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Learning or Losing in Spiritual Warfare #3: Breaking Strongholds
January 22, 2017      |     By: Sam McVay, Jr.      |      Category: Sermons

Sam discusses the platforms of communication used by our lying enemy.

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2 Corinthians 10:3-5 (NKJV)
3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.
4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,
5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,

2 Corinthians 11:3 (NIV)
3 But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.

Though or enemy attacks us at multiple levels, his primary target is our minds.

Your mind is the organ for the perception of reality.

Proverbs 23:7a (ASV)
7 For as he thinketh within himself, so is he: …

The mind is where we are primarily processing “consciousness”.

The Bible speaks of the mind in multiple ways.
For example:
- fleshly mind
- deceived mind
- depraved mind
- repentant mind
- transformed mind
- a mind set toward something
- a mind prepared for action
- a mind that loves the Lord
- mind of Christ

Strongholds are “thought patterns” that are restrictive to perceiving the knowledge of God.

They, like walled-in cities, provide a place of influence and manipulation for evil spirits.

Paul describes his ministry as one that demolishes strongholds.

Meaning, he was using what he called “divine weaponry” to tear down, disassemble, and take captive anti-God/pro-enemy thought.

This passage teaches us that we must be alert to war against evil spirits, but also that their primary weapons are evil thoughts that are sown, take root, and grow a stronghold granting entry to our enemy.

Tips on Stronghold Battle for the Believer:
1. Culture of Repentance: Live with a “Spirit turned mind”
2. Claim by Faith the mind of Christ
3. Cultivate the seeds of Scripture in the soil of your mind
4. Control your thinking by the authority you have in Christ
5. Confess the truth with your mouth

A passive mind - will end up choosing the side of the enemy.
A lazy mind - will end up working for the enemy.
A distracted mind - will end up focused on the enemy.

A believer must truth-activate their mind in order to walk in freedom in this deceit filled age.

1 Peter 1:13 (NASB)
13 Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Confessions for Renewal of the Mind: 
  • Grace beats sin in my life! - Romans 5:20
  • I will be “graced out” of sin not “lawed out”. - Romans 5:21
  • I am free from sin’s rule in my life. - Romans 6:14
  • I am free from guilt, shame, and condemnation in Christ. - Romans 8:1
  • The Lord loves and rejoices over me to the point of singing. - Zephaniah 3:17
  • Jesus loved me as an enemy and now more than ever as a struggling son/daughter. - Romans 5:8-10
  • Jesus is not just putting up with me, he is desiring and longing for me. - John 3:16
  • God loves me eternally more than I love my kids. - Matthew 7:11
  • I am losing my mind and gaining His. So I am beginning to think like Him and not like me. - 1 Corinthians 2:16

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