“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 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,”
II Corinthians 10:4-5
There is a warfare that takes place in the mind of every human. It is the pitting of ideas against another; each idea wants to be the dominant one. It is a real struggle.
What caught my eye in this Bible text is strongholds. Based on this, let us look at this word and define it.
A stronghold is a castle or a fortress. It has the idea of fortifying and holding things safely. So how does a thought become a stronghold? It is when you have a particular train of thought (either good or bad) that has built a fortress in your mind. In today’s world, we will call it a mindset. A mindset is simply a fortified thought.
Ideas entertained over a period of time builds a thought pattern in our lives, which defines our very existence and being. Man is the summation of his thoughts and beliefs on which he acts.
So someone may ask, “how do I identify strongholds in my minds?” Look at the most dominant train of thought. An example of a positive stronghold, is one who determines he can’t fail at an exam, no matter how difficult it is. He may pass because he has put in the work and hours of studying, but undergirding that state of preparation is a mental resolve. A bad example too could be one who believes, nothing good will come out of him. It shows in his demeanor- normally timid. People like that rarely contribute in meetings thinking they are stupid. They will even fight you if you compliment them on a good point they made, believing they are stupid indeed.
So strongholds manifest in our thought patterns, what we say and believe, and what we do (our manner of life). So after knowing these, how do we deal with especially, negative strongholds?
God willing, we will look at that in our next post.
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