Updated: Sep 4
How Strongholds are Formed:
What are the strongholds of the mind? A stronghold of reason is a lie that Satan has established in our thinking that we count as true but is a false belief. Strongholds are negative thought patterns that don't line up with God's truth but are the opposite of truth. You are allowing the mentality and the mind to be taken over by the kingdom of Satan to operate through you influencing you, speaking through you, acting through you, and doing drastic deeds through you. That is a spiritual impurity in the spiritual realm. You can deal with your emotions all you want, but overcoming them with your inner man will be a long struggle if you don't deal with the spirit side behind them.
spiritual battles of the mind
Jesus said in Mark 7:20-23 20 "And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. 21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: 23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man."
What are verses 20-23 saying? What is in the heart of man (your heart is the human spirit), expresses itself out of a man in a thought, a word, or an action. That is in the spiritual dynamics of a man that manifests and comes up and out through thought, word, or deed.
Now when someone more substantial than the strongman shall come upon him, overcome him, and take away from him all his armor wherein he trusted and divided his spoils.
What are spoils? It is a term of war. When you overcome an enemy, you get all of his goods. The spoils of bitterness have seven critical areas to him (unforgiveness, resentment, retaliation, anger/wrath, murder – the underlings of offense). It is his purpose for being. He’s trusting that when you deal with the root of bitterness, he trusts with all of his might sitting in your house that resentment is as far as you are going to go.
Then anger/wrath will want to pump it up and get it back in its life. These are the things he trusts in that he can keep his position in rulership because he is sitting on his throne in your castle (your house). It trusts it can control you with its armor, which is what other spirits are lesser than itself.
Breaking Demonic Strongholds Strongman armed is a Principality
Luke 11 The strongman armed is the principality or evil spirit that lives in your palace, and his goods are in peace. What are his interests? This means every bit of his kingdom (underlings or other spirits) that he’s banking on to control you is in place and operating very well. If you are dealing with a root of bitterness, all 7 of these are working somewhere in you (unforgiveness, resentment, retaliation, anger/wrath, murder). Murder can be the murder of the tongue or physical murder. All seven of these are the goods that are in peace. For example, when the principality of the unloving spirit, there are good, for example, self-hatred, self-pity, self-rejection, self-idolatry, selfishness, self-accusation, etc.
When you start spouting off in anger or wrath (because of bitterness/unforgiveness), that is not even you. That evil spirit has taken you over; you go down, it comes up, uses your faculties as a medium of expression, and fulfills its nature. It is very much happy to do so. You are miserable and have become the victim of an evil spirit in your heart. How do you get it out of your life through repentance and then cast it out? If you want to punish an evil spirit, cast it out so that it has to go to dry places and manifest all of its personality, then it will be in torment. Not you!
That is why the bible says to resist the devil, and he shall flee, and that we not to give no place to the devil. That’s why the bible says to keep ourselves pure from the works of evil. That is why we are supposed to have discernment. It also speaks to putting things under our feet.
What does it mean to be pure spiritually? It means you are acting out according to the nature of God as he created you from the beginning of the foundation of the world. That is spiritual purity.