Breaking the Strongholds of Egypt and Canaan in Your Heart

by John and Ruth Greene

bible-light-2You aren’t a disciple of the Messiah or a believer in Elohim [‘God’] because of your own virtue. Each man and woman is the product of a sinful rebellious world even though this can be hard to admit when personal pride gets in the way. Many people want to believe that they are good, even creating their own theology to prove it. The truth is often closer to this: YHWH’s people are brought to His Truth because they are the least of all peoples.

“For you are a set-apart people to YHWH your Elohim. YHWH your Elohim has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a treasured possession above all the peoples on the face of the earth. YHWH did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more numerous than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples, but because of YHWH loving you, and because of Him guarding the oath which He swore to your fathers, YHWH has brought you out with a strong hand, and redeemed you from the house of bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh sovereign of Mitsrayim [Egypt].” – Deuteronomy 7:6-7, ISR98

To the eyes of the world, the nation of Israel was no different than any other except that they had an ‘unusual’ Leader beyond the king. YHWH made them a chosen people. Why were they chosen by Him? It all boils down to the trust of Abraham, the original father of faith. Deuteronomy Chapter 7 is a surprising type of the spiritual warfare that all of Elohim’s people face. From the perspective of the Bible, a type is a model or symbol of something or someone that would exist at a future time: a prophetic device that can bring us to greater understanding. (“The “Supranational” Babylon“; “Living in an Apostate World“)

sumerian idolsWhen Israel entered the Promised Land, YHWH’s people were to make no covenant with the strongholds of the world, held by the pagan residents that had to be displaced. Why? The Most High warned that pagan strongholds would turn them aside from Him. (verses 2-5) They were to be His people, set apart to Him. In the same way, genuine disciples are not to make covenant with strongholds of the world. Sanctified disciples don’t put idols in front of YHWH or try to mix their trust. (verse 16) This is exactly why professed Christianity is in the same mess that the old nation of Israel was in. They didn’t obey while pretending to presume upon YHWH’s love. They even built their own trust apart from Him, a counterfeit of the real thing. (“Strongholds & the Armor of YHWH“; “The Idolatry Factor“; “Video: What is Idolatry?“; “The Antichrist & the War on Reality“; “Building a Counterfeit Kingdom“)

“Because of this, know that YAHWEH your Elohim, He is Elohim, the faithful El, keeping the covenant and mercy to those who love Him, and to those who keep His commandments, to a thousand generations…” – Deuteronomy 7:9, HRB

truth-seekerThe Most High is loyal and wants His people to be loyal. How does He know that we love Him? He is easily able to see the heart of each disciple. He also observes how each disciple obeys Him through scripture and Yahshua [Jesus] the Word, and how each works with the Holy Spirit [Sanctified, Set Apart Spirit]. This is how the power of the Holy Spirit begins to remove the strongholds of the old man and cleanse the influence of the dark kingdom. (Acts 1:24; Hebrews 4:13; 1 Samuel 16:7; Jeremiah 17:10)

“…and repaying to his face those that hate Him, to destroy him; He will not delay, He will repay him who hates Him, to his face.” – Deuteronomy 7:10, HRB

Those that hate YHWH, Elohim of Hosts will not fare quite as well in the long run. (Matthew 7:13-14) Those in dark kingdom are slated to be destroyed eternally and separated from Him forever, symbolized by the Lake of Fire. (Revelation 20) Clearly, He doesn’t enjoy vengeance and seeks to give each person every opportunity. Still, YHWH isn’t afraid to speak and act on His vengeance either. He levels with anyone that is willing to read scripture or to listen to His truth. Two Kingdoms exist and you are member of either one or the other. (Deuteronomy 30:19) YHWH expects those that love Him to listen. Listening to Him is evidence of love, just as He listens to you in prayer and looks after your needs. (verse 11) He wants to be close to you, to bless you and to prosper you in every way, which depends on how you walk in life. (verses 12-14; “Wisdom & the Battle of Two Kingdoms“; “Disciple of Messiah: Wavering Between Two Opinions“)

twokingdomsperspHow often are we distracted by the idea of self-preservation, allowing our senses to be dulled? The dark kingdom says that you must be self-sufficient. Yes, you must acquire more goods and whatever else is important to the world. This desensitizes you to YHWH as you focus on good times or the desire for them during difficulty. We become thankless and worried. (Deuteronomy 6:10-12) Elohim of Hosts provided for His nation of people in a large way with flourishing cities, good things, fresh water and plenty of food. They forgot YHWH, adopting the slavery of Egypt into a new slavery to their own idols. (Deuteronomy 6:13-18) They demanded the trappings of material prosperity. (Deuteronomy 6:24) Are people today any different by nature when they substitute self for Him? (“Deceptions of Ages: How People are Deceived“; “Filling Your Life with Truth Instead of Deception“; “Breaking the Strongholds of Egypt and Canaan in Your Heart“)

Multitudes of Christians have made themselves as the world is, without hope and living as infidels while demanding a heavenly reward. YHWH has made promises to His people, but most rely on themselves while making themselves wealthy without apology. They may even build networks that parade YHWH’s Word, but incorporate the world while creating a new gospel. In reality, they do little or nothing for Him. Personally, they lose in a big way, a poor witness in the eyes of YHWH, while looking shiny and prosperous on the outside. They sit in golden chairs, as if this brings them closer to Him. Mammon is their god. Everybody seems to want their own piece of the vanity. (“The Struggle for Purity of Heart“; “Do You Live a Lifestyle of Greed?“; “Beware of False Teachers & Disciples“)

“And YAHWEH shall turn aside every sickness from you; and He will not put on you any of the evil diseases of Egypt, which you have known, but He will put them on all who hate you.” – Deuteronomy 7:15, HRB

baptism of trust - Holy SpiritIn the same way, Elohim wants to help you remove the strongholds of Egypt and Canaan from your life. You don’t do this by listening to the ways of man, by behaving badly or refusing to root out the leaven, the corruption of the old man. YHWH wants you to seek being a new man in Messiah by allowing the Holy Spirit to change and cleanse you. This can remove sickness, disease and cleanse old attitudes of the world that seek to reside in your heart and mind. The Holy Spirit seeks to break old patterns and to replace them with new ones from Elohim. (“Holy Spirit 101“; “Listening to the Holy Spirit“; “What Is Washing By The Word?“; “The Need to Keep Spiritually Clean“)

In days of old, people thought of themselves as nations (or tribes) and that is how YHWH approached His people, as a nation. We all know how that fared. It isn’t that YHWH didn’t anticipate the lack of appreciation by the nation of Israel, but as a proof to each of us that choose to listen through His Word. YHWH claimed a land for them and gave the old nation commands to conquer Canaan. He was with them. All they needed to do was to listen and act. The problem was that most of the nation didn’t prove to be YHWH’s people in their hearts or in their actions. They were full of the slavery of Egypt and unwilling to listen to Him. They were full of themselves and what they thought they wanted. As a result, they were ill equipped to break the strongholds of the residents in the new land that they were to possess. (verse 1) The nation Israel was to possess was full of pagan peoples that didn’t claim to listen to the Elohim of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. (“The Road to Enslavement“; “Freedom in an Enslaved World“)

salvation from the stormDisciples aren’t commanded to rule the world through a nation or operate like other nations. We aren’t commanded to kill in wars in order to make room for YHWH’s Kingdom. Since Yahshua [Jesus] the Messiah came on the scene, nations no longer hold the same importance to disciples. YHWH is working through those that are willing to listen and believe. Then, as now, salvation is dependent on obedience, our willingness to listen and act. This is known as Elohim’s ‘grace,’ the time that each person has in his or her life to make a decision for or against obedience to YHWH. Without His grace, all would be lost. Without belief and the evidence of belief, all is lost. Salvation is not as a nation or any people group, but through individual relationship through Yahshua [Jesus] as the Messiah and the Holy Spirit. (“Foundation of Salvation“; “Redeemed Through Obedience & Faith“; “YHWH’s People Walk by Faith and Obedience to His Word“)

YHWH seeks to prepare the land of your heart, but He depends on you to trust Him. As YHWH walked with Israel, He walks with you and operates through you…or He doesn’t depending on your trust. (“Refining Your Heart“)

fear left eyefear right eyeJust as Israel was commanded not to be afraid, disciples are commanded not to be afraid, but instead, to cultivate a sound mind.

“For YAHWEH did not give a spirit of cowardice to us, but of power and of love and of good discipline.” – 2 Timothy 1:7, HRB

The world is full of fear. The dark kingdom resists the truth of the Word of the Most High, which irritates them like hornets. As for sanctified disciples of Messiah, there is no need to fear because He is with us! (verses 17-21) Through the Holy Spirit, He will help you remove the strongholds of the dark kingdom from your heart. How are strongholds removed from your heart? (“Opposing Fear“; “Overcoming Fear during Tough Times“; “The Struggle of Kingdoms Involves You“)

“And YHWH your Elohim shall drive out those nations before you, little by little. You are not allowed to destroy them at once, lest the beasts of the field become too numerous for you. But YHWH your Elohim shall deliver them over to you and destroy them with a great destruction until they are consumed. And He shall give their sovereigns into your hand, and you shall destroy their name from under the heavens. No one is going to be able to stand against you until you have destroyed them. The carved images of their mighty ones you are to burn with fire. Do not covet the silver or gold that is on them, nor take it for yourselves, lest you be snared by it, for it is an abomination to YHWH your Elohim. And do not bring an abomination into your house, lest you be accursed like it. Utterly loathe it and utterly hate it, for it is accursed. ” – Deuteronomy 7:22-26, ISR98

strongholdStrongholds are removed from your mind and heart by degrees with your cooperation and obedience. The dark kingdom is driven out little by little because spiritual warfare, like real warfare, is ongoing. When YHWH and His Spirit abide in you and you in Them, you will have success in defeating the enemy. The king or tap root of strongholds will be delivered, removed from your heart and mind. The wiles of Satan and the dark kingdom cannot stand under the power of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit! The idols of the past will be burned from your life. You will be cleansed from seeking after mammon and will not be ensnared. You will not entertain abominations of the dark kingdom! You will not dirty your faith because you trust YHWH. You believe the Words of Scripture and the Testimony of Yahshua [Jesus]. You believe in the power of the Holy Spirit to cleanse and operate in you! You refuse to bring the filth of the dark kingdom into your life because that filth is accursed and harmful to the purity of your relationship in Messiah. The filth of the world is the abomination that causes desolation in your ‘tabernacle,’ not only to your belief – your  trust in YHWH and what He says, but to your opportunity for everlasting life. (“Mind Filters“; “Renewing Your Mind“; “Spiritual Fruit & Renewing Your Mind“; “Filling Your Life with Truth Instead of Deception“)

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“For YHWH so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
John 3:16, RNKJV
Heavenly Father,
Thank you for sending the Messiah, your only begotten Son to be my Savior. I believe in Him and have made this belief the center of my life. Because of this, by faith I have everlasting life! Thank you! I repent of my sins and of my past, freely admitting that I have fallen short of Your glory. I look fully forward to you in my life and commit my life to You. Thank You YHWH, my Heavenly Father for setting me free in the name of your Son Yahshua [Jesus]. Amen.
genuine-articleYou will never enjoy true freedom through the Messiah and power of the Holy Spirit unless you read and absorb the Bible in prayer and trust. You will never know this freedom until you experience it for yourself. Get to know your Heavenly Father, His Son and allow the Holy Spirit to work in your life. The Holy Spirit is your teacher, your Holy Counselor that lives in you to help you learn about the truth of YHWH and His spiritual gifts.
Satan does not want you to have the excellence of YHWH in your life. People pray for protection and want to be taken care of, but often do little in growing close to Him. The world, your husband, your wife, your family, your government do not build your trust in YHWH or free you from spiritual bondage. Your church or your pastor cannot save you. Education, power and money will not free you, but only the Word of your Heavenly Father. Salvation is a daily walk, an act of love for yourself and for those around you, not a one-time event that centers only on you. Make the Word of YHWH your own, your very life!
YHWH is Yahweh, the covenant name of your Heavenly Father.
The names Yahshua and Yahushua are original language names for Jesus,
He is often referred simply as the Messiah or Master.
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