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Summary: Four Princilple to tear down strongholds in your life.

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TEARING DOWN STRONGHOLDS

TEXT JUDGES 1:1,2

INTRO: What is a stronghold? Stronghold means "fortress". It is a place of safety. 1 Samuel records David’s hiding places or strongholds. In Psalms David said that...

Ps 18:2

2 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

(KJV)

Nahum said...

Nahum 1:7

7 The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.

(KJV)

That is not the type of stronghold that I am talking about today. The stronghold I am talking about is not that place of safety and fastness but it is that stronghold that Satan has placed in your life. It is that thing that is opposed to the will of God, and everything that is oppossed to the will of God must come down.

Judg 1:1

1 Now after the death of Joshua it came to pass, that the children of Israel asked the LORD, saying, Who shall go up for us against the Canaanites first, to fight against them?

(KJV)

Principle One: YOU MUST SEEK GOD CONCERING YOUR SITUATION.

Here’s what’s happening. Joshua has now passed away. Israel is still on their conquest to conquer Canaan.

They had already overcome many difficulties and wared against the inhabitants until they couldn’t retaliate, but their work was not yet done.

Now the land has been divided to the twelve tribes and each tribe is responsible for cleaning out the remaining enemy.

At salvation we begin walking in our spiritual Promise Land. We are walking in the the righteousness of Christ, standing on the promises, claiming his word. We march through our lives fighting and waring against the aparent enemies, but we can’t stop there. We have to continue on our conquest and drive out all the inhabitants of the land.

This is why,

Num 33:55-56

55 But if ye will not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you; then it shall come to pass, that those which ye let remain of them shall be pricks in your eyes, and thorns in your sides, and shall vex you in the land wherein ye dwell.

56 Moreover it shall come to pass, that I shall do unto you, as I thought to do unto them.

(KJV)

They shall be a torment to you until you give in to their ways and dwell in peace with them.

You and I as the children of God cannot live in peace with indwelling sin. For sin always destroys. We must wash in the blood of Christ that cleanses us from all sin.

Some might say, the inhabitants are too many, too strong, but the word of God still comes forth saying,

Josh 3:10

10 And Joshua said, Hereby ye shall know that the living God is among you, and that he will without fail drive out from before you the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Hivites, and the Perizzites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Jebusites.

(KJV)

It is God that will drive out, that will cleanse, that will deliver, that will forgive and give you the victory.

The first thing that you and I must do to have any stronghold torn down in our life is that we must seek God.

Principle Two: PRAISE MUST GO UP.


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