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June 4, 2017, 6:47 AM



(Strongholds are demonic patterns of thinking)

It is only through the death of self that one can be totally free from demonic influence.


It seems most people are all wrapped up and absorbed by their own problems, circumstances, ambitions and feelings.  Their entire being is only concerned with self.  Therefore, they disregard the first and greatest commandment: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind."  This is the first and greatest commandment  (Matt. 22:37).  In addition, they ignore the second greatest commandment; "Love your neighbor as yourself" (Matt. 22:39).


I believe the devil has a master plan to capture all mankind.  It is imprisonment of self!  Concern with oneself is the devil's chief ally and man's number one enemy. Why?  Because self keeps the believer from becoming a true disciple of Christ.  Jesus declared Himself:  "whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple" (Luke 14:33).


Self, whether it is self-pity, self-indulgence, self-pleasure, self-anything, will hinder our living up to our potential. But, if we become all that we can be in Christ, we become a powerful influence for God's kingdom.


Every demonic problem (influence, stronghold, or infestation) entails a problem with self. The person wounded with rejection becomes conscience of "self" because of self hurts. Lust is self-gratification and self-indulgence; rebellion is self- rule; fear is self concern; resentment is self-vindication; witchcraft is self-advantage; pride is self-exaltation.


Many Bible hero's initially had self-problems, and only after this was remedied were they useful to God.  Moses was bound by inferiority. Gideon also felt inadequate.  David yielded to self-indulgence and committed adultery. And the list goes on. But once they were delivered from self they were used greatly by God.


Revelation 12:11 says; "They overcame him (Satan) by the blood of the Lamb, and the word of their testimony; and they did not love their own lives unto death."

This verse gives us three spiritual weapons. 1. What the blood has done for  us; 2. Our testimony of Jesus Christ and who He is and 3. The death of self : "they did not love their lives to the death."


The key to this is: Every demon either pulls down or puffs up "self."  When self gets the attention God is no longer central in your life.


"Anyone who does not take his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it." (Matt 10:38-39)



Dr. James Fent
Christian Speaker & Author