Series: Doers of the Word
Message – Strongholds
- Kingdom of God
- Christ in you
- Bearing fruit
- Heart soil
…these are all essentially different ways of representing the same thing in the Christian life!
James 2:14-18 – Being a doer is just being honest and true to who you are.
When a Christian lives a Christ centered life, they are doing nothing but being honest with themselves. Once we belong to Him, the seed of Christ remains in us and we cannot “produce” sin from our spirit any longer. Paul says it this way…
“If I sin, it is NO LONGER I who does it but the sin that resides IN ME, because IN ME – THAT IS IN MY FLESH, nothing good dwells. For to want to do right is true of me in my every moment, but how to actually DO that which is good I find not.” (Paraphrased) ~ Rom. 7:17,18
So Paul is saying that if a Christian sins, it is no longer being produced like fruit from our spirit. That potential died when we came to Christ. If we would awake to our spiritual nature of right standing with God and NOT believe the lies of the enemy that sin is “normal and natural” for the Christian because it is our nature, then we would walk habitually in the Spirit and not give into frequent acts of sins. (Rom. 8:9-11)
“Awake unto Righteousness and sin not.” ~ 1Cor. 15:34
Summery statements from the past few weeks:
- Heart soils are Life potentials.
- The living of your faith so NEVER exceed your soul type.
- We will either be captive to our fleshly cravings and desires or our minds will be held captive to Christ.
Let me ask you a question…
Did you prepare your heart for hearing the word this morning? If not, do not be surprised if you walk away from this teaching with nothing. The weeds and distractions of your heart which you brought with you WILL choke out the word and nullify it’s effect in your life.
Pulling down Strongholds
“(3) For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. (4) For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, (5) casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,”
Guard your heart with all diligence…. Out of it NOT FROM it.
- You are not a source!
- You will never be a vine…weakness is NOT bad.
- Weakness has gotten a bad wrap.
- I was designed to be the kite to His wind.
- He said… When He made us… It is good… so my lack of ability cannot be bad.
- Our “branchness” is not a result of the fall… It is part of our design!!!! IT IS Good that we need Him.
“(10) Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. (11) Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. (12) For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. (13) Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. (14) Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness,”
“Stand” means to be constant and firm in your faith and duty. Perserverance!
- We are in warfare
- Our weapons are not of the flesh
- We are not fighting people
- We ARE fighting against the sin and death in OUR flesh
- We are fighting against demons
- Our enemy’s weapons are arguments against our trust in Christ
- Our weapons are God inspired, spiritual weapons OF trust in Christ
- The battlefield is in our soul (mind, will and emotions)
- We obtain victory through surrender (heart-obedience) to Christ
Sin and death is in the flesh – Romans 7:17-18, 20, 23
The heart is to the tongue what the tongue is to the Life.
“(2) Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God. (3) For by the grace given to me, I tell everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he should think. Instead, think sensibly, as God has distributed a measure of faith to each one.”
The word “conformed” means to be fashioned and molded into an outward pattern.
The word “transformed” is metamorphoo and means to literally become transfigured, to change one’s form and condition.
Strongholds are fortifications, fortresses and are used metaphorically of any arguments in which one trusts.
An argument may not take the form of an oral debate in one’s mind, it may simply be an inner struggle of the will, the emotions or a mental battle of giving into a besetting sin. When we have established any pattern of running to this sin often enough it becomes a STRONGHOLD.
Our besetting (strongholds) sin is building another kingdom. Were saying “I can trust this” You… not so much!
Feeling like a Christian becomes more important than BEING a Christian. I am side stepping my responsibility to the Kingdom in me, because putting take overs the blinking light on the dashboard is easier and makes me feel better than dependence upon Christ.
If Jesus Christ can’t calm and settle the souls of His people He isn’t much of a God….but He Is able!
In fact, ironically, we begin to treat our sins as strongholds of safety rather than prisons of sin and death.
“(1) In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah: “We have a strong city; God will appoint salvation for walls and bulwarks. (2) Open the gates, That the righteous nation which keeps the truth may enter in. (3) You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You. (4) Trust in the LORD forever, For in YAH, the LORD, is everlasting strength.”
We will pick up here next week…Blessings!
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