We now enter into the offensive side of Spiritual warfare. In my last report (The Plan To Rescue Your Prodigal), we discussed our defensive armor and protecting ourselves from the enemy’s advances. Defending ourselves against the enemy’s attacks is critical; however, defense alone can win no battle. Therefore, the first offensive weapon we will discuss is prayer.
2 Corinthians 10:4 Paul says that “the weapons of our warfare are not carnal [but by implication, spiritual] but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.”
Strongholds – The Enemies Power to Enslave Humanity
Since the beginning of time, Satan has built up strongholds in the hearts and minds of humanity. Fear, covetousness, hatred, idolatry, racism, and many others, to name a few. As long as a man or woman has a stronghold, change will be very troublesome. Therefore, the bible says we must first bind the strongman to pillage the goods. I want to add we must first bind the strongman to free the enslaved soul. This is more accurate for what we are dealing with.
No one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man. And then he will plunder his house.
God Will Show You Which Strongholds You’re Facing
Brothers and sisters, I understand that you may not know what these strongholds are, but if you ask God for wisdom, he will surely give it to you.
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
Some are very obvious such as pride, drugs, or lust for others. However, we can’t see things in many cases and need God’s divine wisdom to identify these strongholds.
Example: I had a dream, and in this dream, my Wife’s brother came up to me and said, “Jake, my dad is the problem; you must deal with him if you want Kelli to come home.” Many of you would have a dream like this and say, “what an odd dream,” if you don’t understand how God uses dreams to give you a peek into the supernatural realm.
What was the strongman? Her dad has control and always has over his children. He says jump, and they say how high? He also has been divorced five times! So we have two potential strongholds to pray for in this scenario.
- Generational Curse
- Control from supernatural powers working through her dad
Another time I had a dream that she was running from her sister (A strong Christian) and hiding away in houses from her. In the real world, she was actually keeping away from her sister. You see, I had been praying for her to reunite with her sister for around six months, and it finally came to pass. I believe God will use her sister in a mighty way! Shame and guilt were the strongholds. Praise God! She is totally free from running today!
Don’t know What To Pray For?
God will show you strongholds and other situations to pray for, and it’s up to you to pray. However, there are times when we don’t even know what to pray for, and that’s when the Holy Spirit will take over.
Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
God’s Kingdom Advances When We Pray
Brother and sisters, did you know that God will not act until someone prays? Have you ever wondered why we pray? God knows all, sees all, and can do whatever he wants, so what’s the point in praying? God has given us authority and is very serious about the body of Christ exercising its jurisdiction.
God was going to bring Judgment on Jerusalem’s Sins, and the only thing he was waiting on was someone to pray for its protection. Then he said this:
So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it, but I found no one.
This is a remarkable display of the importance of prayer. When we pray, Heaven begins to move! If we do nothing, Heaven waits on us to act. Do you understand the importance of prayer? Ask God to show you those things that are keeping your spouse away! Not only things in them but also you. Still, God shows me other problems as they come up, and I pray against those things. Sometimes in dreams and others, wisdom will pop into my mind. If you ask, he will show you! I even believe he has already shown you, but maybe you weren’t on the lookout. Ask, and keep your eyes and ears open to what he will show you.
There are supernatural forces (Strongmen) keeping your spouse away. First, you must ask God for wisdom about what those things are. Next, you must pray against those powers as the Lord reveals them to you. The key is being receptive to the Holy Spirit. These could be thoughts, dreams; visions are discovering something through hearsay about your spouse. When God reveals these strongholds to you, pray with your authority against them!
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