It is said that truth is the first casualty of war. Nations at war use propaganda as a significant weapon against each other. In spiritual warfare truth plays an even more crucial role. It defines the very nature of the battle.
The heart of spiritual warfare is the battle for the hearts and minds of people. All demonic strongholds are rooted in deception and can only be overcome by the truth of God’s Word. The arguments Satan uses are often plausible and always appealing to fleshly human thinking. But they go beyond what is rational or appealing because they are charged with demonic power.
We must learn how to launch and effective and long-lasting attack on this power base of the enemy of our souls.
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 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, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled. 2 Corinthians 10:4-6
The answer to error is truth. Jesus told us that God’s word is truth (John 17:17) and this truth must be effectively proclaimed, genuinely professed and consistently practiced. That’s the only way to pull down strongholds in our own lives, as well as our families, our communities and our nation.
It is time for every Christian to be a disciple of the Word of God. We must make sure we know what we believe and why we believe it if we are going to pull down the strongholds of the mind. God wants us to be equipped with the weapon of truth that has been powerfully revealed in Christ and in Scripture. Getting to grips with God’s Word is an unavoidable must for everyone who wants to stand against the onslaughts of the enemy in our day.
Knowing what God says, however, is not enough. We must understand it, believe it and deeply receive it so that it becomes a profound conviction in our hearts. We must also be able to defend the truth before those who argue with human wisdom. Finally, we must actually do the truth. Putting God’s Word into practice is the very thing that releases Satan’s grip on our lives and that of our society as a whole.