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Adversarial Strongholds

September 15, 2010

For the weapons of our warfare are not physical, but powerful through God to the pulling down of strongholds; casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to Christ’s obedience (II Corinthians 10:4).

Lately I have been wanting to quit. I’ve considered throwing in the towel.

Well, that may be a little misleading. What’s misleading is the “lately” part. Truth is, this feeling of wanting to give up is actually quite reoccurring. What I am trying to say is that “lately” it has been trying to fill my thoughts again.

Are you struggling with God’s will in your life? Has the enemy somehow convinced you that Father does not really know what is best for you? That somehow your life is a mess, and that you are just barely hanging on. That somewhere there is a better plan for your life than the one that He is actually carrying out? That somehow, when it comes to your daily life, you are managing to doubt His vast wisdom, His unfailing love, and His boundless goodness? If so, you are not alone.

These strongholds are real, and we face them – to one degree or another – daily. They are satanic strongholds that actually battle against the very nature of God, exalting itself against His wise, loving and good plan for our lives. They oppose the life of God in us, attempting to prevent us from enjoying all that God has for us, keeping our minds in confusion and in bondage to fear, frustration, disappointment and discouragement.

Yet, just what is it about which are we actually fearful, frustrated, disappointed and discouraged?

Do we really fear God’s will? Are we actually frustrated with it? Are we disappointed in Him? Does His way in us discourage us? Or are we being strategically confused in our thinking by an adversary?

What we are dealing with is adversarial “strongholds” – and do not underestimate the enormous power they have upon us. As the word implies they have “hold” of our thinking processes, and they are very “strong” – thus “strongholds.”

Pull Down, Cast Down

…  pulling down of strongholds; casting down imaginations …

These strongholds are adversarial imaginations, or unscriptural “reckonings” (Concordant Literal New Testament) of God and His will. Strongholds that possess our thinking must be pulled down, but how?

Well we, in and of ourselves, are personally powerless to bring them down. They are beyond our own ability to overthrow; but we can rest in the fact that the battle is the Lord’s, and the divine weapons of our warfare are completely sufficient – they are all-sufficient to pull and cast down these well-established dictators. The divine viewpoint can ably overthrow the mental coup of the adversary. Our weapons are indeed “mighty through God” – to the pulling down of these strongholds. This is, as Paul declares elsewhere, the renewing of our minds.

Be not conformed to this age: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove the will of God, that it is good, and acceptable, and perfect (Romans 12:2).

God’s will – His plan and purpose – is good, and acceptable (well pleasing), and perfect, regardless of what our Adversary attempts to place in our minds to the contrary. God’s will alone is having its absolute way in the minute details of our lives, as He alone is sovereign to do so. For, masterfully “He works all things after the counsel of His Own will” (Ephesians 1:1l). The renewed mind proves this grand truth to our hearts, providing much needed release from the bondage of the enemy. It is then that we can rest, being assured with Paul,

That He Who has begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ (Philippians 1:6).

God’s will for your life is good, well pleasing and perfect – as it is for all of His creation. We may not always be able to see it when we are caught up in the middle of some trial; but do not give way to the Adversary’s attack upon the goodness of God and His will in your life. This is his modus operandi all the way back to Eden’s garden – that God somehow withholds that which is good from us.

How do you imagine God’s dealings in your life?

What do you reckon as to His will? Do you doubt that He has you exactly where He wants you? Or, are you heeding the satanic questioning of the great wisdom of His will?

Find rest from all of the mental anguish that wars against the sovereign God. You will, with me, find this rest in the renewed mind; for faith casts down these challenges against the nature and character of Elohim – the Placer and Subjector – and embraces Father’s will for our lives as good, and acceptable, and perfect. After all, would we really have it any other way than His will for our lives? Then give up the faithless struggle against it.

I have for now, and peace has returned to my heart and mind.

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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