“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:3-5).
As I was researching for a new article, I thought that the Lord wanted me to expose more of the evil which is happening in the shadows. Barack Obama and his “Organizing for Action” Marxist/Socialist group is coalescing throughout America. BHO considers these people to be his troops – his army, if you will.
Not only is this disconcerting to me, that a former president considers himself to be a catalyst in bringing down Capitalism, and bringing about Socialism in America – but this is unprecedented in the history of our country. In the past, presidents have served their term(s) and then stepped back to allow the newly elected administration to govern.
Socialism/Communism is a Godless System of Governing
We must understand that a Socialist/Communist government will not stand for allegiance to anyone but the governing authorities. They refuse to compete with those whose allegiance is to God.
What can we do?
The most important thing to Jesus is to save the lost. He wants none to perish. As I was researching “Organizing for Action” and other groups which Obama has spear headed. I began to think to myself – WAIT! Our weapons are not carnal – this war is not against flesh and blood. We are fighting a spiritual battle! We serve the King of the Universe! Satan loses – in case you haven’t read the end of the Bible! But again, the souls of those who have been deluded by the enemy – these are precious to our Lord. So, what is our strategy?
PRAYER PRAYER and being dressed for battle!
We must study the Word of God so that we fully understand that which is happening on this earth. We must pray without ceasing and we must be dressed for battle!
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints” (Ephesians 6: 10-18).
Question: “Spiritual strongholds – what is the biblical view?”
Answer: The word strongholds is found once in the New Testament, used metaphorically by Paul in a description of the Christian’s spiritual battle: “Though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses [strongholds]” (2 Corinthians 10:3-4, NASB). This passage reveals the following facts about our warfare:
1) Our battle is not planned according to the way this world fights; earthly stratagems are not our concern.
2) Our weapons are not physical, for our warfare is spiritual in nature. Rather than guns and tanks, our weapons are those of the “full armor of God” and consist of “the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:14-17).
3) Our power comes from God alone.
4) God’s plan is to demolish spiritual strongholds.
What are these “strongholds” or “fortifications” we face? In the very next verse, Paul interprets the metaphor: “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5). The “arguments” are the philosophies, reasonings, and schemes of the world. The “pretensions” have to do with anything proud, man-centered, and self-confident.
Here’s the picture: the Christian, wearing his spiritual armor and bearing his spiritual weapons, sets out to “conquer” the world for Christ, but he soon finds obstacles. The enemy has erected strongly fortified garrisons to resist the Truth and thwart God’s plan of redemption. There is the fortress of human reasoning, reinforced with many subtle arguments and the pretense of logic. There is the castle of passion, with flaming battlements defended by lust, pleasure, and greed. And there is the pinnacle of pride, in which the human heart sits enthroned and revels in thoughts of its own excellence and sufficiency.
The enemy is firmly entrenched; these strongholds have been guarded for thousands of years, presenting a great wall of resistance to the Truth. None of this deters the Christian warrior, however. Using the weapons of God’s choosing, he attacks the strongholds, and by the miraculous power of Christ, the walls are breached, and the bastions of sin and error are battered down. The victorious Christian enters the ruins and leads captive, as it were, every false theory and every human philosophy that had once proudly asserted its independence from God.
If this sounds a lot like Joshua fighting the battle of Jericho, you’re right. What a great illustration of spiritual truth that story is (Joshua 6)!
Sharing the gospel is not the only time we see resistance. We can also face demonic strongholds in our own lives, in our families, and even in our churches. Anyone who has fought an addiction, struggled with pride, or had to “flee youthful lusts” knows that sin, a lack of faith, and a worldly outlook on life are indeed “strongholds.”
The Lord is building His Church, and the “gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18). What we need are Christian soldiers, totally surrendered to the will of the Lord of Hosts, who will use the spiritual weapons He provides. “Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God” (Psalm 20:7).-source
God is our Everything
In the article from gotquestions, this is the very first point made about spiritual strongholds:
“Our battle is not planned according to the way this world fights; earthly stratagems are not our concern.” What a breakthrough, when we finally get this!
Without God, our efforts to bring about change are futile. We are not here to bring change to governments – we are here to share the Glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ with the lost! In order to be strong in the Lord, we must dress for battle.
Satan will not sit still when he sees the people of God standing firmly on the promises of God, and boldly sharing the Good News of Salvation through Jesus Christ. But his flaming darts and his strongholds are only effective against the Christian who is not leaning upon the Lord.
We are defenseless without God and His Word.
This revelation has calmed my spirit, emboldened my walk and has thrilled my soul! We are the children of God Almighty who is King of the Universe!