tearing down strongholds 8-25-23

2023-08-25 19:00:37


Strongholds are areas of our thinking that we have set in our minds because we have had a bad experience. So now we reason everything through this stronghold instead of the word of God, or his love through any circumstances that comes our way. God wants to be the stronghold we run to in difficult days. So His thoughts can be our thoughts. His imagination and thoughts are so much better than anything we could ever imagine. Holy Spirit knows the Fathers thoughts and transmits them to us.

2 Corinthians 10:4 The dynamic of our strategy is revealed in Gods ability to disengage mindsets and perceptions that have held people captive in pseudo fortresses for centuries.

5 Every lofty idea and argument positioned against Gods knowledge of us, is cast down and exposed to be a mere invention of our own imagination. We arrest every thought at spear point - anything that could possibly trigger an opposing threat to our redeemed identity and innocence is taken captive. The caliber of our weapon is empowered by the revelation of the ultimate consequence of the obedience of Christ.  MIRROR  ↕↕↕

2 Cor 10:4 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,

5 [Inasmuch as we] refute arguments and theories and reasonings 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),

6 Being in readiness to punish every [insubordinate for his] disobedience, when your own submission and obedience [as a church] are fully secured and complete.

7 Look at [this obvious fact] which is before your eyes. If anyone is confident that he is Christ's, let him reflect and remind himself that even as he is Christ's, so too are we. AMP

1 Cor 3:20 And again, The Lord knows the thoughts and reasonings of the [humanly] wise and recognizes how futile they are.  AMP

Acts 1:6 Yet, their minds seemed stuck in a different world. They continued to ask him the same question saying, So Lord, will you now finally restore the kingdom of Israel to its former glory? Mirror

Jn 5: 44 How is it possible for you to even venture into the dimensions of faith, if you already have your minds made up to go with popular opinion within your own ranks, while you show no desire to esteem him who proceeds directly from God? Mirror

Luke 24: 45 While speaking these words, he 'opened their minds to 'understand the Scriptures like they've never seen it before! Mirror

Luke 5:39 Yet, you continue to reason from a familiarity with the old mindset, and thus have no appetite for the new" Mirror

Luke 4:32 His teachings kept breaking the mold that their minds were trapped in! The word he taught, mirrored in them, their true l-am-ness.Mirror

Jer 16:19 God, my strength, my stronghold, my safe retreat when trouble descends: The godless nations will come from earth's four corners, saying, "Our ancestors lived on lies, useless illusions, all smoke."   MSG

Luke 2:19  Mary treasured all these sayings, 'pondering them in her heart; and so forming, as in a mental mosaic, her picture of the Christ, who was to be.  Mirror

Ps 94:19 In the multitude of my [anxious] thoughts within me, Your comforts cheer and delight my soul!  AMP


Psalms 94:19 Whenever my busy thoughts were out of control, the soothing comfort of your presence calmed me down and overwhelmed me with delight.  TPT

Proverbs 12:5 The lovers of God are filled with good ideas that are noble and pure,

but the schemes of the sinner are crammed with nothing but lies.  TPT

Prov 15:15  All the days of the desponding and afflicted are made evil [by anxious thoughts and forebodings], but he who has a glad heart has a continual feast [regardless of circumstances].  AMP


Proverbs 15:15 Everything seems to go wrong when you feel weak and depressed.

But when you choose to be cheerful, every day will bring you more and more joy and fullness.  TPT

Prov 16:3 Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed.  AMP

Jer 29:11 For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.  AMP

Romans 2:16  Every hidden, conflicting thought will be disclosed in the daylight of Gods scrutiny, based on the Good News of Jesus Christ that I proclaim.  MIRROR

1 Corinthians 2:11  Just as a persons spirit knows their own thoughts beyond the public eye, even so the Spirit of God is our faith decoder to access the thoughts of God. 

12  The Spirit proceeding from God unveils the gifts of his generosity. He has graced us with understanding so that we may know what he has always had in mind for us; this is so unlike the secular spirit of the wisdom of the world where everything has a price tag.  MIRROR

1 Cor 2:15 But the spiritual man tries all things [he examines, investigates, inquires into, questions, and discerns all things], yet is himself to be put on trial and judged by no one [he can read the meaning of everything, but no one can properly discern or appraise or get an insight into him].

16 For who has known or understood the mind (the counsels and purposes) of the Lord so as to guide and instruct Him and give Him knowledge? But we have the mind of Christ (the Messiah) and do hold the thoughts (feelings and purposes) of His heart. AMP


1 Corinthians 2:15 Those who live in the Spirit are able to carefully evaluate all things, and they are subject to the scrutiny of no one but God.

16For Who has ever intimately known the mind of the Lord Yahweh well enough to become his counselor? Christ has, and we possess Christ's perceptions. TPT


1 Corinthians 2:15 Those who are spiritually awakened are immediately compatible to discern all things from a spiritual [grace] perspective, while they themselves are free from anyones critical scrutiny.

16  There is no other basis to teach from but to echo the mind of Christ; he is the Mastermind personified within us. MIRROR

Ephesians 2:3 The corruption that was in us from birth was expressed through the deeds and desires of our self-life. We lived by whatever natural cravings and thoughts our minds dictated, living as rebellious children subject to God's wrath like everyone else.

4But God still loved us with such great love. He is so rich in compassion and mercy. 5Even when we were dead and doomed in our many sins, he united us into the very life of Christ and saved us by his wonderful grace!

6He raised us up with Christ the exalted One, and we ascended with him into the glorious perfection and authority of the heavenly realm, for we are now co-seated as one with Christ! TPT

Eph 3:20 Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams] AMP


Eph 3:20 God can do anything, you know far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us. MSG

Hebrews 4:12  The message God spoke to us in Christ, is the most life giving and dynamic influence in us, cutting like a surgeons scalpel, sharper than a soldiers sword, piercing to the deepest core of human conscience, to the dividing of soul and spirit; ending the dominance of the sense realm and its neutralizing effect upon the human spirit. In this way a persons spirit is freed to become the ruling influence again in the thoughts and intentions of their heart. The scrutiny of this living Sword-Logos detects every possible disease, discerning the bodys deepest secrets where joint and bone-marrow meet.  MIRROR

Isaiah 55:8  "your thoughts were distanced from God's thoughts as the heavens are higher than the earth, but just like the rain and the snow would cancel that distance and saturate the soil to awaken its seed, so shall my word be that proceeds from my mouth.

Ps 9:9 The Lord also will be a refuge and a high tower for the oppressed, a refuge and a stronghold in times of trouble (high cost, destitution, and desperation).

10 And they who know Your name [who have experience and acquaintance with Your mercy] will lean on and confidently put their trust in You, for You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek (inquire of and for) You [on the authority of God's Word and the right of their necessity].  [AMP


Ps 9:9 God's a safe-house for the battered, a sanctuary during bad times.

10 The moment you arrive, you relax; you're never sorry you knocked. MSG

Ps 27:1 THE LORD is my Light and my Salvation whom shall I fear or dread? The Lord is the Refuge and Stronghold of my life of whom shall I be afraid?  AMP