Is it possible for a believer to give ground to the enemy, then if it is, it then becomes crucial for that believer, in the power of the Holy Spirit to take back round he or she has yielded to the enemy. This is the heart of the book. To understand the ways that God’ people can give ground to Satan.
Mixed emotions on this study. I believe what the word says that we should guard our hearts and that the Satan’s mission is to deceive, destroy, and ultimately death to those made in the image of God. I do believe in Spiritual Warfare and that no matter what you believe, we are in the middle of it. That the battle ground is the mind and the goal is for God’s glory. Do I give Satan ground? Yes I do. The book is broken out by chapters in how we give Satan ground that affects our joy, our ministry, and how we love God and others. Logan gets it right that the question is not Do you have Victory? But are you standing in the victory you already have in Christ? There is a difference.
The definition of a stronghold is most helpful A stronghold is a mindset impregnated with hopelessness that causes me to accept as unchangeable something that I know is contrary to the will of God. I also was encouraged by his stand that being fixated on the enemy and his power is not helpful but that our focus should always be on Christ. Knowing how the enemy operates and becoming obsessed with him are two different things.
Each chapter also includes Higher Ground in which we can take steps to identify the stronghold and to bring to prayer. Being mindful of these strongholds is the first key to unlock as we walk thru scripture to breakdown the strongholds that keep us in fear or in sin. Breaking a stronghold always begins with repentance.
One strong disagreement I have A final reminder I want to leave with you before we get into the discipline of renewing the mind is this. simply having a wrong thought does not make you sinful or guilty,. If it did, Jesus would be sinful, as He received (but did not act upon) wrong thoughts, which were suggested to Him by Satan in the temptation in the wilderness. First of all, those were not Jesus’ thoughts but Satan as he attempted to tempt Jesus thru the desires that Adam and Eve failed in the garden. I think sin does go deeper that action but our thoughts as well which Jesus did teach when he taught on lust of the mind or calling a brother a jerk. Our thoughts reveal the heart.
The book was helpful in recognizing the strongholds and the hope we can lose because of those strongholds. However, I am thankful that I can call on the name of Jesus and know that he will never forsake me. That his mercy is new everyday.
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