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Destroying Strongholds (22 of 31)
Series: 2 Corinthians
2 Corinthians 10:1-6
If you have your Bible, please turn to 2nd Corinthians chapter 10. We want to talk tonight about this subject: Destroying Strongholds.
Now my wife is an animal lover. And when we first got married, I wasn't much of an animal liker. And she wanted us to get a dog, and so we got a dog, an inside dog. And then we got another dog. And to date we have four inside dogs. I have learned to like dogs. I like little dogs. I like our Chihuahuas that we have. But then Debbie branches out. Not only do we have dogs. Sometimes I come home and there's a cat. And we've had some cats. And I came home the other day and we have goldfish. And it's hard to get close to a fish. But I just was teasing Debbie because we've had fish before and they always die soon after we get them. And she cleaned out their tank the other day and put them in the new tank. Felt so good. It's like making a new bed, you know. She said, ''The fish died! They didn't like the new tank.'' And so she's gotten more fish. But one of the things that Debbie likes to do is, at our house we have a very wooded backyard, and she likes to put out bird feeders and bird baths. So we have birds that come. And let me tell you something. If you put out bird feeders for the birds, they tell their friends. They come, and we have a backyard full of birds. You create the right environment and the birds will come.
Now, in the spiritual realm, the same is true as it relates to our enemy, the devil. You can create an environment in your heart and in your life that is almost like throwing out a welcome mat for the devil. And when you throw out a welcome mat for the devil, the devil will come, and he will set up shop. And as the Bible says, he will build a stronghold in your mind that will greatly affect your Christian life. The Bible makes it clear that our struggle, ''Is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers and th ...
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