Pulling Down Strong Holds

Struggles of the Mind – how to pull down strongholds

Inspirational | April 19, 2010 | Comments 48

How to identify and pull down strongholds

Today I would like to briefly touch on the subject of strongholds, through out this article I will  explain what strongholds are , how you can identify them and lastly I will guide you in a proven way of pulling them down.

Many people struggle on a daily basis with attitudes and emotions that they have absolutely no control over or feel powerless when facing these life issues. Does this sound like something you experience? Then you have what is known as a stronghold, no need to get scared about it, many people even Christians faces this very issues in many areas of their life.

What are strongholds?

The Oxford Dictionary describes Stronghold as “1: a place that has been fortified against attack. 2: a place of strong support for a cause or political party”.

In lay man terms strongholds are basically thought patterns that over a period of time has become so engraved in your soul(you mind) that they become part of you, like molten iron poured in a cast, it solidifies to form a permanent shape. Same way your thought patterns determines who you really become. Proverbs 23:7 says “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” This thought become so establish in you that it has the power to resist any thing that is contrary to it and it seeks more and more to fortified itself against any form of attack.

How can you identify a stronghold in your life?

The process of identifying strongholds in one’s life may range from easy to very difficult since strongholds at their optimum has already engraved itself in your mind , thoughts and way of life, they have become you!. There are hundreds of strongholds which can exist in people life’s e.g. greed, lust, stealing, fear, low self worth, lying, unbelief, ungodly thoughts and many more.

Strongholds can be identify by their destructive habits; you end up doing things that you yourself does not approve off or feel compelled to do things against your own will always giving into the will of what we call in the Christian circle “the flesh”. You know clearly the right thing you ought to do but every time you are faced with those circumstances you end up failing again.

Some stronghold cannot be identified by you, others see it clearly in you but you just don’t see it, that can be a very difficult state (since you need to first understand and admit that you are actually under a stronghold) but if you cannot see it yourself it can be difficult for you to see as others may notice.

Peace of mind and heart are clear indications that determine whether there is a stronghold present in your life. Many circumstances in life have the potential to take away your peace and joy and each situation can become a stronghold in your life if it’s not dealt with appropriately.

There are many strongholds that can exist in one’s life and they all have one thing in common they destroy your life and steal from you your joy and peace of mind and ultimately your relationship with God.

By now you may have identified a few strongholds in your life that have been rubbing you of your relationship with God, the greatest may be unbelief (if you have not received Jesus in your life),that you may like to know how to pull down and even destroy? Great! Now go to a priest of a pastor and let them anoint you and pray for you right?

Sorry to disappoint you, the fact is you may go to many priests and many pastors (maybe some of you already have) and notice that you still struggle with that strongholds. You ask, is there any hope? The answer is Yes!

To rid yourself from a strong hold you first need to identify the strong hold as we said earlier, by identity I mean genuinely know and understand that that this is the hindering force in your life. This is the Admit ion stage.

Upon admit ion we now move to a new level the place of Action. In 2Corinthians 10 3-6 Say “… We do not war after flesh” it also says that “… the weapons of our warfare are not carnal (natural) but are mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds casting down imaginations” .

We have already establish that strongholds are setup in your minds, they can neither be seen or touched ( they exist in a different realm the spirit realm). So that means we cannot fight them with conventional weapons but we can fight back using spiritual weapons.

Establishing the base of truth to pull down strongholds.

Why is this important? To fight you must have a base a place to launch your attack from. This base has to be secure beyond any shadow of doubt. That base is the truth of God Word and the weapons are his word(his word is as a double edge sword).

Using the truth of God word as your base or basis of judgment you need to pass every thought and ever imagination of your mind through this base for examination. When the ungodly desires come you need to say “are these good and wholesome thoughts according to the judgment of the word?”, or are they canal thoughts (selfish and destructive). If these thoughts are indeed canal thoughts then you destroy it by pulling it down using your weapon “The Word of God” e.g. You can say “You thought of lust I rebuke you in the name of Jesus” then ask for the Lords strength “ Father in the name of Jesus I plead the blood of Jesus over my mind and I submit my will to the will Lord Jesus. Long before you know it, you are delivered walking in freedom from that stronghold. Why is that so? Because you allow in the truth of the word in your mind and you stifle the voice of the enemy.

Keep in the word since your mind is like a battle ground you must continue to fill it with the ammunition for the moment you stop replenishing your supplies the enemy will start closing in and take you captive back it is stronghold.

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48 thoughts on “Struggles of the Mind – how to pull down strongholds”

  1. This is a very profound read I must add and its simple yet covered information I know that everyone being within the walls of an evangelical church or out the walls of church on the streets need to know about. So called christians are faced with this issues, pastors preaching to millions of peoples face these same issues. We always here about people battling with issues in their lives that they think OH WELL long time I so and thats how I am nonesense. And its high time we identify our problems appropriately and get rid of the strong holds that deters our life first allowing us pain and grieviances to being free and having that “peace of joy”. Well written and I look forward for more parts to this. keep them coming.


  2. I want to acknowledge the reading on strongholds and appreciate such a profound reading. i conduct many workshops. and i too can contesst to having strongholds. Miight i add to your reading, you are so right you must be able to reconize you have a problem first. realizing the most important three steps to healing/recovery…I can’t, God can, and I think I’ll let him! I can’t handle these strongholds on my own I need God too he’s given me the power! i am a strong believer this is why satan can’t stand us, because as Jesus children, he has given us POWER! the very same thing satan was kicked out of heaven for, and God has given it to us which is something the devil always ever wanted! God Bless

    1. Thank you for your responds to this article. Comments like this really encourage me to do more.

      Much Appreciated.

      1. Very powereful piece, it helped me realise my stronghold, I didn’t even know that’s what it was until now. May God continue to use you bless the world, and the good works He does through you, may He always do in you. God bless you sir

  3. i continue to hold on to my stronghold. I’m always arguing that I read the word of God for the pulling down of strongholds but yet the stronghold still surface. I ask God to remove it in a child like fashion. I say things to him like you let the sun and moon come out and you can’t remove these thoughts from me that makes me depressed, anxious and fearful?

  4. yes, thank you for this practical teaching to counter thoughts with the word. I have known the verse but not understood that stronghold is not just some deep word for something far off, but the sins and issues I deal with daily like fear.

  5. Oh how I greatly appreciate this article. I’ve heard about strongholds before but never really paid a lot of attention to what it meant. I have been dealing with an issue mentally that has crippled me for over ten years. I don’t like dealing with the situation but its like a force that keeps pulling me in that direction. In my mind I know its not healthy but why do I surrender to it. I fell asleep praying asking God to help me and as I was sleep I the words the pulling down of strongholds in your mind just kept playing over and over in my mind so I decided to go online and find a definition to what the holy spirit was trying to show me and I have it now.. God is so good because he answered me in my time if trouble. I was a slave to my X husband. I’m divorced from him because he was not a good person but I always would sleep with him. I wanted so bad to move on with my life but I couldn’t. He was a very controlling man and I’m divorced from him and he is still controlling me…. Thank you God for the knowledge and satan your time is up:) And yes satan use whom and whatever he desires to cripple you for so many years through your thoughts. His objective is to keep you from advancing in the kingdom and having victories in Christ. Be blessed all

  6. The Holy Spirit was speaking to me today at work abt strongholds, and the very same thgs u mentioned in ur article i can identify with them as God told me the same things. Continue with the good work and i am glad tht u heard from God and u didnt keep it to urself u shared it with others, and that is what i am going to do too. starting with my facebook account.

    blessings as u continue to write

  7. This is a very simple and insightful teaching. I deeply appreciate it and I pray that the Lord will grant you more grace and anointing in Jesus’ name.

  8. Thank you so much for this article. Since I have given my life to God a year ago I have been struggling with the enemy. I want victory and I know that through Jesus not my own strength I can have it.

    God Bless

  9. The Lord bless you real good. God has actually used to confirm what has been going on in my mind concerning this issue of strong hold whenever it is mentioned in spiritual warfare.
    Remaind ever blessed. The Lord will continue to reveal Himself to you more and more that others through you will be blessed.

  10. I was richly blessed by this message and i thank God for the great deliverance i have received through your message.May God continue to bless and enrich you with His divine knowledge.


  12. Thank you for all the comments and encouragement,i humbly appreciate it and will continue to write as I’m led of the Lord.

    Thanks All.

  13. May the Lord Jesus Christ continue to inspire your mind, and use to transfer such wonderful and helpful information to the body of Christ. Free receive, freely give. Blessings to you.

  14. This article really helped me to understand what it means to pull downstronghold and how to identify them in your life. Many teach on this topic put don’t quit understand what they are teaching. Thanks

  15. I never really knew what strongholds were in the spiritual, thank you.May God continue to bless and keep you

  16. You are doing a marvelous work here, please keep it up. God Bless and keep you and yours Thank you for being there for me and others trying to find our way in the Kingdom of God.

  17. JESUS CHRIST is LORD.Thank you so much for the teaching,it has given me hope,i will overcome&pull down all the strongholds in my life.God bless you

  18. Wonderful!this is awesome and powerful deliverance just at plater of gold. I never knew that deliverance can be this easy and powerful, thank you so much and God bless. But I will need more bible references to really have enough weapon to destroy any other stronghold that may come up against me again. Thank and shalom

  19. Thank you for putting this article together. I would love to know if you’ve written more on the subject. I am in the battle for my life right now. My life and my marriage are at stake. I’ve got a lot of the strongholds mentioned and am in the real battle , the spiritual battle, to overcome. I claim victory in Jesus name today. I know there’s much more to learn about strongholds but this is a really great start. Bless you in every way!

  20. Hi! I have been dealing w.a few strongholds but one that has been plaguing me have brought to the Lords attention. He woke me up early and the word stronghold was in my spirit,so i decided to do research. i came across this site,read and automatically felt peace,was able to grasp the understanding and the knowledge on how to fight.Thank you! Very clear and concise! I look forward to reading and learning from any other of your postings.

  21. Sir, It is a good article. felt free , last few months I was struggling in the areas of doubt , unbelief and fear. Thank you for this post. I ll start praying and implementing toward it.

  22. I give God all the glory honor and praise. I thank God for using you to post this article. I have been dealing with a lot of strongholds. I will share a little. Lust, and pornography, I struggled with for years. Even up until a few minuets ago. I asked God, how do I get free? why does it seem so hard? He showed me they were strongholds, and led me to your site. I felt so free reading it, I felt like crying. I felt such a weight lifted off of me. I just didn’t know how to get free, and stay free. This information gave me such, revelation, and encouragement. I didn’t know how to defeat this thing. I knew it was spiritual, but I just didn’t know how to win. I thank God for your obedience to Him, see how important it is. GLORY TO GOD I’M FREE. As I was typing this, I got impure thoughts, but I didn’t receive the thoughts, and pleaded the blood of Jesus on my mind, rejected the thoughts, and ask God for help.”IT WORKS”. I was starting to think there was no hope for me.(Now I recognize, that was just a stronghold I allowed to take root in my mind)but no more. I will renew my mind with the Living Word of GOD. Thanks be to GOD for you obedience to him.
    Peace Be With You


  24. For truth God is a rewarder of them that deligently seek him. i now kwow the root of my problem. the strongholds of my life is ‘DEBT’. may God bless u and increase your anointing in Jesus name Amen.

  25. Your article has changed my life,am alread destroying stronghold.what a blessing!to have you guys .from kenya.

    1. I’m happy for you and your daughter .God is good and will alwyas prepare us for what we are about to encounter. I love the fact that He knows the outcome and that He allowed the enemy to bring this about to show you how much you’ve grown in Him. Both you and your daughter have grown greatly in this spiritual matter. God already knew of your growth but because of His love .He wanted you to know what He already knew! amen! PTL!

  26. Thank you so much for giving me affirmation. Praise God for putting in your heart to share this.

  27. Satan may make attempts to control our thoughts, but I believe with daily Scripture Prayers, God will know our hearts. I know when a thought that comes to me is not how I think. Still, it takes careful assessment to get unwelcome thoughts out of our minds before you speak. My wise mother said, “Just because you have thoughts in your mind does not mean you have to say it out loud” and, “Don’t repeat anything you don’t want repeated”. She guided me like an angel,

  28. Thanks for that eye opener.
    May Almighty YAH continue to bless you, your family and your ministry even as you use your gifts and talents to His Name’s Honour and Glory.

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