Talking To Myself… Strongholds Identified #2

Posted: January 20, 2014 in Podcasts, Talking To Myself...
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Some might think that strongholds have nothing to do with my original subject of talking to myself, but they have everything to do with it. Much of the talking to myself is based on things that have become strongholds over the years. But, now that i’m trying to live life intentionally and based solely on truth, these strongholds are being exposed.

Geraldine Vermaak says, “The harder and deeper we can forgive the affliction caused upon us; by other people’s weaknesses; the more we move into our Christ-like identity; where all the power, strongholds, grip and enslaving bonds of the enemy over us is loosened.”

The enemies third weapon is the most dangerous. This particular weapon is virtually unknown to the average Christian. It is neither active nor passive, but dormant. It’s like an underwater mine, it gets planted and then left undetected, waiting for the ideal moment to be activated. Because it’s dormant, it’s easy for the enemy to conceal it from me. i usually don’t find out about it until i look back at the destruction it has caused.

This destructive weapon is called “strongholds” and it brings me back to 2 Corinthians 10:3-5. “For though i walk (live) in the flesh, I am not carrying on my warfare according to the flesh and using mere human weapons. For the weapons of my warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood], but they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds,”

Strongholds allow the enemy to control me and influence me do things that bring damage to myself and others. Strongholds expose severe inconsistencies between who i say i am and what i believe.

Revelation 12:9 further reveals the enemy. “And the huge dragon was cast down and out—that age-old serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, he who is the seducer (deceiver) of all humanity the world over;”

There’s a story i read of somebody who went around opening and shutting his hands in an obvious attempt to catch something that remained elusive. When someone asked what he was doing, he said, “I ‘m trying to catch a chiripitiflautico.” His questioner was perplexed. He had never heard of a chiripitiflautico before. So he asked, “What does it look like?” To this the prospective catcher replied, “I don’t know. I haven’t caught one yet!”

So what do strongholds look like?

James describes them as “double mind.” The consequence of a double mind is instability “in all his ways” (Jas. 1:8). This instability is what prevents me from dealing with those things i know that run contrary to God’s will. When i’m convicted about it, i bail out by using rationalizations and speculations to avoid acting on them. Something like, “i know what the Bible says, but there is a definite difference of opinion among scholars about what this passage really means. After all, we are removed by almost 2,000 years from the original writers.” Or i may make my way through  a list of counselors, hoping to have my rationalizations validated by one of them.

i go to church, hear the Word and honestly believe it. i share the word and declare what the will of God is and support it with Bible references. However, later on, as i walk to my car, my mind leaves the word, truth and references and repositioning it self into the overwhelming problems which are ready to challenge me again. As i think about them, i begin to talk to myself, speculating how to deal with them, using my own resources, forgetting what i have just heard or declared. How can i honestly believe some thing one moment and something different the next? Because i have a double mind (see Jas. 1:8).

It is futile for me to attempt to live life intentionally without identifying and destroying the strongholds in my mind.

In closing, “If any of you is deficient in wisdom, let him ask of the giving God [Who gives] to everyone liberally and ungrudgingly, without reproaching or fault-finding, and it will be given him. Only it must be in faith that he asks with no wavering (no hesitating, no doubting). For the one who wavers (hesitates, doubts) is like the billowing surge out at sea that is blown hither and thither and tossed by the wind. For truly, let not such a person imagine that he will receive anything [he asks for] from the Lord, [For being as he is] a man of two minds (hesitating, dubious, irresolute), [he is] unstable and unreliable and uncertain about everything [he thinks, feels, decides].


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