Pulling down strongholds
On Sunday, Aug. 12th 2012,
Heard “Pull down strongholds, False Security and people pleasing by speaking lies”
Heard “Relatively “Pinocchio”
Saw “Giant # 90 written in front of me” ( # 9 symbolize finalization and completion..9 fruits of the spirit and 9 gifts for the church)
Note : #9 in the ten commandments is " 9. You shall not lie"
Beloved, This time is a time in which the Lord is doing deep cleaning in his house. All of us who knows the father and his genuine love will know that he is doing something great for his purposes and his plans which are always good! If we yield to the process and submit we will be successful and prosperous. If we rebel, we are going to lose and lose big!
Pinocchio is a character that is well known. where ever you go in the world people know Pinocchio and his story! The Lord is using this character so his word will be understood by so many all over the world! Some will hear but not understand but those who knows the Lord will heed his voice! they will hear, understand and be transformed!
Pinocchio started his adventure in life by telling lies to deal with fear and insecurity! He lied to protect himself from intruders (we have them all around), He lied to please people around him. He didn't trust his father in taking care of him, protect him, and plan his future for him. he wanted to do it, live it his way and he got bad results until he faced himself and renewed his mind which caused him to be divinely transformed!
The Lord is calling us today to test ourselves, lifestyles, thoughts and characters. he wants us to pull down all and everything that he didn't plant in us and be renewed by our minds seeking the mind of Christ!
Take a stand today to test your self, pull down what is not God and renewed by your mind seeking the mind of Christ!
Colossians 3:9 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices
Proverbs 6:16-19 There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.
Revelation 21:8 But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”
The story involves an old wood-carver named Geppetto who carves a wooden puppet named Pinocchio who has been told that he can become a real boy if he proves himself "brave, truthful, and unselfish". Thus begin the puppet's adventures to become a real boy, which involve many encounters with a host of unsavory characters.
Pinocchio transformed from the kid he was to a truly innocent little boy made of wood. Through the course of the story Pinocchio became more and more aware of the dangers of his life and even set out to rescue his father from a legendary sea monster which would soon give him the earnings to becoming a real boy.
What exactly is a stronghold?
A stronghold is an incorrect thinking pattern that has molded itself into our way of thinking. These strongholds have the capability to affect our feelings, how we respond to various situations in life, and they play a large role in our spiritual freedom.
Where do strongholds come from?
Strongholds are built upon deception and error. These errors and deceptions which form strongholds can come from a wide variety of sources, including our environment, those around us, our parents or even demon spirits. I have seen where people have picked up a demon, then the demon quickly builds one or more strongholds in their mind that must be later torn down.
How do you tear down strongholds?
Since strongholds are built upon error and falsehood, it is through the truth that you tear down such faulty thinking patterns. Strongholds are built when we accept and receive error and begin to meditate on them. It forms in our minds what is known as an imagination, that is, a false concept that we believe to be true, but in reality is not. The Bible speaks about these imaginations clearly, and shows us how they can be torn down:
2 Corinthians 10:4, "(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 God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ."
The renewing of our minds and strongholds
We know that strongholds and imaginations must be cast down, but how? By being transformed through the renewing of our minds:
Romans 12:2, "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."
As our minds are renewed, we may prove (discern) what is good, acceptable and perfect, and the will of God. These things are some of the very things that strongholds rise themselves against! Many people who are caught up in shame based thinking do not realize that it's God's will and it is good for them to disassociate themselves from their past. Their minds need to be renewed, and as those strongholds come down they will be able to see God's will and respond.
How are our minds renewed and cleansed? Through the washing of the Word our minds are transformed and strongholds are torn down. Spending time and meditating on the Word of God washes our minds and corrects our false thinking patters (strongholds).
Ephesians 5:26-27, "That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish."
As we meditate and wash our minds with God's Word, we will be transformed by the renewing of our minds, and we will come to know the will of God, and discern what is right, perfect and good. Our strongholds, which are based upon error and deception will not stand a chance as the light of God's Word (truth) is shed upon those areas of our minds.
Maryam Ziadat is an anointed Apostolic prophet who desires for all people to wake up and rise to their true identity in the Lord. Maryam helped planted churches in the Middle East as well as USA. She ministered and preached in so many local and international churches. She posted prophetic messages online, on her fb page, groups, and her website: www.thefeastofhispromises.com as well as other ministries pages and groups.