because we are] in Christ Jesus.”

That is our location and why did Paul point this out and why is it important?

[and He did this] so that in the ages to come He might [clearly] show the immeasurable and unsurpassed riches of His grace in [His] kindness toward us in Christ Jesus [by providing for our redemption].”

Which translates being the ones to proclaim the “Kingdom IS at hand” and demonstrating it!

10 For we are His workmanship [His own master work, a work of art], created in Christ Jesus [reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, ready to be used] for good works, which God prepared [for us] beforehand [taking paths which He set], so that we would walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us].”

“Good works” refers to the Hebrew “acts of loving kindness” which also translates going beyond what IS required!

How can you go beyond something you do not in this natural realm have?

Jesus didn’t have but 5 loves of bread and 2 fish yet, He in demonstrating the Kingdom (acts of loving kindness as the Torah taught) was able to feed 5000+ people….because of the grace of His Heavenly Father. Jesus knew that His “supply” was NOT limited to this earthly realm!

Healing the sick, casting out demons, cleaning the lepers, raising the dead along with preaching the Good News (there is NO darkness in the Father) to all nations and making them disciples is a commandment and commission to all who believe.

SO is “acts of loving kindness”! Back to that quote…

“This is the hour when the grace of God is abundantly present in the darkest places. All that is needed are willing vessels- ones who will boldly proclaim the Kingdom at hand and then demonstrate its reality.”

How is this related to warfare, knowledge of God or strongholds?

When you only believe what you have seen or heard from someone on a platform or stage, the mind will assess and receive into it (your soul) and soon because you haven’t seen miracles or what you believe to be “warfare” those things seem some ethereal event to take place in the “someday” scenario when in fact it IS the “here and now!”

When you say YES to Jesus and fully accept Him into your hearts, that IS the day warfare will begin!

You have just signed up into the “army of the Lord God Almighty” and when someone is in an army they inevitably must be trained for battles because battles dear ones…will come!

Here is the kicker…

You have three different mindsets in our culture in America regarding warfare.

  1. EVERY where it is battle and there is a demon under every preverbal rock so watch out!
  2. Warfare only happens to leaders or when Jesus returns everything else has to do with choice and consequences.
  3. Live your life FOR Christ bringing the Kingdom and Good News into every situation and when you encounter warfare against what you are doing, kick out the devil, even doing it beforehand to “clear the way”. BUT when a demon crosses your path through some type of stronghold in a person or place, kick it out like Jesus did. HE never tolerated any darkness!

To live out of a place looking for demons and warfare is unhealthy and definitely not Kingdom focused and it is a place of fear.

To live out of a “head buried in the sand” place regarding warfare is just ignorant if not stupid because what is inside of you intimidates the enemy and he will inevitably do something to keep you from living out who you are because it will usurp his positioning in you, others and your surroundings….because LIGHT always overcomes darkness. BUT if he can keep you aloof and at a distance and in constant unbelief, distraction, affliction or torment well, then he has rendered you ineffective or at least from being as effective as you and I are designed to be.

10 For we are His workmanship [His own master work, a work of art], created in Christ Jesus [reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, ready to be used] for good works, which God prepared [for us] beforehand [taking paths which He set], so that we would walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us].

 Our Heavenly Father in HIS great grace has prepared us to walk in the “good works” being able to overcome obstacles… JESUS said HE overcame the world and for us to be of good cheer. Thing is, He didn’t mean sit around on our blessed assurance doing nothing because we don’t have “warfare” HE meant DO what I commanded and help others get out of the wrong mindsets and set them free…DO Kingdom exploits and acts of loving kindness. WHEN YOU DO…there will be warfare a “pushing back”. EVEN if it only involves YOU! Sickness??? It is the enemy pushing back on you to keep you down! IF Jesus said we are overcomers by the Word of His testimony which is Truth and the blood HE shed…that eradicated all sickness…and sin…how is it that sickness isn’t war against you?

Jesus came to undo the works of the devil according to I John 3:8 as we looked at earlier…the devil is an opportunist and will use anything he can against us to keep us from fulfilling our assignments on this earth!

People often have a “stronghold” mindset that healing is for when they get to heaven..why? In heaven there is no need to heal people!

WHAT is it for? HERE and NOW!

Strongholds are used either for good or bad. Either the enemy has built one against the knowledge of God OR the Lord has built HIS stronghold of Himself INSIDE of us (HE is our strong tower) to withstand the lies and onslaughts the devil shoots at us!

THE ENEMY BUILDS STRONGHOLDS IN HUMANS AGAINST THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD!

If you say “I know God” yet do not believe in warfare or healing for today or that God only heals who He wants…then you have a stronghold of unbelief that has been set up somewhere in your soul.

Strongholds KEEP people from really KNOWING God! ** read this again**

Which brings us to the 3rd mindset regarding warfare…those who demonstrate the Kingdom and are aware of and when warfare is happening. They are doer’s of the Word and take the authority that Christ has given them to move and shake things out of the way in order to see change!

Warfare is real whether or not it is recognized by the Christian. And so are strongholds against the knowledge of God…that keeps those very Christians who are by choice, oblivious to warfare from seeing their victory!

You want to walk in victory? KNOW the Lord…believe what He says, DO what the Word teaches you! It’s simple enough that children can and DO get it!

 

 

2 Comments On “KNOWLEDGE of GOD vs. Strongholds of Destruction!”

  1. Cyletha

    Very good powerful lesson. Rev. Lori, you brought out some very good points. Very good!!

    • admin

      Hello Cyletha!
      So glad you were blessed! I pray others have a chance to really press in and meditate upon this word and message surrounding it!
      Blessings and shalom to you!

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