I was led to write more about the devil and his angels and specifically about “pulling down their strongholds”, as taught by Apostle Paul. A stronghold is a castle, a fortress or place from which an army launches its attack.  For example, Rev 18: 2 described Babylon as a demonic strong hold, calling it “… the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.” 

 Here are some biblical terms that describe demonic strongholds:

* power of darkness – Col 1: 13

* dominion of iniquity, sin, death – Ps 119: 33; Rom 6: 14; Rom 6: 9 

* works of the flesh – Gal 5: 19-21

* works of unrighteousness – Rom 1: 29

* idolatry which is equated with demon worship in scriptures – Ps 106: 33-37; Zech 10: 2; Deut 32: 17; 1 Cor 10: 19-20

 * fear of death – Heb 1: 14, 15

* power of the air – Eph 2: 2 (satan has a stronghold here as we learnt from Daniel).

* spirit of disobedience/obey not the gospel – Col 3: 6; 1 Thes 1: 8.

* forms of godliness with no power of God/religious spirits – 2 Tim 3: 5

* imaginations – 2 Cor 10: 5. These are reasonings which are hostile to the Christian faith and would include ideologies and  philosophical teachings such as evolution, communism, Islam etc.

* every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God – 2 Cor 10: 5. The root word in the Greek refers to something that is lifted up or exalted in opposition to God.

 I believe that this could refer to any spirit that opposes the knowledge of God in any form. This was the plight of Lucifer before he fell. His heart was lifted up in pride because of his beauty and he felt that he was God.

 Another  example is found in Paul’s discourse in  Romans 1: – where he taught about high things that exalted themselves against the knowledge of God. Anything that exalts itself against the knowledge of God will be reflected in  ideologies and lifestyles in which people:

* refuse to acknowledge the truth of God (Rom 1: 18-20);

* refuse to glorify God (Rom 1: 21)

* refuse to be thankful (Rom 1: 21)

* become vain/foolish/empty  in their imaginations (Rom 1: 21)

* practice idolatry and (Rom 1: 23)

* engage in sexual perversion such as homosexuality (Rom 1: 26-27).

* practice unrighteousness which is contrary to God (Rom 1: 29-32)

In the upcoming post I will show examples of real strongholds from biblical examples and how the saints opposed and overcame them. Until!

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