Free from the Stronghold of Violence
by Christian writer, Pola Muzyka
Violence is a demon that lives in the life of a person with a lack of [Holy Spirit] self control. It can manifest as an emotional response to a trigger or [hot-button] and may cause verbal abuse without reason.
In the case of family violence, disturbing childhood memories that haven’t been addressed can become hot-buttons after a marriage. A stronghold sets in that will not be reversed except by the blood of Jesus Christ. If left unchecked violence may turn physical.
Even after receiving Christ the violence may continue until the demons joined to it are stamped out and trampled to the ground. Like abuse, and with abuse, this demon blinds the host [using a spirit of denial] into thinking it’s gone. In this case, it can lay dormant for many years. until stress or a hot-button prompts it to act.
As with many other strongholds of this type, all the issues [demonic strongholds] must be addressed and dealt with. If this stronghold is not removed it will augment and, like the cartoon character, Hulk, it may become dangerous.
This demon loves company and can be passed around throughout families, friends, and other groups. It is territorial and may leave its host when the environment changes. Make no mistake, it will return when the host returns to the environment, or a similar environment, if it has not been replaced by Holy Spirit fruits in the host’s life.
Territorial demons do not like to travel outside of its domain for long periods of time. For example: The demons of legion that were cast out by Jesus wanted to remain nearby. That’s why many people in the same areas seem to have the same or similar strongholds as it grows stronger.
To avoid leaving its territory, violence will prompt the host to summon the victims in. Be aware that there is a spirit of victimization as well. This spirit can be blinded by denial.
If we recognize that we act differently when we come to certain areas this is a sign that we are dealing with territorial spirits.
Jesus casting out legion.
5 Biblical tips to end the Stronghold of Violence:
1. Recognize this demon in your life or the life of someone you love. Denial and enabling will not rid you of it. *Territorial demons do exist. But they have no rights in the life of a true believer in Christ.
Mark 5:8-10 For Jesus was commanding, Come out of the man, you unclean spirit! 9And He asked him, What is your name? He replied, My name is Legion, for we are many.10And he kept begging Him urgently not to send them [himself and the other demons] away *out of that region.
Mark 5:15 And they came to Jesus and looked intently and searchingly at the man who had been a demoniac, sitting there, clothed and in his right mind, [the same man] who had had the legion [of demons]; and they were seized with alarm and struck with fear.
2. Face the stronghold and deal with it whether you are the host or the victim. No more denial or illusion. Ask God to remove denial from you and [you] take authority over the strongholds that are oppressing you.
John 3:20-21 Everyone who makes a practice of doing evil, addicted to denial and illusion, hates God-light and won’t come near it, fearing a painful exposure. But anyone working and living in truth and reality welcomes God-light so the work can be seen for the God-work it is.”
2 Timothy 1:7 For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.
3. Once removed, never allow the demon to return. Repent and receive forgiveness. Forgive others quickly.
Luke 10:16-19 He who hears and heeds you [disciples] hears and heeds Me; and he who slights and rejects you slights and rejects Me; and he who slights and rejects Me slights and rejects Him who sent Me. 17The seventy returned with joy, saying, Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name!18And He said to them, I saw Satan falling like a lightning [flash] from heaven. 19Behold! I have given you authority and power to trample upon serpents and scorpions, and [physical and mental strength and ability] over all the power that the enemy [possesses]; and nothing shall in any way harm you.
Acts 2:38 And Peter answered them, Repent (change your views and purpose to accept the will of God in your inner selves instead of rejecting it) and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of and release from your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Matthew 6:15 But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.
4. Replace the stronghold with love. Listen to and obey what God says about violence.
Titus 2:2 Urge the older men to be temperate, venerable (serious), sensible, self-controlled, and sound in the faith, in the love, and in the steadfastness and patience [of Christ].
1 John 4:8 He who does not love has not become acquainted with God [does not and never did know Him], for God is love.
Hebrews 12:7 You must submit to and endure [correction] for discipline; God is dealing with you as with sons. For what son is there whom his father does not [thus] train and correct and discipline?
5. Move closer to God by allowing love to do its perfect work in you. Never allow arguments or gossip to fester in your thoughts.
Philippians 1:6 And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you.
2 Corinthians 10:5 [Inasmuch as we] refute arguments and theories and reasonings and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God; and we lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).