This site is created for those with questions that aren't being answered in normal church settings. Spiritual Warfare is the essense of Christs ministry while on earth and should be ours also. While it has many components, there remains one basic tenent - Faith in his shed blood.

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 One has two choices as a Christian.  One can be either a missionary or a mission field.  As Stronghold, we have chosen the first. 
   Stronghold is a non-profit missionary organization formed to facilitate missionary efforts worldwide as well as at home. Our goal is to link needs with solutions. Our vision is to, under the direction of the Holy Spirit, attend to every seeking soul at home or aboad reaching into lives world wide.  Where there is a bottleneck of supplies, we want to distribute.  Where there are people with special needs, we want to connect them. Where there is a wounded hurting soul we want to point them toward healing.  Where there is a lonely heart we want to encourage them. We want to touch the weak, the abused, the down trodden, the frightened and confused for Christ’s sake.

We want to reach out to those wounded by the vilest kinds of abuse. Where an individual’s ability to have a healthy, functioning life for themselves and their children has been diminished, we want to restore capacity and integrity. We want to help them set a life course that leaves welfare behind and allows a family to be stable and productive. We want to cut of the abuse syndrome at it’s roots, pre-empting as well as doing damage control, stopping the cycle, allowing it’s victims to go on to productive lives. Our mission is to bring InnerHealing to as many souls as possible. Our vision is to attend to every seeking soul.

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Except from chapter 3  "In the Spirit of things" from the book The Heart of A Warrior

< >fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them." {17} And Elisha prayed, and said, "LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see." Then the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha."

(2 Tim 1:7 KJV)  "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."

    There is a spirit of fear and it is very powerful in affecting our thinking.  It can be physically and emotionally debilitating.  Liberation is the key.  You probably will need to get prayer support and break its hold on your entire life.  God’s love cast out fear.  Remember, Little One, He is the Lord God Almighty, and He loves you and will hold onto you even when you cannot hold to Him.  He looks on the heart and He sees your struggle and will answer when you call upon him.

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(Prov 6:10-15 NKJV)  "A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to sleep; {11} so shall your poverty come on you like a prowler, and your need like an armed man. {12} A worthless person, a wicked man, Walks with a perverse mouth; {13} He winks with his eyes, He shuffles his feet, He points with his fingers; {14} Perversity is in his heart, He devises evil continually, He sows discord. {15} Therefore his calamity shall come suddenly; suddenly he shall be broken without remedy."

    There is nothing that any one can say to change an apathetic heart.  But God, (I really like that phrase) has ways to change the hearts of Kings!  Pray, pray, pray!

Lack of spiritual awareness

(Acts 17:29-31 NKJV)  "Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and man's devising. {30} "Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, {31} "because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead."

(Eph 4:18 NKJV)  "Having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart;"

    Ignorance is a lack of knowing.  Foolishness is refusing to learn.  And, in the immortal words of Forest Gump’s' mother, Stupid is as Stupid does!  We will assume you are in the first category.  Reading the word is the best thing you can do.

(Eph 5:26 KJV)  "That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,"

Laodacian thinking – Preservation of our lukewarm lifestyle

(Rev 3:14-18 NKJV)  ""And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, 'these things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: {15} "I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. {16} "So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, will I vomit you out of my mouth. {17} "Because you say, 'I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing'; and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked; {18} "I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see."

Why does God bless the ignorant, foolish and plain old stupid?  All I can think of is grace and mercy.  I have needed these many times, how about you?  There is a difference in these and what our Savior is referring to above.  It is easy to develop a comfort zone about the things of God.  If we are not stirred by the condition of those around us in this life, (in particular we need to be repulsed by our own carnal nature) we need to be refreshed,  revived and stirred.  God loves us so much that He will usually find a way to shake you out of your tree.  But if you won’t be shaken, just read again the preceding scriptures.  Then remember that it is a tool Satan uses when he does the thing he does best: steal, kill, and destroy.  If you are determined to keep that comfort zone you need to understand that you’re fiddling with the devil.

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(Rom 1:28-32 KJV)  "And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; {29} Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, {30} Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, {31} Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: {32} Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them."

    I can’t find any words to describe the horror that this brings to my mind.  To know holy things and then willingly turn away from them!  To sell your birthright for a bowl of soup!  To give up all eternal hope for the fleeting pleasures of this short life!  Paul said this life is like a vapor then it’s gone.  Jeremiah said it was a few days of sorrow.  To give up heaven and choose Hell is beyond my comprehension.

The Two-World Principle

That’s how Satan and his minions manage Gods own people.  Sometimes, we allow it.  Too often, we invite it.  Mostly, we are just lazy enough to let him do it until we wake up one beautiful September morning and find that the terrorists we have been ignoring for several years have grown confident enough to fly suicide planes in to the Pentagon and the World Trade Towers.
We now know that the President and the White House were targeted but someone was awake and on the ball enough to thwart those efforts.  These Kamikaze pilots have nothing to lose and everything to gain.  When are we going to wake up and realize the Devil is fish slapping our face and our life and family and finances and marriages and everything that is even indirectly linked to us?  And our brethren!
Look closely at the above list.  It isn’t even conclusive.  Can you think of areas where he is stealing and destroying people you know?  Maybe even those dear to you?  Or you yourself?
Once again:
(2 Cor 10:4-6 KJV)  "(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds ;) {5} 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; {6} and having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled."
ph 6:12 KJV)  "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."
Chapter 9        KNOW YOU BENEFACTOR
This chapter could be endless. We will never really grasp how great and wonderful and loving our God is in this lifetime. This is only a brief selection of one person’s thought about one who is inconceivable. If you want to know more about Him, read His book!
So we will take a targeted look at only a small part of the infinite God. We’ll look at some things that scripture tells us are part of the nature of God. A good book to read for this purpose of understanding the attributes of God, outside of the Bible itself, is “The Names of God”. A web search can locate used copies at a modest price.
First, God is love. Everything that He does in regard to us is motivated by His loving kindness and tender mercies. The Bible says they are new every morning. In his mighty love He has provided for our every need. His has a good plan for every life. He has prepared all we need to live in that plan.
Knowing we have an enemy who is focused on our destruction, God has brought about many weapons for our protection. Not only that, He has arranged various trials and tribulations to strengthen, perfect, establish and settle us. Our Heavenly Father does not want us to be over taken by this enemy so He matures us into strong warriors. Read 1 Peter 4 12 - 5:11.  This reveals the process of becoming a mighty warrior.
12 Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you;
This is no strange and unexpected event. When you make Jesus lord of your life, you begin the process of being conformed into His image. This happens by purification. Purification comes before power – always. The Word says we are purified by the furnace of affliction.
13 but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy
His glory was revealed at the cross, after He had suffered. His glory is revealed in us after we have endured some things.
14 If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.] On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified. 15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as a busybody in other people’s matters. 16 Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter.
If you are vexing your enemy (vexing the devil is a fun thought), he will make sure that you are reproached and troubled in life, the trick is to make sure you don’t deserve it. We are at a place in eternal time where there isn’t much left but the fight for souls. We are entering into the last days of the Bible. We are almost out of time.
17 For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18 Now “If the righteous one is scarcely saved, where will the ungodly and the sinner appear? 19 Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing well, as to a faithful Creator.
1 Peter 5: 6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time,
While there are many good Godly reasons that things happen, one of the most used is God-given trials and tribulations. Embrace these opportunities to grow and be strong against evil. Trust God to be faithful to His promise of love and care
7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
Why does God want you to be mature and strong?
9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.
We all go through stuff; there is a reason and a point. God never wastes anything.
10 But may the God of all grace,
He is the God of all grace and His grace is sufficient if you call upon it
 Who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you?
If He called you, He has a plan for that calling. In this instance, the word suffered is used to mean “allow”. The painful suffering is rare. Usually these trials merely trouble or vex our flesh or our carnal nature. Of course, for most of us, that is very painful.
 11 To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
This is the bottom-line; He will be glorified and He will stand in dominion…forever. He has chosen us to do this with Him.
Basically there are three kinds of trials.
I brought it on myself – I need to grow up and get wise.
God brought it on – He wants me to grow up and get over myself
The devil did it – God wants me to grow up and learn how to keep the devil out of my business.
The length and depth of any given trial depends on how we learn to overcome. If I learn the first time to stop bringing it on myself, I won’t have to go through it again. If I am slow to learn what God is trying to show me, such as faith to tithe when I’m broke, I will continue in that test until I get it. If the devil is stealing my heath or afflicting me otherwise, I have to learn to shut the door against him.
I have to first know that the difficulties in my life are not because God has forgotten me, that He doesn’t have concern for me, or is punishing me. He cares with a depth of love that we cannot comprehend. If you are struggling with any part of this, you will have to keep working on it until you get the revelation. If you doubt the abilities or motives of God you cannot really be dedicated to His cause. The “Cause of Christ” is the redemption of the lost…the Harvest. We are His army and He uses us to accomplish this out of motives of love. This is a pivotal principle in successful warfare. This is part of our personal preparation as a warrior.
Let’s look at God’s opinion of evil. God is militant against evil; God has never been a passive force in any universe.  He has always been about moving and shaking.  It is we who are passive and lukewarm.  It is we who demand a watered down gospel that adjusts well to our chosen lifestyle.  The Word is filled with scriptures that tell us that God is still in the game as a powerful dynamic leader who conquers.  He is ready to command armies of spiritual beings as well as us. 
Every moment of every day in the heavenlies that surround us the battle is raging for souls and the kingdom of God.  We have to be willing to look there and even go there to engage the enemy of our souls.

Be sure to post your thoughts and questions on the blog. . Next week, more on why the devil gets away with tormenting us.
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