When the enemy tempts you, he's showing you the worm The Word of God helps you see the hook behind the worm. He is known to take a believer who has done an embarrassing or gross sin in their past, and continue to rub it in their faces and beat them down with guilt and condemnation over their past.
We have two weapons to deal with deceptions: the belt of truth Ephesians and the sword of the Spirit Ephesians which is the Word of God. Both are truth, which is found in God's Word, so why are they given two different names a sword and a belt? Because one is meant to be defensive the belt , while the other is meant to be offensive the sword. This means that the Word of God is both an offensive and a defensive weapon. A belt is something you wear to guard against an attack, while a sword is used to slaughter the enemy.
You use the belt of truth God's Word to guard against the enemy's deception lies he sends your way, while you use the sword of the Spirit also God's Word to tear down existing strongholds deception that took hold in your mind. In Romans , we are told to "be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind. By getting in God's Word!
In Ephesians , this process is referred to as washing of water by the Word: "That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word. In James , we are told to resist the devil and he will flee from us. But it's not that simple; in the same verse, we are also told to draw near to God. Dealing with temptation is a two fold process of resisting the devil and drawing near to God.
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The closer you get to God and the more you become aware of His love, the less power temptation will have over you. James , "Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. In the teaching Forgiven Sinner or Saint? The fiery darts of the enemy in Ephesians are accusations sent our way.
For example, when the devil tries to accuse us of our past sins, we are to have faith in the work of the cross and know that they are forgiven and not to look back. Faith is what we use to put out the fiery darts of the enemy Ephesians We are not to meditate about our pasts, because they have passed away 2 Corinthians , and our sins have been forgotten Hebrews Ephesians , "Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth knowing your sins have been forgiven through your faith in the work on the cross , and having on the breastplate of righteousness not our righteousness obviously, but the righteousness of God through Christ Jesus ;".
Our righteousness is as filthy rags Isaiah , but because of the work of the cross, we can receive the righteousness of God through Christ Jesus Romans , Galatians Therefore when the enemy tries to remind you of your past, tell him it's been washed away 2 Corinthians , your sins have been forgotten Hebrews and you have the righteousness of God Romans !
There are other teachings on this site that will specifically help you wage war against the enemy's accusations. A stronghold is deception that's taken hold in a person's mind. It's an incorrect thinking pattern based on a believed lie.
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People can get incorrect perceptions of God by listening to Satan as he tells them how God doesn't love them, etc. People can feel like dirty old sinners when they believe Satan's accusations as he continually reminds them of their past which has been washed away! Strongholds are based on lies from the devil. They can come in the form of deception or accusations.
Accusations always lead to guilt and the feeling of unworthiness, which weighs you down and tears you apart spiritually. Since strongholds are built upon lies that we have been fed, the way we tear down strongholds is by feeding on the truth in God's Word , which is the opposite of what the enemy has been feeding us. If the enemy has been feeding us a lie, we need to stop eating the lie and start feeding ourselves the truth.
The weapon we use to tear down strongholds is found in Ephesians , " Strongholds are the devil's assets in war, and he uses them against us. Take up the sword of the Spirit God's Word today, and start slaughtering the enemy's assets that he's been using against you!
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The teaching on Strongholds will give you a much better understanding of how strongholds work and how to tear them down. His powerful video training series is now available! We are never told to cast out strongholds, but we are told to tear them down, be transformed by the renewing of our mind and cast down vain imaginations. This is how we deal with strongholds. If the enemy builds them through continually reminding us of his lies, then we need to go in the opposite direction to un-do his web of bondage.
We need to start meditating on God's Word on a daily bases, so that the truth will sink into our minds and begin to change he way we think. Romans , "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Another factor to keep in mind is that if there is a spirit which is actively working to build strongholds in a person's mind, not only is it important for them to tear down that stronghold s , but it is equally important to cast out the spirit that is at work here The minute they give up, the stronghold is quickly rebuild.
That is why you really cannot separate the work of casting out demons and tearing down strongholds The bottom line is that strongholds are based on incorrect information that has been programmed into our minds, so naturally the cure is to re-program our minds with the truth in God's Word. Meditating on specific scriptures that come up against the stronghold we are facing is an important step to tearing down that stronghold.
I downloaded each anyway and really appreciated the posting. Bonnie, We are transitioning over to iTunes for all of our streaming podcasts. We are moving the entire One Place archive to iTunes so you will be able to listen to all the broadcasts there. Our iTunes account should be populated with all the old broadcasts tomorrow morning. One I have a direct link to listen we will post here and on social media. This is so true Lance. Good word. Much needed by the body of Christ. It is one of the hidden keys for transformation of self and society and systems.
That God loves me in spite of me! That I really am the righteousness of God in Christ! Thank you, Dr. What a powerful teaching and so on time for me! I mean some things even word for word that Lance wrote are things that the Lord has said to me, even just a couple of hours ago, especially about thought patterns, strongholds, about the enemy being after our inheritance, and regarding the enemy and us having authority over him in Jesus. Funny thing. My eyes went to the top of the banner, and it was a logo of a huge snake.
Thank you Lance for your obedience and sensitivity to the Word and Spirit of God!!!!!
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More great tangible tools. Great post here too! I started praying much more in tongues at work, and started seeing almost instant results. What a difference!! Thank you for this and other teachings like this. Lance, I believe a stronghold is at work in my family. We fasted prayed got counsel yet it still is there. Any thoughts? There could be generational curses that are impacting your family. Their website contains an amazing amount of resource information.
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