Breaking Free From Strongholds – Part 1


Pastor Louis Johnson, May 20, 2018

Part 1 – The Truth about Lies

STRONGHOLDS

(Luke 4:18) “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

(Acts 10:38) …how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.

(1 John 3:8) The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.

Strongholds

(2 Corinthians 10:3-5) For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

A prisoner locked by deception.

Living life by something that is not true.

Steal our focus.

Cause us to feel controlled.

Consume our emotional energy.

Distract us from our purpose.

Rob us of abundant life.

(2 Timothy 2:26) …they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.

Overcoming Strongholds

(Luke 11:21-22 MSG) “When a strong man, armed to the teeth, stands guard in his front yard, his property is safe and sound. But what if a stronger man comes along with superior weapons? Then he’s beaten at his own game, the arsenal that gave him such confidence hauled off, and his precious possessions plundered.”

Take back my thought life.

(Romans 8:5-6 NLT) Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. If your sinful nature controls your mind, there is death. But if the Holy Spirit controls your mind, there is life and peace.

(Romans 12:2 NLT) Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.

Identify the lie.

(John 8:44) “…When (the devil) lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”

Replace the lie with God’s truth.

(Ephesians 6:10-18) Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes… (Take) the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray…

The Word of God.

Prayer.