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, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled. (2 Cor. 10:4-7)
At the Bottom of the Sea
In a vision recently an old pile of trash, covered with barnacles, at the bottom of the seafloor was shown. It lingered a little and then faded out.
The scene was showing that strongholds – which is part of the sinful nature – is comparable to old trash that must be discarded! Strongholds can be anything that we hold on to and which avoids us from becoming Christ like. It can include unforegiveness due to bitterness, resentment and rejection; sins, negative thoughts and habits, emotional wounds of all kinds, false doctrines, fallen religiosity, and even persecution when it is not forgiven. But thanks be to GOD, the scene also displayed that sin and strongholds can be cast down through the Lord Jesus Christ when a Believer earnestly repents. It is all part and parcel of experiential and progressive sanctification; a process of perfection that incrementally changes Believers into the Lord’s image. (2 Cor. 3:18) When we earnestly and sincerely repent, God symbolically takes those strongholds and sins and casts them down into the deepest and darkest oceanic abyss, never to resurface again.
We cannot remove our sinful nature and strongholds by our own volition and power. It is the risen and indwelling Lord and merciful Lamb Himself who does this through His shed blood. The New Covenant Blood! Our role is to “look up” (Spoken Words of Knowledge) from where our help comes from; get ‘the self’ out of the Holy Spirit’s way and let Him do His awesome work of sanctification through repentance and the Word. Importantly, it is to believe that the Lord Jesus Christ not only deactivates sin and strongholds, He can remove them! It is He who puts underfoot powers and principalities in high places that can beset even the faithful here on earth! (Eph. 6:12; Col. 2:15-17) Jesus’ got this! He got this on a momentous Cross more than two thousand years ago.
Who is a God like You, pardoning iniquity and passing over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He does not retain His anger forever, because He delights in mercy. He will again have compassion on us, And will subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea. (Micah 7:17-19)
If you are struggling with iniquities and strongholds that keep you in bondage; I am testifying to you that the Lord Jesus Christ has made a way of escape from sin and death for you in a big, big way! (Rom. 23:6) Take care not to put off until tomorrow what needs doing today. Eternity and an awesome glorified body of Light clothed in white awaits you! Rejoice in this truth! Praise GOD and thank you Lord God Jesus Christ!
I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, From whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, Which made heaven and earth. (Ps. 12:1-2)
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Keep the Faith,