and Corporate Strongholds
strongholds are unique, shaped according to each person's
history and development. Corporate strongholds affect us
all. Each of us reacts to those corporate strongholds and
then includes them into our thinking in our own way. Both
types of strongholds capture our minds and rob us of the
ability to think freely.
Strongholds, both personal and corporate, are formidable
obstacles to the healing process, for they are deeply
embedded in our minds. Strongholds have lives of their
own. In this lesson, we will look at the origin of
strongholds, and the part the mind plays in blocking our
relationship with the Lord. Scripture offers us a model
for entering into warfare against the strongholds that
hold us captive as individuals, as groups, and indeed as
(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but
mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds)
Casting down imaginations and every high thing that
exalteth itself against the knowledge of Go4 and bringing
into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ
II Corinthians 10:4-5
Our carnal mind does not want to give up control. Hebrews
2:15 The primary function of the baptism of the Holy
Spirit is not how many gifts are functioning, but rather
who or what is it's control.
What happened the first time that you spoke in Tongues?
Your mind said, "That's not real! You are making
that up! That's your flesh not the spirit! You cut that
out." Your mind wants to control everything. God
gave us Tongues partially to by-pass the control of the
The first time you had a prophetic word for someone, your
mind stepped in and said, "You're going to make a
fool of yourself!" " They will look at you like
you lost your mind! Don't embarrass yourself!" Why?
Your mind does not want you to get into the habit of
following the leading of the Holy Spirit, because it also
bypasses the mind.
Break the mental control; the things of God offend the
first function of your mind is to filter out the signals
that come at it from every direction. The mind enables us
to focus or concentrate on one thing at a time. At the
base of the brain there is something called the
reticulating filtering device. This mechanism filters out
sound, light and noise that hinders' concentration. For
example: You find a nice and very affordable home,
unfortunately it is next to the air port and when you are
looking at the house planes are flying over head all the
time because you happen to be directly in their landing
pattern. That is why the house is so in expensive, the
real-estate agent adds. You take it because you can't
afford anything else. You have some trouble getting use
to the new sights and sounds for the next few weeks. One
day you have company over for supper and after about an
hour your guests say, "How can you stand all that
noise?" And you say, "What noise?" The
reticulating filtering device has muted that noise in
your brain, because you couldn't be constantly aware of
that noise and function on an every day basis. Your mind
does what it is trained to do.
That is one of the good things that it does however our
mind can become our worst enemy. As children, we delegate
authority to our minds. Once installed on the throne, the
mind attempts to stay in control. When the Holy Spirit
comes, He enters into warfare with the carnal mind. Who
will win? What our mind is trained to do is block out the
spirit. We must put the carnal mind to death on the
PRAYER FOR THE CARNAL MIND
I PRAY LORD THAT YOU HELP ME BRING MY MIND TO THE CROSS
PUT IT TO DEATH. SET ME FREE FROM MY OWN CARNALITY AND
I PUT ALL I KNOW TO DEATH ON YOUR CROSS-LORD JESUS
THE WORD OF GOD IN ME, AND I WANT THE HOLY SPIRIT
ALL MY WAYS AND THOUGHTS. LORD; BRING ALL MY MINDS WAY OF
THINKING TO DEATH ON YOUR CROSS.
RESURRECT ME WITH THE RENEWED MIND OF CHRIST. TEACH ME
HOW TO LISTEN WITH MY NEW MIND, SO THAT I MAY WALK IN THE
SPIRIT ACCORDING TO THE WORD OF GOD.
I THANK YOU LORD THAT YOU HAVE ANSWERED MY PRAYER AND YOU
ARE DOING IT IN ME, THROUGH ME, AND FOR ME
IN JESUS' HOLY NAME.
is a stronghold?
It is an automatic, practiced and habitual way of
thinking. God created us with lives and wills of our own;
what we create also has life of its own (habits,
fantasies, and ways of thinking). The ways of thinking
that we developed before we knew Jesus can resurrect and
maintain lives of their own. Although we think of our
mind as a friend, we must remember that "a mind set
on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the spirit is
life and peace' Romans 8:6 "The mind set on the
flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject
itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do
so." Romans 8;7 those who are in the flesh cannot
The very first sin was a mental sin. Satan thought that
he would rule. Our childhood ways become practiced ways
of thinking, habitual ruts, and strongholds. Like a
computer, the mind continues to function as it was
programmed (inertia: unless halted, things continue as
they are). Once sinfully programmed, the only remedy is
death; we must be born anew.
Jesus died. He was crucified on the "mind of
man". Golgotha: the skull, the residence of the
The Lord renews our mind. Paul tells us to "be
transformed by the renewing" of our minds, that we
may "prove what the will of God is, that which is
good and acceptable and perfect"
Warfare against the mind is biblical. It is not chasing
demons, but rather the act of destroying speculations,
every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God,
and taking every thought captive to the obedience of
II Corinthians 10:4-5
An analogy of biblical warfare: A fortress was often
built on a hill in an easily defended valley. To conquer
it, attacking warriors breached the city wall and burned
the city. They accomplished this by hurling burning logs
or balls of debris over the walls catching the structures
in the city on fire. When the people would abandon the
walls to put out the flames the army would scale the
walls without resistance from the defenders.
In spiritual warfare, we must hurl the Word of God
against the walls of the mind. Truth breaks down walls
and takes every thought captive. Our truest warfare is
against ungodly ways of thinking.
do we war against strongholds?
Recognize that they have a mind of their own, they twist
the truth of God's Word, and they blind us by
masking/clouding the issues
Isaiah 42:18-20, 43:8
Repentance removes Satan's control. Bind the strongholds
and command them to be still, detest the strongholds and
once you bring them to death on the cross, repent of
them. Ask God to build new ways of thinking in you. The
most powerful weapon against strongholds is repentance.
Overcome with God's word. Psalm 19:7 and following. Read
until your mind grasps the true meaning of God's Word. We
must have a foundation on which to operate. Replace old
strongholds with biblical truth. We must gain strength
from the word in order to destroy self-centeredness.
A corporate stronghold is a shared way of thinking. It is
a practiced, habitual way of thinking which; we share
with the common mentality of mankind. It is a type of
tradition or philosophy actively controlling groups,
masses, and nations Colossians 2:8
Its effects on the Christian are to rob us of
rationality, and our ability to contradict it. It robs us
of free will in order to control us, and create tunnel
vision. Corporate strongholds block the word of God, take
the mind and finally the soul captive.
An analogy of The Corporate Stronghold is 20,000 leagues'
under the sea the giant squid that wrapped itself around
Captain Nemo's submarine. A corporate strong hold grasps
an entire group and holds it fast.
Hitler had to poison and entire philosophy. Once a
stronghold takes over, you can no
longer reason with it,
The purpose of a corporate stronghold is to distort the
Word of God to its own destruction. II Peter 3:16
the stronghold and bind it. A stronghold is flesh; it
cannot be east out, but must be bound in the name of
Jesus to break its hold on the mind. It is the
Principality behind the stronghold that must be cast out.
Lead the client to repentance in prayer.
Persevere in prayer until the one you are praying for can
think clearly and can make decisions.
Remember to pray "Hiding Prayers" Galatians
3:3; Psalm 91. When you battle against principalities and
strongholds the enemy can see you. Put on the full armor
of God and ask the Lord to cover you with His blood so
that you will be hidden from the enemy. Perform regular
spiritual cleaning and covering yourself with the Blood
of Jesus. Remember to stay balanced; don't get too
serious. You must be relaxed and learn to rest and play.
Good wholesome fun is always in order.
Do not be afraid. Read Psalm 149, which tells us to wage
war with joy, praise, and a two-edged sword. We have the
Mark 16; Matthew 28
When you are praying for family members bound in sin and
or addicted to drugs, alcohol, pornography etc. Bind
every stronghold that has kept them bound and blinded to
the truth. "Lord I bind every stronghold that has my
loved one blinded to the truth. I command that the
stronghold be bound in Jesus' name and that he/she can
now see You Lord, for who You really are. Bring he/she to
the truth and knowledge of Your saving grace". Amen
Psalm 191 - The law of the Lord is perfect,/ reviving the
soul. The statutes of the Lord are! trustworthy, making
wise the simple. / The precepts of the Lord are right,!
giving joy to the heart.! The commands of the Lord are
radiant,! giving light to the eyes./The fear of the Lord
is pure, enduring forever.! The ordinances of the Lord
are sure! and altogether righteous. / They are more
precious than gold, / than much pure gold;! they are
sweeter than honey,! than honey from the comb.! By them
is your servant warned;/ in keeping them there is great
Psalm 91-He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High /
will Rest in the shadow of the Almighty./I will say of
the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God,
in whom I trust.'! Surely he will save you from the
fowler's snare! and from the deadly pestilence.! He will
cover you with his feathers, and under his wings / you
will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield!
and rampart.! You will not fear the terror of night, nor
the arrow that flies! by day, nor the pestilence that
stalks in the darkness, nor! the plague that destroys at
midday.! A thousand may fall at your side,! ten thousand
at your right hand, but it will not come near! you. You
will only observe with our eyes and see the punishment of
If you make the Most High your dwelling-even the Lord,
who is my refuge-then no harm will befall you, no
disaster will come near your tent. For he will command
his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;
they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will
not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread upon
the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion
and the serpent.
"Because he loves me, says the Lord, "I will
rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my
name. He will call upon me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and
honor him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him
149 -Praise the Lord / Sing to the Lord a new song his
praise in the assembly of the saints! Let Israel rejoice
in their Maker; let the people of Zion be glad in their
hearts. / Let them praise his name with dancing and make
music to him with tambourine and harp.! For the Lord
takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with
salvation.! Let the saints rejoice in this honor and
sing! for joy on their beds.! May the praise of Cod be in
their mouths! and a double-edged sword in their hands,!
to inflict vengeance on the nations! And punishment on
the peoples, to bind their kings with! Fetters, their
nobles with shackles of iron, to carry out the sentence
written against them. This is the glory of all the
saints.! Praise the Lord.
Isaiah 42:15-20-"Hear, you deaf;! look, you blind,
and see!! Who is blind but my servant, and deaf like the
messenger I send? Who is blind like the one committed to
me, blind like the servant of the Lord? You have seen
many things but have paid no attention; your ears are
open, but you hear nothing.
Isaiah 43:8 - Lead out those who have eyes but are
blind,! who have ears but are deaf.
Matthew 7;5 - You hypocrite, first take the plank out of
your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the
speck from your brothers eye.
Matthew 28 - the Resurrection
Mark 16 - the Resurrection
Luke 1I: 25-26 - When it arrives, it finds the house
swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and takes
seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go
in and live there. And the final condition of that man is
worse than the first.
John 5:19 - Jesus gave them this answer: "I tell you
the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do
only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the
Father does the Son also does,
John8:28-So Jesus said, "When you have lifted up the
Son of Man, then you will know that! am the one I claim
to be, and that I do nothing on my own but speak just
what the Father has taught me.
Romans 8:5-Those who live according to the sinful nature
have their minds set on what that nature desires; but
those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their
minds set on what the Spirit desires.
Romans 12:1-2 (NAS) - I urge you therefore, brethren, by
the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and
holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your
spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to
this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your
mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that
which is good and acceptable and perfect
II Corinthians 3:12-18; 4:1-4(NAS) - Having therefore
such a hope, we use great boldness in our speech, and are
not as Moses, who used to put a veil over his face that
the sons of Israel might not look intently at the end of
what was fading away. But their minds were hardened; for
until this very day at the reading of the old covenant
the same veil remains unlifted, because it is removed in
Christ. But to this day whenever Moses is read, a veil
lies over their heart; BUT WHENEVER A MAN TURNS TO THE
LORD, THE VEIL IS TAKEN AWAY. Now the Lord is the Spirit;
and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror
the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the
same image, from glory to glory, just as from the Lord,
Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we have
received mercy, we do not lose heart, but we have
enounced the things hidden because of shame, not walking
in craftiness or adulterating the word of
but by the manifestation of truth commending ourselves to
every man's conscience in the sight of God. And even if
our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are
perishing, in whose case the god of this world has
blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that they might not
see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who
is the image of God.
II Corinthians 10:4-S - 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.
Galatians 33 - Are you so foolish? After beginning with
the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by
Ephesians 6:10-12 - 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. For
our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against
the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers
of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of
evil in the heavenly realms.
Colossians 2:8(NAS) - See to it that no one takes you
captive through philosophy and empty deception, according
to the tradition of men, according to the elementary
principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.
I John 2:8-11(NAS) - On the other hand, I am writing a
new commandment to you, which is true in Him and in you,
because the darkness is passing away, and the true light
is already shining. The one who says he is in the light
and yet hates his brother is in the darkness until now.
The one who loves his brother abides in the light and
there is no cause for stumbling in him. But the one who
hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the
darkness, and does not know where he is going because the
darkness has blinded his eyes.
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