Warriors, it is vital to maintain our one on one love relationship with Jesus. This is how we maintain health in spirit, soul and body. It is also how we receive instructions for the day, encouragement, as well as how we maintain focus on His priorities. Everyday what a delight it is to just enjoy being with him.
Psalm 27:4 One thing I have asked of the LORD; this is what I desire: to dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and seek Him in His temple.
Here are some powerful “take-aways” (reminders) from my time this morning as I read and meditated in Psalm 4; 5; 56; 57; and 58.
I can and should meditate on my bed. I should take time to be still.
I can, and should, offer sacrifices of righteousness to the Lord.
God blesses and surrounds the righteous (me) with favor as with a shield! Wow!!!
Psalm 56:4, 8
Because I put my trust in the Lord I do not have to fear anyone.
God takes note of all my wanderings. He puts my tears in His bottle.
God performs all things for me.
There is a reward for the righteous (me). I am righteous by His grace and faith alone.
Now, after a sufficient time reflecting and thanking God for these things, I am readied for whatever I may encounter in the natural or spiritual realm.
I pray that you will be used mightily today through your prayers or in direct ministry.
We all have mindsets, belief systems, and strongholds in our thinking. Many of them have been established by our early life experiences, our unique perceptions of events and through “life-conditioning” – training by parental figures, teachers, television, culture etc.
Many of our beliefs are not accurate. They are skewed in wrong directions and not built upon truth. (Truth is a person who is revealed in the scriptures. John 8:32 “Know TRUTH and you will KNOW FREEDOM”. John1:1 tells us that Jesus is “THE Word”.)
God desires that all of our mindsets that are opposed to the truth be transformed. To do so requires a desire as well as a commitment to learn the “language of heaven”. It does take a significant investment of time to remove old thought patterns and to bring our thinking in line, in agreement, with God Himself and His word.
WHAT IS A STRONGHOLD?
Stronghold defined: A stronghold is an established way of thinking, or a habit pattern of thought. Strongholds can be individually personal, familial, or corporate [societal]. The Greek word (Strong’s #2192+3794) means fortress or castle. So it is a fortress, castle or wall built with thoughts (either lies or truth).
In a positive sense, the Name of the Lord is a stronghold and the Word of God is a stronghold to those who believe. This is why we must meditate on the truth as found in scripture: Joshua 1:8; Philippians 4:8; Romans 12:2. (Meditate on relevant verses from the whole bible, from Genesis to Revelation related to whatever issue you are facing such as hope, or fear or loneliness etc. and what God’s solution is.)
As stated above, on the negative side, or unhealthy side, a stronghold can be formed by believing anything that was taught us through our parents, siblings, media, friends, society and/or repeated traumatic experience.
Examples of negative strongholds include: racial and denominational prejudice, anorexia, bulimia, poverty, sickness, homosexuality, “get rich quick schemes”, unworthiness, rejection, fear, even infirmity etc. etc. etc.
A stronghold is not a demon, but demons can empower a stronghold/fortress/castle to stay in place. Demons can, and do, often hide behind the fortress walls of a stronghold.
Read: 2 Corinthians 10:3-5, learn, believe, speak these scriptures until they are well established in your mind.
The weapons we have been given are supernatural. Fleshly strength and wisdom cannot free us for wrong thinking.
“Supernatural weapons” (tools to war with) mean that the “super” is the God part. Super means beyond the natural realm and abilities: His Word + His power.
The sword of the Spirit is the Word of God (Hebrews 4:12; Ephesians 6:14) and is supernatural. When Jesus faced the devil prior to beginning His ministry, He used the sword to speak to him. He said “It is written…..” Matthew 4:4 The Holy Spirit empowered Word of God defeated all lies and temptations thrown at Jesu and will do so in our lives as well.
The “natural” part is my part: My voice speaking + my heart believing. See how believing and speaking are connected.
Read: Romans 10: 9-10
Read: Deuteronomy 30:14
Read: Luke 6:45; 2 Corinthians 4:13 We believe therefore we speak.
We must use our voice – our words. Imagine going into a restaurant and not opening your mouth to place your order. Nothing would happen. You would not get what you want. It is the same with dealing with the enemy and with your own soul. Your voice must be used to “place your order”
Look, according to the 2 Corinthians passage noted above, we are to v.4 pull down, v.5 cast down and to bring every thought into obedience of Christ. (Our words should line up with the Word, John 1:1 Jesus is the living Word of God.)
Practice saying: “I take this thought, this lie, captive.” [Say aloud whatever the “thought” happens to be.]
Example: “I pull down this thought of ___________________”
“I bring this thought into the obedience of Christ, to the Word of God which says_______________________[this should be a relevant scripture like “God has not Given me a spirit of fear, but of love, power and a sound mind”. Or “I am favored by the Lord”.]
In preparation to take thoughts captive read and meditate on: Romans 1:25 then exchange lies for truth John 8:32. Also, meditate on Philippians 4:8
Purpose in your heart to make the exchange from wrong thinking to right thinking. (Think God thoughts, which equal what the Word says.)
(Read Isaiah 61– See that you can exchange – beauty for ashes, oil of joy for mourning, garment of praise for the spirit of depression…) Practice making the exchange of lies for truth until it becomes habit.
According to 2 Corinthians 5:18, 20 as NEW CREATIONS, we have been given an assignment, AMBASSADORSHIP, from the King of Glory and for the Kingdom of God.
“Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and GAVE US the ministry of reconciliation, Therefore, we are AMBASSADORS for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.”
I have noticed over the years that when someone first enters new life in Christ there is a zeal that is unmatched. It is as if you cannot stop them from bubbling over and sharing the truth and freedom they have encountered. They don’t even have to be told that they have an assignment.
But, over the years LIFE HAPPENS, and as trials come and go, enthusiasm for the things of God often begins to wane. Weeds of worries begin choke out the assignment of ambassadorship.
Life can easily become routine, drudgery, a struggle for survival in the race (the rat race) of earthly life. If we pray, we mostly pray survival prayers instead of revival prayers.
There is great need for the honor of the ministry that the The King of Kings has given us to be recaptured, so joy can be rekindled. WE are the carriers of the message and the power of salvation, deliverance and healing. We have received His ministry. We have received the favor and approval of the King. We do not need the affirmation, or validation, from men to obey the instructions of the King.
Just as Jesus came to preach, proclaim and announce deliverance and favor (Luke 4:18-19) we are to do the same. Jesus was about His Father’s business. And we must be also.
We have “truth-treasures” that others have great need of….FREEDOM, VICTORY, FORGIVENESS, RELEASE FROM PAIN, purpose and a future.
Today and everyday ask God for at least one person in whom to plant a seed of truth.