Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Prayer and Authority (15) Strongholds

Sometimes the enemy’s suggestions will be made by a person with authority in our lives, such as a parent or teacher.

He will never amount to anything.
If we accept these words, then we are giving the devil power to fulfil them. If we hear these words a number of times, without denying them, then they gain a spiritual stronghold in our lives. When these words gain a stronghold, Satan no longer has to make the suggestion, because we have agreed with the statement and start saying it to ourselves. We start to believe the lie.
I will not amount to anything.
When I buy into the devil’s lie and start declaring it myself, he has a stronghold in my life.

The good news is that we can prevent negative thoughts from becoming spiritual strongholds by speaking words of truth that nullify their power.
God loves me and created me for a unique purpose
The most powerful stronghold of the devil is the lie that he is still the “prince of this world”. This was true before the cross, but Jesus death and resurrection destroyed his power on earth.
Now the prince of this world will be driven out (John 12:31)
The prince of this world now stands condemned (John 16:11).
Although the Devil has been totally defeated by Jesus, many Christians still believe that the short-term destiny of the earth is in his hands. This lie is a terrible stronghold, because it has given him authority to continue working on earth, despite his defeat. The best way to defeat this stronghold is to declare the truth of Jesus victory.
The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil's work (1 John 3:8).

To read this full series of posts go to Prayer and Authority.

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