2 Corinthians 10:4-5 – For the weapons of our warfare are not merely human, but they have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every proud obstacle raised up against the knowledge of God, and we take every thought captive to obey Christ.
What is a stronghold?
A stronghold is a thought that is thought over and over again until it takes hold deep in your life and penetrates even your unconscious mind and becomes an inner image or mindset that controls your life. It can be either positive or negative.
Thoughts are planted like seeds, and the more you think them (tend them, nurture them, water them), the more they grow. This is why we are to meditate on the Word day and night. Then you will build strongholds of God’s thoughts that will cause you success and prosperity in all you do. You will only prosper and succeed to the degree you think like God.
There are also corporate strongholds or group strongholds. A corporate stronghold would be the ways of thought prevalent in the current time or group of people. According to the word, these thoughts and ideas are according to the course of this age, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience. This is why we are to not be conformed to the present world but be transformed by the renewing of our minds.
Sometimes strongholds are forces of evil that set up strongholds in the midst of people who perform certain practices. There are things mentioned in the Bible that will defile the land. I believe this means that these practices release demonic activity that may remain even after the people move on – and continue to try to have the same influence on others who later live there.
Individual thoughts and strongholds can be pulled down, but so can ways of thinking that prevail in a group of people. Even the evil forces in the heavenlies that have gained a stronghold in certain areas or places because of the practices and thinking of the people who live there can be pulled down.
Any kind of stronghold can be torn down through the mighty weapons that God has provided. Some of these are prayer by the help of the Holy Spirit, replacing the stronghold with truth from the knowledge of the Word. These are both mighty weapons of God given to tear down strongholds. God also gives us gifts of the Spirit as weapon to identify and tear down strongholds.