Many believers live in perpetual defeat due to believing the lies of the enemy until those lies become mental strongholds.
John 10:10 clearly states that the plans of the devil are to hinder, discourage and bring forth harm and destructions to us. But the good news is that we have a weapon far greater than the forces of evil, the sword, Word of God (2 Corinthians 10:4).
So brothers and sisters, no matter what mental stronghold you are facing, God has equipped you with the divine power to tear down any unwanted thoughts that bombard you. Be assured and believe in God’s promises that he will never leave you or forsake you.
So whether you currently feel depressed, hopeless or find yourself mostly wallowing in lustful thoughts, there is a way out for you – just believe it.
The solution to overcoming the lies of the enemy is to fill your mind with God’s word until there no room for the devils lies to enter your mind. Make it a goal to completely saturate and believe every single word in the Bible. Anytime the enemy attempts to whisper evil thoughts in your mind, counteract it with the Word of God.
Below we have compiled a list of bible verses worth meditating and memorising to overcome satanic mental attacks.
Print out the verses and start reading aloud the scriptures with boldness.
40 Bible verses for mind deliverance
1. “No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; And every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn.” – Isaiah 54:17 (NASB)
2. “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” – James 4:7 (NIV)
3. “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” – 1 John 4:4 (NIV)
4. “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. – 2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV)
5. “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” – 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
6. “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” – Philippians 4:8 (NIV)
7. “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” – 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NIV)
8. “I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.” – Psalm 34:4 (NIV)
9. “(The devil) He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” – John 8:44
10. “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” – Luke 10:19-20 (NIV)
11. “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.” – Romans 12:2 (NIV)
12. “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” – John 10:10 (NI V)
13. “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” – Romans 10:17 (KJV)
14. “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” – Romans 8:31 (NIV)
15. “These are the people who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit. But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.” – Jude 1:19 – 21
16. “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all–how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?
17. “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” – Matthew 17:20
18. “The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.” – Psalm 34:17 (NIV)
19. “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” – Galatians 5:1 (NIV)
20. “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all–how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” – Romans 8:32 (NIV)
21. “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” – Proverbs 4:23 (NIV)
22. “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” – John 8:36 (NIV)
23. “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust. Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart…” – Psalm 91:1-4 (NIV)
24. “This is what the LORD says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.” – 2 Chronicles 20:15 (NIV)
25. “Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” – Psalm 55:22 (NIV)
26. “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” – Romans 12:12 (NIV)
27. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (NIV)
28. “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” – Galatians 5:1 (NIV)
29. “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” – Mark 11:24 (NIV)
30. “The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” – 2 Timothy 4:18 (NIV)
31. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)
32. “For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.” – Romans 6:14 (NIV)
33. “Call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.” – Psalm 50:15 (NIV)
34. “For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” – Colossians 1:13-14 (NIV)
35. “Do not be afraid of them; the LORD your God himself will fight for you.” – Deuteronomy 3:22 (NIV)
36. “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” – Hebrews 4:16 (NIV)
37. “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.” – Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)
38. “ Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” – Ephesians 6:10-12 (NIV)
39. “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” – Ephesians 6:13 (NIV)
40. “In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.” – Ephesians 6:16
41. “How you have fallen from heaven, morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations! You said in your heart, “I will ascend to the heavens; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of Mount Zaphon. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High. But you are brought down to the realm of the dead, to the depths of the pit.” – Isaiah 14:12-15 (NIV)
If I was to title this article differently, I would title it THE TRUTH VS. THE LIE
Paul, in response to those Christians relying on the outward appearance of Paul, rather than God’s power working in Paul, gives us a lesson on how to pull down strongholds (Lies) in our spiritual warfare, in all that exalts itself against the knowledge of God in our lives.
Paul states the problem, those things said about Paul: 2Co 10:10 For his letters, say they, are weighty and powerful; but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible.
Paul reassures them that his deeds will be just as weighty and powerful as his words, and explains why:
2Co 10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds)
2Co 10:5 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;
Root Word (Etymology)
Stronghold: From a remote derivative of ἔχω (G2192) (meaning to fortify, through the idea of holding safely)
1) a castle, stronghold, fortress, fastness
2) anything on which one relies
a) of the arguments and reasonings by which a disputant endeavors to fortify his opinion and defend it against his opponent
The Apostle Paul instructs us about “strongholds” in the Book of Second Corinthians. Our Christian walk and warfare is always spiritual, and our weapons are never of a carnal nature but through the mighty power of God, in pulling down strongholds by putting on the mind of Christ, or casting down imaginations / and knowledge that contradicts God’s Truth and power, and bringing every thought captive to the obedience of His Son Christ, Jesus.
Vincent’s Word Studies expounds a little bit on the terms regarding our thought life – bringing into captivity / and obedience to Christ for a better understanding of the text:
Bringing into captivity – Or leading away captive. The military metaphor is continued; the leading away of the captives after the storming of the stronghold. See on captives, Luk 4:18. The campaign against the Cilician pirates resulted in the reduction of a hundred and twenty strongholds and the capture of more than ten thousand prisoners.
The stronghold is discovered and conquered, and the thoughts that can keep us captive, or in bondage, are renewed with Truth that sets us free, for we also can be kept captive to strongholds in our own thinking patterns given to us via the world, flesh (including the sins of others put upon us), and the devil, which exalts itself against the knowledge of God, then we can find ourselves in strongholds of bondage.
To the obedience of Christ – In pursuance of the metaphor. The obedience is the new stronghold into which the captives (our thoughts) are led. This is indicated by the prepositions εἰς into or unto.
It stands to reason that life’s conditioning, teachings, philosophies, experiences, reliance on the carnal, deep rooted fears that are learned, or strong negative feelings such as anger, hate, unforgiveness, low self esteem, identity problems, arrogance or improper defense mechanisms, stubbornness, victimization, etc., can hold a person hostage in strongholds of misery, depression, dissension, loneliness, anxiety, escapism, excessive grief, etc. Strongholds that oppose the knowledge of God keeps one captive, or in bondage, which can affect an area of one’s life or perhaps many areas.
Long standing situations or personal dispositions can open the door to oppression by evil spirits, and many times unbeknown to the individual, as these entities can hide within the personality, and know that they maintain their power through deception, or keeping the person unaware of their presence.
I would like to share an example, an experience I had a long time ago, but not forgotten.
The Lord had just answered a prayer of mine in a phenomenal way that I was filled with so much joy, and went to sleep that night feeling loved and full of peace. During the night, I woke up feeling angry at God, as if it was second nature to me, and I caught myself and thought “wait a minute, the Lord blessed me so much, and I am so thankful to Him, so where is this anger coming from? I am not angry with Him!” Like many people, there are issues in life that we don’t understand and to some degree we may blame the Lord, but repress that anger because its unacceptable to be angry at God, and learn this from a very young age. But, that night it was clear, I became acutely aware that this was a devil spirit attacking my mind, and while I was asleep (imagine that). I rebuked the spirit of anger and immediately the negative feelings disappeared, and I knew I uncovered the deception or a hiding place of this entity, and how it must have nurtured my anger throughout the years. I always loved and believed the Lord more than I was ever angry with him, and to me, it seemed a normal reaction to things I couldn’t know or understand, but what I discovered that night really surprised me. That devil spirit wanted to steal my joy and faith, and apparently was not willing to give up his little stronghold embedded in what I thought was just a normal part of my human experience.
The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy! (Jn. 10:10)
In Psalm 91 it says,
V2 – I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and “my fortress:” my God; in him will I trust
fortress – “stronghold”
We need to take the time to reflect on our thinking patterns, especially in those areas where we feel the most lost. I don’t believe in extremes and a balanced walk is vital, but I also know that for the walking Christian, the enemy is hiding in the trenches, no doubt.
A list of common strongholds will be posted soon – God Bless!
*Blue Letter Bible. “Dictionary and Word Search – Strong’s & Thayer’s Gk dictionaries.
Paul F. Davis
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