Identifying Strongholds

The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 2 Corinthians 10:4

This chapter is a vivid lesson on spiritual warfare that is quite different than Ephesians 6. Paul introduced the topic of war in the last few verses. The war we wage is spiritual. The weapons we fight with are also spiritual. But it goes beyond that. These weapons have divine power. In plain language, these weapons are from the Triune God.

Demolishing strongholds in our lives is a good thing. They’re called strongholds for a reason. It’s a heavily guarded area that protects the area that is the most sensitive and the most valuable in a person’s life. For example, Fort Knox is a stronghold. Fort Knox is where there are significant quantities of gold reserves. The Army post itself is guarded. Presumably the area the gold is kept is heavily guarded. You would need a small army to penetrate its door, and an even more powerful army to get past the security measures inside. Similarly, many of us have strongholds that have built up over the years. It’s “protecting” your freedom, peace, joy, or walk with Christ. Try as you might, but you just can’t get past the strongholds the enemy has built up over the years. You desperately want what’s inside but the stronghold is just as hard to penetrate as Fort Knox is. You’re satisfied with not having that freedom, peace, or joy.

You need a friend, a fellow Believer you can lean on and tell your deepest, darkest secrets, someone you can trust. You need accountability and encouragement. The first step is a difficult one, but you’ve got to do it.

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