CASTING DOWN STRONGHOLDS (Gleanings From Derek Prince)


stronghold

1 : a fortified place
2a : a place of security or survival; 2b: a place dominated by a particular group or marked by a particular characteristic

First we have to understand that there are two kingdoms at war: God’s Kingdom and Satan’s Kingdom. There are some who are not aware that Satan has an invisible kingdom and that’s the way he wants it.

Satan fears Deliverance Ministry because it exposes his kingdom and it reveals the victory and supremacy that God’s Kingdom has over his kingdom.
Every moment of every day, there are battles going on in the heavenly realm between God’s armies of angels and the devil’s army. Unfortunately too many Believers are completely unaware of the reality of the spirit realm and all of the activity that goes on there.

So I have been very aware recently of the heightened demonic activities and attacks on the people of God. There is an urgency in the spirit that I sense is increasing on both sides (good & evil) because the Day of the Lord is very close now. I also see demonic strongholds everywhere, but there’s not much concern among Believers regarding this.
While watching Derek Prince’s video “Casting Down Strongholds”, he mentions certain strongholds that seem to have dominion over specific areas or regions of nations (it can be seen in cities and even neighborhoods as well). So he named a few strongholds that he has observed in certain countries and he mentioned one in particular in regards to New Zealand which is the stronghold of indifference. The definition of indifference is: lack of interest in or concern about something. Indifference is very dangerous because it will allow anything to happen with no opposition or concern for the consequences. Jesus addressed the indifferent people in the Church of Laodicea in Revelation 3:14-18, “These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm — neither hot nor cold — I am about to spit you out of My mouth.

He indicated that the United States of America is dominated by the stronghold of rebellion, which can be seen everywhere in this country, even among the youngest of children. As you may know, rebellion is likened to witchcraft as indicated in 1 Samuel 15:23 – For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft.
However, any of these strongholds can manifest anywhere among any group of peoples. One only needs to look at the rampant sin and wickedness that has taken hold of our nation, and look also at the concerted efforts being made to take God out of our country and rid the world of Jesus the Christ! It is evil and it is demonic, and yet there is very little concern or urgency among the people of God. I conclude that there is a stronghold of indifference among many Believers which has given Satan and his demons a foothold to dominate this country and this world.

Derek Prince goes on to state that “domination is satanic; Satan seeks to dominate the whole world” so that he can destroy as many people as he can and take them captive into his kingdom. Just as God has a heavenly kingdom, Satan’s kingdom is in the heavens above us as well and he continues to influenced millions of people; Ephesians 2:2 – “Wherein times past you walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience”.
So how do we cast down or pull down these strongholds? Derek Prince states that “God has given us (Christians) alone the weapons for spiritual warfare” with which we are to use in casting down strongholds.

A stronghold is deception that’s taken hold in a person’s mind. It’s an incorrect thinking pattern based on a believed lie. People can get incorrect perceptions of God by listening to Satan as he tells them how God doesn’t love them, etc. People can feel like dirty old sinners when they believe Satan’s accusations as he continually reminds them of their past (which has been washed away!). Strongholds are based on lies from the devil. They can come in the form of deception or accusations. Accusations always lead to guilt and the feeling of unworthiness, which weighs you down and tears you apart spiritually. Since strongholds are built upon lies that we have been fed, the way we tear down strongholds is by feeding on the truth (in God’s Word), which is the opposite of what the enemy has been feeding us. If the enemy has been feeding us a lie, we need to stop eating the lie and start feeding ourselves the truth. The weapon we use to tear down strongholds is found in Ephesians 6:17, “…the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” A sword is an offensive weapon and is meant to tear down and kill the enemy’s troops. Strongholds are the devil’s assets in war, and he uses them against us. Take up the sword of the Spirit (God’s Word) today, and start slaughtering the enemy’s assets that he’s been using against you!

We are involved in this spiritual war whether we want to be or not! So we must prepare for battle. Prayer assails Satan’s Kingdom (assail means to violently attack); no wonder the enemy causes so many of us to be lax in our prayer times; and we need to learn how to pray!

So here’s what we need to pull down/cast down strongholds: Prayer & Fasting; the whole armor of God as outlined in Ephesians 6:10-17: the Belt of Truth, the Breastplate of Righteousness; the Preparation of the Gospel of Peace; the Shield of Faith; the Helmet of Salvation and the Sword of the Spirit (which is the Word of God!). Praying always with ALL prayer and supplication in the Spirit.

God Bless You!
Elder Glenda Jackson

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