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Friday, October 9, 2009

How to demolish a stronghold.

1. Identify the wrong argument or pretension that establishes itself against God. Identify what is wrong with it.

2. Identify the ways the stronghold has become established – through the flesh, desire, society, or the devil. Read 1 John 4: 1-6 about testing the spirits.
Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God,but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.
You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.      (1 John 4: 1-6)

3. Identify the spiritual weapons for the warfare, in contrast to the worldly solutions.

4. Declare war on the thought or pretension that positions itself against the knowledge of Christ by -
a. Using thoughts or arguments from the Word;
b. Claiming the mind of Christ;
c. Using spiritual weapons (see Eph 6:11-17- truth, righteousness,readiness, faith, salvation, the Word of God), followed by asking for the power of the Spirit through prayer.
d. Boldly making the truth of the gospel clear (see Eph 6:19)
e. Claiming the victory by faith.
Remember, “the One who is in you is greater that the one who is in the world” (1 John 4:4)
Christ has defeated Satan and has spoiled all of the principalities.

5. Win the victory promised in 1 John 5:2-3, 18-20 by -
a. Loving God.
b. Keeping His commands.
c. Being sure that you are born of God.
d. Believing that Jesus is God’s Son.
e. Believing that because God keeps you safe, the evil one cannot harm you.

(Masterlife: The Disciple’s Victory, Day 5)

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