Breaking Strongholds of False Authority

by John Greene

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not fight according to the flesh. For the weapons we fight with are not fleshly but mighty in Elohim for overthrowing strongholds, overthrowing reasonings and every high matter that exalts itself against the knowledge of Elohim, taking captive every thought to make it obedient to the Messiah” – 2 Corinthians 10:3-5, ISR98

castle-watchtowerA stronghold is a well-fortified position, whether built by YHWH’s truth or a counterfeit bondage. A Christian must establish and continue personal trust through discernment. This is reality that is taught by the Bible and by listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit. Belief systems of all kinds are built on strongholds of the mind and heart. These strongholds are the force behind personal thoughts, attitudes and actions. During times of stress, personal strongholds that are otherwise hidden can be revealed. These are mindsets or mental filters that a person gives control over to, authorities that each person is servant to. (“Strongholds & the Armor of YHWH“; “Who Is The Stronghold of Your Life?“; “Breaking the Strongholds of Egypt and Canaan in Your Heart“)

institutional slaveryCounterfeit bondage consists of false belief and truth that is grounded in deception, even ‘distortions of truth‘ as an alternative to the truth of YHWH. Misplaced trust throughout all of mankind is a constant issue which endangers everyone. The illusion of ‘authority’ by certain ‘leaders’ can easily lead others down the wide road to destruction through a system of ‘false weights’, even patent dishonesty that most people have grown to accept as reasonable or logical. (Matthew 7:13-14, 20:25-28; Luke 16:10; Proverbs 11:1, 12:22, 19:5, 20:10) Many say that leaders have authority over Christians based on Romans 13 and Hebrews 13:17. Instead, the apostle admonished the Hebrews to remember those that had brought them the Word of YHWH, carefully considering their manner of life and trust in Elohim. These men were concerned for the souls of these Christians, not as rulers, but as watchmen or guides that tended to brothers and sisters in the body of the Messiah or cared for their needs. (hegeomai vs. archon) Remember that Yahshua [Jesus] the Messiah has all power and authority as Master over all. (Matthew 12:36, 20:25-28, 23:8-12, 28:18; Mark 9:35; Luke 6:46; John 10:16; Ephesians 1:22; 1 Corinthians 11:3; 1 Timothy 2:5; “Authority: The Real Meaning of Romans 13“; “The Idolatry Factor“; “Video: What is Idolatry?“; “The Wheels of Ezekiel“)

idolatry-nimrudInformation that is little more than thinly-disguised propaganda is often presented as factual, justifiable and scientific. In 2 Corinthians, the apostle is exposing beliefs, teachings and lifestyle that lead to acts of disobedience or rebellion to YHWH. These antichrist counterfeits would exalt themselves or seek to be exalted above the Most High YHWH. The counterfeit is portrayed as truth, but is in reality an act of idolatry. This idolatry is fed by pride, greed, lust and the desire for power and control. (Matthew 11:27) Each Christian must grow in understanding through the Father’s wisdom (discernment) by making every thought captive to Yahshua [Jesus] the Messiah through rightly divided scripture and the power of the Holy Spirit. Your awareness and continuing trust in YHWH’s track of righteousness keeps you from being yoked in agreement with a lifestyle or mindset that is in opposition to YHWH and the cause of the Messiah. In this way, your life is defended against false teaching and disobedience, which keeps each believer from being robbed of what YHWH seeks for His people. (John 3:35; Colossians 2:8, 10; Hebrews 1:2, 2:8; “Wisdom & the Battle of Two Kingdoms“; “Bible: Wisdom 101“; “Video – Wisdom of YHWH, Wisdom of Man“)

gods-armorYour spiritual weapons include prayer, fasting, self-examination, knowledge and use of scripture daily, combined with obedience to the Bible and the Holy Spirit, by living in trust and walking through Elohim’s love. (Matthew 4:1-4, 17:21; Romans 6:16, 12:1-2; Hebrews 11:1; 2 John 1:6) Genuine Christians must take personal thoughts captive with the help of the Holy Spirit, which brings you into obedience through the Messiah. In this way, the agreement you have with counterfeits or the old man of your past is broken and remains that way. Your submission to the Holy Spirit establishes a stronghold of your Father’s freedom in your life by putting down deception of the world [kosmos] that is under the power of Satan. (Romans 13:12; James 1:22-25; Galatians 5:16-17; 1 Corinthians 9:7; 2 Corinthians 6:7, 14-16; Jeremiah 1:10, 23:29; “The Secret Weapons of Christians“; “Holy Spirit 101“; “Mind Filters“; “Healing and Personal Trust“; “Abiding With YHWH in Quiet Places“)

“So you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to Elohim in Messiah Yahshua our Master. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, to obey it in its desires, neither present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to Elohim as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to Elohim.” – Romans 6:11-13, ISR98

“But we who are of the day should be sober, putting on the breastplate of belief and love, and as a helmet the expectation of deliverance. Because Elohim did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain deliverance through our Master Yahshua Messiah, who died for us, so that we, whether awake or asleep, should live together with Him.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:8-10, ISR98

AutumnLeaves-1Abiding, yes – living in the Holy Spirit is invigorating and nourishing. Like hiking in the scenic mountains or taking in natural scenery that only Almighty YHWH could create, the continual experience renews you with excitement for life, as well as looking to your Heavenly Father for the future. The Holy Spirit doesn’t enslave you to the idols and slaveries of man, but frees you to learn to live as the Most High designed you to live – nourished and nestled in His Love and Authority. When this is the case, you need no other. He is your Source, lovingly provisioned through the Messiah. Whether you sleep or wake, you can rest in Him with comfort and assurance. (“The Antichrist & the War on Reality“; “Listening to the Holy Spirit“; “Choosing to Serve YHWH, Not Man“; “Bible Prophecy: The Man of Lawlessness“)

More vital teaching about authority:

Which Shepherd Do You Believe?
Leadership & the Universal Authority of Messiah
The Role of Authority in Your Life
Disciples of Messiah & the Authority of Man
Disciple: The Bible & Higher Authority
Spiritual Authority & Satan’s Wheels of Destruction
Good Shepherd – Bad Shepherd
Consenting to Fables of Men
“For YAHWEH so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son,
that everyone believing into Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
John 3:16, HRB
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 righteousness. 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]. May it be as you have promised!
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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