Sermon Notes

Pulling Down Strongholds: Pt1 (5.22.19)

By May 23, 2019 April 12th, 2021 No Comments

2 Corinthians 10:1-3
Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you: But I beseech you, that I may not be bold when I am present with that confidence, wherewith I think to be bold against some, which think of us as if we walked according to the flesh. For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:

Being created in the image of God gives us the ability to imagine a thing and then see it manifest. So, whatever is happening in the imagery of your life matters. The enemy has no creative power. If he wants something to manifest in your life, all he has to do is get you to visualize it first.

Romans 1:16
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

God is no respecter of persons, we should preach to all. The above mentioned passage from Romans is referring to the jew versus the greek can be understood to mean, someone like yourself versus someone on the outside of the church or someone who doesn’t look like you. The greek wanted knowledge and the Jew wanted power. The church of Corinth was a melting pot of different cultures, languages, and ethnicities. Paul’s message to the church of Corinth addressed all the needs of these groups.

Once we know who we are in Christ, we can then pull down the strongholds of the world.

It seems that the church today has adopted a defensive, victim mindset of survival and retreat. The church was never called to be the victim, attempting to keep the enemy’s strongholds off our mind.

Matthew 16:18
And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

When you’re praying only for survival, you’re already defeated. It should be that you rush in and take enemy territory! We shouldn’t be fearful and concerned that the enemy will take ours. The Word teaches us that the gates of hell shall not prevail. That means there will be a war but the enemy won’t win. The gates of hell cannot handle you.

We need to move from “Lord don’t let my gates fail” to “The gates of hell will not prevail.”

The enemy has fortified some things. The people we are trying to reach are in a world and in a system that has support and has been strengthened. We have the power to pull these strongholds down.

Now I, Paul, urge you by the gentleness and graciousness of Christ—I who am meek [so they say] when with you face to face, but bold [outspoken and fearless] toward you when absent! I ask that when I do come I will not be driven to the boldness that I intend to show toward those few who regard us as if we walked according to the flesh [like men without the Spirit]. For though we walk in the flesh [as mortal men], we are not carrying on our [spiritual] warfare according to the flesh and using the weapons of man.

There are people who the enemy thinks that he has the gates so fortified on them that he doesn’t have to worry about them being saved. That’s what WE are here for! The Word penetrates the gates that the enemy has fortified. We have access to the anointing of might and knowledge and five other anointings to bring down strongholds!

2 Corinthians 10:6
And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.

This verse teaches us that when made free from strongholds, those made free are found fulfilling the purpose God had on their life.

1 Samuel 2:1-4
And Hannah prayed, and said, My heart rejoiceth in the Lord , mine horn is exalted in the Lord : my mouth is enlarged over mine enemies; because I rejoice in thy salvation. There is none holy as the Lord : for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God. Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed. The bows of the mighty men are broken, and they that stumbled are girded with strength.

Verses 3-4 instruct us to not be arrogant. We can’t think someone strong in a position can’t change. We cannot look on someone’s appearance or their seemingly strong stance and deem them unreachable. God is able to change them with one word and in one moment.

Some peoples gates are bad thoughts and attitudes that have been fortified by the way they were raised, bad experiences, what they listen to, or what they put before their eyes. We have the power, through Christ, to pull those thought processes down.

The word raise means to cause or help to rise to a standing position, or to lift up.
The word raze means to erase, or to destroy to the ground.

We, as Christians, should be razing hell!

Jeremiah 1:4-10
Then the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. Then said I, Ah, Lord God ! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child. But the Lord said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak. Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the Lord . Then the Lord put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the Lord said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth. See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.

Notice, this scripture doesn’t empower us to just change our home, neighborhood or city. It empowers us to change nations and kingdoms! It says that we are to root out, pull down, destroy and throw down. After you pull down, then you can build and plant.

The Lord cannot build and plant if we are behind gates and strongholds. We must first destroy them. We must be free before we can free others. Strongholds are territorial. Be aware of the strongholds that are prevalent in your city. Be intentional and take territory. The gates of hell shall NOT prevail!