What Is The Tearing Down Of Strongholds?



Many people when they talk of the tearing down of strongholds try to make this something more than it is.

They try to give the devil credit for something that in this case, he has nothing to do with.

The Apostle Paul when he talks about the tearing down of strongholds, is not talking about demonic activity but instead is talking about human activity within our minds.

So let’s take a look at the passage in 2 Corinthians 10 where Paul is talking about the tearing down of strongholds and let’s learn how we can tear down these things within our lives and live lives that are truly free in Christ.

The Tearing Down Of Strongholds Bible Verse.

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 NLT

3 We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. 4 1 We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. 5 We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 NKJV

3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,

What Are Strongholds?

In this passage we can see that strongholds are not some type of demonic activity. Instead strongholds are things that happen in our minds.

In this case the battle is in the mind and we need to have our minds renewed. (1 Cor. 12:1-2)

Strongholds are imbedded in our human reasoning, our imaginations, and our human pride. They are part of how we perceive the world.

So let’s take a moment to talk about these 3 things.

Human Reasoning

The process of human reasoning is a very basic process that we use all the time. It basically goes like this.

If A causes B and B is bad, then we should not do A.

Now let me put it in more human terms.

If my Father never gives me love and I am disappointed, then I should not ever expect love from a Father so I won’t be disappointed.

Thus this human reasoning influences our expectations.


Imagination can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on how we use it. It can cause us to be creative geniuses or destructive fools.

When we allow our imaginations to dwell on things that are contrary to the word of God, then it can be destructive.

Imagination is the womb that desire uses to give birth to sin. (James 1:15) Imagination is never reality.

Many times we imagine God to be one way but He is in reality the exact opposite.

Human Pride

There is healthy pride and unhealthy pride.

Healthy pride is when you care about how you look, do your job, excel in your career.

Unhealthy pride is self-reliance and stubbornness. Unhealthy pride is when you must be right even though you know you are wrong. Unhealthy pride demands it’s own way.

When we are operating with unhealthy pride we are opposing the truth by choice.

It is a stronghold that has to be torn down if you are ever to come to the full knowledge of God.



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