Video: Freedom from Demonic Strongholds
Here's the Facebook Live video from my teaching on April 29, 2018.
I actually forgot to explain what a demonic stronghold is - I was hurrying because we celebrated the Lord's Supper - and it kind of slipped my mind until the prayer at the end of the teaching. So, I gave a brief explanation after the prayer, but we'd already stopped the Live feed and the audio recording.
I've included an explanation of the concept of a demonic stronghold below:
Let's begin by figuring out what a demonic stronghold is. In Ephesians 4:26-27, it says this:
""In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold."
The word "foothold" means "place, possibility, opportunity, chance."
So, the verses are saying: If we stay angry long enough, and don't deal with conflict in a healthy, godly way, it gives an opportunity for demonic interference in our lives and in our church.
So ... let's make that a general statement: If I won't let God rule over an area of my life - it could be something in my thoughts, attitudes, or lifestyle - demons will rule over it instead. Put it another way: any habitual, intentional, pattern of sin in my life is an invitation for demonic interference.
And that's a demonic stronghold.
Colossians 3:5ff. is a list of habitual patterns of sin that mirrors the list in Ephesians 4. I conclude, therefore, that anything on the list in Ephesians or Colossians will open the door to demonic interference in our lives and our churches.
OK? So here's the video of my teaching: