LOVE TABERNACLE MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL
In the old testament, strong holds were towers, fortresses, fortified
caves or mountains that protected the occupants from attack. King
David both lived in strong holds and captured strong holds:
1 Sam 23:14
the spirit realm, strong holds are belief systems, thought processes,
or opinions. Your actions reflect these strong holds. These
could be godly strong holds, or ungodly. Strong holds are
built up by receiving and/or meditating on thoughts. These
thoughts build thought patterns or processes, cause imaginations, and
become beliefs that you act upon.
David abode in the wilderness in strong holds, and remained in a
mountain in the wilderness of Ziph. And Saul sought him every day, but
God delivered him not into his hand.
2 Sam 5:7
Nevertheless David took the strong hold of Zion: the same is the city of David.
example, a man may believe that God does not heal today, that his
grandfather had cancer, his father had cancer, and he will get
cancer. (It is a fact that over 90% of cancer patients received
the thought earlier in their lives that they would have cancer in their
lifetime.) He will start having visions of himself in the
hospital, and seeing himself with the same symptoms as his
father. The devil will start giving him pains like his father,
and the man will start saying "see, see" and calling it "my
pain". He will literally speak it into existence and/or give
access to the spirit of cancer to come upon him. "Well, brother,
I don't believe that", and that's your problem, your unbelief system,
an ungodly strong hold.
For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:
You try and tell a person who believes in healing (and particularly one
who has been healed by God) that he will have cancer. "Well, you
might, brother, you never now...". "I will not, you lying demon,
Jesus took my infirmities, and bore my sickness, and with stripes I am
healed, not going to be healed, am healed, in Jesus' name. I am
redeemed from the curse of the law, and I will never, ever, have
cancer, in Jesus' name." Now that is a godly strong hold, based
upon a belief system found in the Word of God.
A thought is a powerful thing, because it can become a belief.
Our thoughts must be examined in the light of God's Word, the
Bible. If our thoughts don't line up with the Word, we need to
change our thoughts. Begin to meditate on the Word of God, the
covenant promise of God, of what He said about you, and has said He has
provided for you. Believe Him, who cannot lie, and let it
manifest thru you in your life. That is, why the Word says:
have to prove, you have to produce proof, thru your beliefs and
actions, what is the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God.
For example, it is God's good will for all to be healed (you got to
believe that you are going to get healed, and not die) even if you are
believing in the doctors and medicine; but without faith, it is
impossible to please God (acceptable, that God is going to heal you);
but the greatest is to walk as Jesus walked, in the perfect will of
God, in perfect continual divine health (i.e., heal-eth). Take
the Word and produce the proof in your life.
be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing
of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and
perfect, will of God.
Strong holds come into existence from thoughts that we receive or plant (meditate upon).
2 Cor 10:3-6
Stong holds develop in this order:
though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the
weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the
pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
- Strong holds
The Word says bring into captivity every thought. That means to
you must examine the thoughts that enter your mind. And you must
know the Word to have something to examine it against.
Many people think that all the thoughts that come inside of them, or
that they "hear" or think inside them are just thoughts of their brain
or mind. That is not so. Some people say, "well, I thought
it, I might as well say it". Oh, NO, you don't. That is why
the bible says hold up the shield of faith against all the fiery darts
of the devil.
most of those thoughts are fiery darts from the devil. You have
to examine them and bring them into captivity. You have life and
death in the power of your tongue (Prov 18:21). You cannot just
be speaking death out every time a demon gives you an evil
thought. You would be just like a talking doll. All the
demon has to do is pull your string (give you a thought) and out it
comes. People who live like that have their lives and the lives
of those around them constantly torn up.
Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
see, the thoughts are in your heart (spirit), not mind (soul). I
heard of someone who once taught that the devil cannot hear you in your
mind, which may be so, but he can hear you in the spirit
realm. If you speak in the natural realm, natural creatures hear
you. If you speak in the spirit realm, even silently within yourself
(so you think), it is heard in the spirit realm.
A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.
Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall a
child be born unto him that is an hundred years old? and shall Sarah,
that is ninety years old, bear?
called the child "Isaac", meaning laughter. Because God hear
Abraham Spirit to spirit when Abraham spoke in his heart. And
again with Sarah.
God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt
call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an
everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him.
are a spirit creature that lives in a body. You are a spirit,
which has a soul, not a soul that has a spirit. According to the
original Hebrew of Gen 2:7, God spirited (breathed) into man and man
became a spirit(-ual) soul. The soul came into existence because
of the spirit entering the body. The soul is the connection
between spirit and body. As you hear someone in the natural, and
it goes thru your soul to your spirit. How can someone say
something, and you be grieved in the spirit, if the spirit does not
hear it? You can bring to remembrance (from the memory is in the
mind) what was said, but it is now playing over and over in your heart
(spirit), not in the natural ear that you originally heard it
Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have
pleasure, my lord being old also? And the LORD said unto Abraham,
Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child,
which am old?
Your spirit communes and exists in contact with the spirit realm /
world all the times, just as your flesh / skin is in contact with the
natural world all the time, feeling and sensing the atmosphere and
activities (sound (thoughts), sight (imaginations), smell, feel of the
air or touch, etc...) of the things around you. Your flesh (or body, it
is the same word in the Greek) communicates this information to your
soul (mind, will, and emotions), which communicates them to your
spirit. Your spirit man touches and receives information from the
spirit realm and communicates that to your soul also.
Most thoughts that you hear inside you are actually spoken words in the
spirit realm by either (1) the Holy Spirit (or angels), or (2)
demons. Think of a time when the Holy Spirit has been talking to
you, and you see that it is as thoughts (we will get into
distinguishing between other spirits, your spirit and your soul in
School of the Spirit). Think of when you hear the Holy Spirit
starting to pray in tongues inside of you, it sounds like
"thoughts". The mind is a storehouse or databank of information,
but your conscience (area of processing thoughts) is your spirit or
heart (, but what is called your "sub-conscience" is the Holy Spirit).
The Word is the discerner, the examiner, of the thoughts of the heart (in the spirit).
But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing,
and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with
their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.
verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be
thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his
heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
must begin to study, memorize and know the Word of God concerning your
situation and life, in order to have victory and overcome the strong
holds of the devil.
the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged
sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of
the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents
of the heart.
Like a castle wall is built up a brick at a time, stone upon stone,
line upon line, thought processes or belief systems are built up a
thought at a time. These thoughts build upon and reinforce
previous thoughts. They lead to vain imaginations (visions) that
give even greater strength to the strong hold.
theft will begin to see himself stealing that thing he is thinking
on. A false witness will imagine the trouble he will cause those
he is lying about. Murder can be in vision or imagination form,
as well as adulteries and fornications.
For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:
images that play over and over in a person's head (heart) become very
strong imprints on them. For example, you angry at someone,
everybody was sure to come by and share what the other person said or
did, to be sure to rehearse it, over and over again to you, it seems to
play over and over before your eyes in your head... See the process
But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her
hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
Or maybe its worries about finances, "how am I going to pay (the
bills)". (Note: The devil never talks to you in 3rd person, like
"how is he ...", but in first person "how am I ...", so that you will
think it is your own thought, and receive it.) "You know, my
parents were always poor, I have always been poor, and I am never going
to get out of this, I am never going to be able to move from this area,
I am never going to be able to..." And you see yourself in
that poor job, in that poor car, in that poor house... Start looking up
from where your help comes from, and see what God sees for you.
Ask the Holy Spirit to give you a vision of what He has for you, and
wants you to start meditating on and believing for.
We must guard intensely our imaginations. Sometimes the devil
will give you dreams to back up and strengthen the strong hold.
"I dreamed my car broke down". Lying devil, I don't have
breakdown's, in Jesus' name. I remember I started having dreams
about some monster chasing me. About the 3rd night it happened,
in my dream with me a sleep, my spirit man took over the dream, and I
stopped running, turned around and shouted "in Jesus' name". The
monster stopped, the dream ended, and never came back.
Start seeing yourself in that place that God wants for you, in that new
job, in that new house, in that place of ministry. Allow vision,
hope, and faith to start rising up in you. Dream big dreams, and
begin to speak to them to come to pass, in Jesus' name.
Strong holds are the end result of uncontrolled thoughts and
imaginations. The resulting belief system will determine a
person's future actions. Strong holds are belief systems, that
the enemy imparts into one, to cause that individual to begin to
acquire his thoughts, to bring one to hopelessness and discouragement,
and ultimately away from the intimate knowledge of Jesus Christ and how
He walked here on earth. Once he gets into one's belief system, he
stops that individual from patterning his or her walk after
Christ. He begins to speak into that mind and control it.
For example, a young girl's father leaves the family when she is
young. She misses him, she feels rejected, not cared for, the
devil tells her "it was my fault", "I must have don't something",
"nobody loves me", "nobody will ever love me"... See grows up to
be a beautiful woman, but cannot see herself beautiful because she sees
herself as unworthy / unlovable. When people start getting close
to her, something always happens, because she is rejecting them "after
all, they will never accept me". It is a strong underlying belief
that is destroying her live. BUT GOD says you are worthy, because
He chose you to set His love upon you, and that you are accepted
in the beloved. Amen.
So the thought process has to change. Some times ungodly strong
holds have to be torn down a thought at a time, as we build up godly
strong holds in their place, a thought at a time, with supporting
visions and dreams and imaginations, until I know that I know the will
and Word of God for me in this area, and cannot be moved or shaken from
it, in Jesus' name.
Some times strong holds are what we think about all the time. It is what we value or count worthy.
The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.
example, one person loved baseball. That is all they thought
about, dreamed about, imagined about as they walked around. They
could not wait till the evening and weekends when they could go play
21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
It consumed them and controlled them. It does not matter if it is
baseball, or shopping, or being mad with someone, or TV /
Playstation / porn; if it is consuming you, your thoughts and
imagination, it is controlling you... for the purpose of keeping you
away from godly strong holds, and thereby defeated.
Begin to use the name of Jesus to break its power. Begin to curse
that ungodly lust that is drawing you or driving you, evening in your
thoughts toward that thing, and command it to wither and die out of
your life, in Jesus' name.
Begin to replace it with God's Word. Begin to speak the Word over
your self and situation, in the name of Jesus. Begin to see your
self in that place of victory. And allow God to build you up into
that man of God that He has destined you to be since before the
foundation of the world, in Jesus' name!
that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart,
having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.