How to Be Set Free From Strongholds
Strongholds are present in each one of us, whether we know it or not. They are fortifications and castles that Satan, the enemy of God, has placed in our lives when we have given place to Satan. Satan is seeking to devour all who are born into this world (1 Peter 5:5-10). The devil seeks to ensnare Christians as well as non-Christians in the traps of sin. In this article, we will learn how to escape the snares of the devil.
God has put this article on my heart to share with you. The information presented in this article will help both you and your loved ones to get set free from Satan and to live uprightly with God. We will see what the Bible says about how to get free from these traps.
When a man or woman (or child) gives place to any given sin, legal ground has been given to the devil. This spiritual ground becomes land on which a spiritual castle or stronghold is built. Satan raises his flag and uses this stronghold as a point of attack. For example, if a man looks at a woman to lust after her, he sins against God (see Matthew 5:27-29) and a stronghold is immediately started. The stronghold can grow larger and expand if this person continues to give place to the sin of lust (or adultery or whatever it is).
There are many different kinds of sin in the world but we can sum up all sin as disobedience to God (1 Samuel 15:22-23, Romans 6:16, etc.). If we disobey God, we would be obeying Satan who hates God. Rebellion is serious to God.
1 Samuel 15:22-23 (bold / underline added)
22 And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee from being king.
Rebellion can take many forms, but all sin is a type of rebellion (in one degree or another).
In Acts 5:29, Peter stood up to the ungodly religious leaders of the day who wanted him to stop preaching Jesus Christ. Acts 5:29: “Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.” We must obey God rather than men (including our own flesh) and not disobey God.
If God convicts you about a sin, should you (a) ignore God’s conviction or (b) confess to God (not to a priest) that you have sinned and repent (turn away) from sin? The second question to honestly ask is: “What would God want me to do?” Would God want you to continue in sin?
False Grace Exposed
So many people today believe the false doctrine that once a person believes in Jesus and gets saved, he or she will never fall away from his (her) position in Christ. Nowhere in the Bible does it teach that. Scripture in the Old Testament and in the New Testament teaches that all sin eventually leads to death, eternal death (or separation from God).
Some of the many examples from the Old Testament include:
Ezekiel 33:13 (bold / underline added)
13 When I shall say to the righteous, that he shall surely live; if he trust to his own righteousness, and commit iniquity, all his righteousnesses shall not be remembered; but for his iniquity that he hath committed, he shall die for it.
10 Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they shall eat the fruit of their doings.
11 Woe unto the wicked! It shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him.
The New Testament has many examples. Here are just a couple: