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Destroying Strongholds

Destroying Strongholds depicts a warrior – unafraid – coming against a stronghold of the enemy.

  • 2 Corinthians 10:4 (ESV) For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.

Our warrior knows his true strength comes from the Lord. As Psalm 93:4 says, “Mightier than the thunders of many waters, mightier than the waves of the sea, the Lord on high is mighty!” So he fights donning his full armor (Ephesians 6:10-18) and is victorious!

This is a series of Prophetic Nuggets from “Daily Downloads from Heaven” by Meghan Williams that are connected by scripture / theme. It is a series of 10 Prophetic Nuggets based on the Armor of God.

The first Prophetic Nugget is called “Right Perspective.”

Ephesians 6:10-11 (VOICE) Finally, brothers and sisters, draw your strength and might from God.  Put on the full armor of God to protect yourselves from the devil and his evil schemes.

Draw from Me, beloved. I AM your strength. I AM your might. I AM power and authority. You are not alone out in a storm. I AM with you, beside you. So command the storm to be still beloved in My name, and whether the external or internal landscape changes, strength and peace are yours.

Gird up your loins. Without hiding My word in your heart you are defenseless, beloved. So eat it as those it were the choicest of meats bringing you strength and stamina because it does and it will. Know Me. Encourage yourself in the faith by seeing Me more and more for who I AM. Magnify Me in your own eyes so you might realize the enemy is no match for Me. As you know Me, you will be able to quiet your soul against the taunts of the enemy because you will know – TRULY know – that I AM greater. I AM.

The second Prophetic Nugget is called “Equip Yourself.”

Ephesians 6:13 (AMP) Therefore, put on the complete armor of God, so that you will be able to [successfully] resist and stand your ground in the evil day [of danger]…

Beloved, being dressed for battle does not ensure it will come, it simply ensures you’re ready and equipped if (and when) it does. Yes, I protect you, cover you, and fight for you, but you must also be prepared to fight for yourself. Beloved, you still choose what thoughts you entertain and what things you welcome into your space, so you must choose wisely. And when the enemy comes, stand and resist. Then we can stand together – united – working toward a common cause.

When the enemy lies, recognize it for what it is and reject that lie. When he tempts you to compromise, see the slippery slope for what it is and stand fast. Be alert for his ploys and thwart them at every turn. The more you know the truth – My word – the easier it is to see his evil manipulations. Equip yourself, beloved, and be prepared, but know I AM with you always.

The third Prophetic Nugget is called “I AM the Way Maker.”

Ephesians 6:13 (AMP) …and having done everything [that the crisis demands], to stand firm [in your place, fully prepared, immovable, victorious].

Beloved, there are moments to fight, but there are moments where all that is left to do is stand fast. You’ve prepared, you’re equipped, you’re positioned – it’s time to simply be immovable and leave the rest to Me. Knowing you have all of heaven behind you – the hosts ready and willing to fight on your behalf – be steadfast.

This is the test of faith. To stand at the Red Sea with an enemy bearing down on you, and to trust the One who is trustworthy to make a way where there seems to be no way. I AM the way maker. I part the seas. Stand in faith allowing your stance to declare your confidence in your God – in Me. I will not let you down. I will meet you in that place for I AM faithful and I bring victory in My mighty hand.

The fourth Prophetic Nugget is called “Secured in Truth.”

Ephesians 6:14 (AMP) So stand firm and hold your ground, having tightened the wide band of truth (personal integrity, moral courage) around your waist…

Beloved, My word is truth. Just as you cannot decide to wear “part” of a belt, it is fruitless to choose which parts of My word you will obey while discarding parts you don’t like, want, or understand. It leaves you defenseless. Choose ALL of Me. ALL of My word. My Holy Spirit will guide you in walking out that choice, but you must be the one to choose.

Everything hinges on this choice. Just as all other pieces of the armor connect to and rely on the belt, so every part of your life and walk hinges on your choice to secure yourself in truth. It is a central, foundational, core choice. Will you choose Me – My word – without exception or compromise? And if you already have, will you be steadfast in walking that choice out? For this choice takes courage and dauntlessness of heart. Choose wisely, beloved. Arm yourself well.

The fifth Prophetic Nugget is called “Walk Uprightly.”

Ephesians 6:14 (AMP) So stand firm and hold your ground…having put on the breastplate of righteousness (an upright heart),

Beloved, it matters not if everyone around you compromises their integrity, you know the level to which you are called. Walk in it. Without apology or hesitation. Not because you know I AM with you and see your actions, but because you refuse to lower yourself or compromise your integrity.

Walk in uprightness. Setting the example for those around you. You won’t need to say a word, rather lead by example. Show them that walking with Me makes you different, not in a self-righteous way, but rather one of quiet humility, compassion, and righteousness.

For I AM strengthening you. What you’re called to is not impossible. And in the moments it is difficult, know that it is growing the fruit of the Spirit within you. You can do it. I AM with you and I strengthen you. Do not give the enemy a toehold. But in the moments you fall short, quickly repent and right yourself. Uprightness protects your heart, beloved, and your heart is most precious to Me. Guard it well.

The sixth Prophetic Nugget is called “Win Them Without a Word.”

Ephesians 6:13a, 15 (AMP) Therefore, put on the complete armor of God…  and having strapped on your feet the gospel of peace in preparation [to face the enemy with firm-footed stability and the readiness produced by the good news].

Beloved, share My word. Speak My truth. Speak it in actions birthed from obedience and love. More are watching you than you realize, so never forget Who you host and let the light, joy, peace, and love of My Spirit pour out from within you. Snatch others from the grip of the enemy with My strong love.

For it is a gospel of peace; that peace that surpasses all understanding that is your inheritance. Cultivate it. Cherish it. Refuse to allow the enemy to steal it. Let it surround you so as you step close to others, they feel it and want it for themselves. You will win them without a word, beloved, simply through the peace and love in your presence that come from Me.

The seventh Prophetic Nugget is called “Put Your Confidence in Me.”

Ephesians 6:16 (AMP) Above all, lift up the [protective] shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

Beloved, faith is complete confidence in Me. Confidence that I AM who I say I AM. Confidence I’ll do what I’ve said I’ll do. Confidence that I AM. Put your trust in Me for I AM faithful. I AM reliable. I AM trustworthy. I will not let you down. Rest in Me.

Let your faith be unshakable. Let no circumstance or situation give you pause to wonder about Me. I AM always at work and always working on for the good. Let your faith in Me be unshakable. Just as Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego said to Nebuchadnezzar, “our God is able to rescue us…but even if He doesn’t we will serve no other.” Their faith in Me and My plans was steadfast. In the same way beloved, let your faith surpass your ability to understand what I am doing and simply trust. I AM worthy of your faith for I AM El Aman, the Faithful God.

Daniel 3:16-18 (VOICE) Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego: Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to defend our actions in this matter. We are ready for the test. If you throw us into the blazing furnace, then the God we serve is able to rescue us from a furnace of blazing fire and release us from your power, Your Majesty. But even if He does not, O king, you can be sure that we still will not serve your gods and we will not worship the golden statue you erected.

The eighth Prophetic Nugget is called “Boldly Evident.”

Ephesians 6:13, 17 (AMP) Therefore, put on the complete armor of God, so that you will be able to [successfully] resist and stand your ground in the evil day [of danger]…And take the helmet of salvation…

Beloved, you have the mind of Christ. Refuse to allow the enemy to set up camp in your thought life. He may pester and poke, but only you can grant him access. So send him packing. Take the thought bombs he lobs at you captive. Refuse to take the bait.

Worry is not from Me. Fear is not from Me. Lust is not from Me. Greed is not from Me. Beloved, you know Me. Filter your thoughts through My word and My heart and you will clearly know which ideas originate from above and which come from below. Think on that which is good and perfect and true, assume positive intent, and walk in integrity of character that the joy of your salvation might be boldly evident for all to see.

The ninth Prophetic Nugget is called “Tune in to My Voice and Hold Fast to My Truth.”

Ephesians 6:17 (AMP) And take the helmet of salvation…

Beloved, the enemy is a liar and the father of lies. His desire is to debilitate you with fear and doubt and unbelief. Do not listen to him. Remember who you are to Me. Remember what I have called you to. Remind yourself of My promises and My truth. I AM love and I love you with an everlasting love that can never change, do not let the enemy tell you differently.

Do not concern yourself with the fact that you hear his whispers – of course you do, he is working at all times towards your demise – but rather focus your efforts and energies on Me and My promises that his whispers would be of no avail. Force them into a position of powerlessness by being so secure in My truth that you are unshakable.

This, beloved, is your helmet of salvation. Your mind protected from his onslaught, his thought bombs diffused by My truth. Hold fast and do not waver in your trust in Me and knowledge of the truth. Close your ears to his lies and tune in to My voice as you hold what I have said dear in your heart. I AM truth.

2 Corinthians 10:5 (VOICE) We are demolishing arguments and ideas, every high-and-mighty philosophy that pits itself against the knowledge of the one true God. We are taking prisoners of every thought, every emotion, and subduing them into obedience to the Anointed One.

The tenth Prophetic Nugget is called “Build Your Arsenal.”

Ephesians 6:17 (AMP) And take…the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.

Beloved, if you would wield the sword of My Spirit, you must know My word. There are so many things that clamor for your attention as My word waits – unchanging and available – for you to feast. Choose to make the time. Choose to know Me – My heart, My ways, My instructions for you – for they are to protect you and bring you blessing and goodness in your life – My word is worth knowing.

The more of My word that is hidden in your heart, the stronger and more prepared you are to do battle against the enemy of your soul when he brings his onslaught. He comes to steal, kill, and destroy. I come to give you strength. The enemy will often twist My word, and just as when My Son was tempted in the wilderness and He refuted those lies with Truth – with the Word, so you must be equipped to do the same.

For it is not a question of IF the enemy will lie and twist truths, it is a matter of WHEN. Do not be found defenseless and weak, but rather prepare. Just as a lawyer spends time building his knowledgebase so he can make the arguments in court to win the day, likewise spend the time every day to build your arsenal and your strength. Again beloved, My word is worth knowing – I AM worth knowing.

A prophetic download from Jessica Smith of Jessica Smith Art is connected to this. It’s called “There’s Strength in the Command.”

This is a word the Holy Spirit whispered in my ear one morning as I was waking up. His words came to life as they were played out in a vision.

The Holy Spirit said to me, “THERE’S STRENGTH IN THE COMMAND! WHEN YOU GIVE THE COMMAND IT THEN BECOMES A SPEAR THAT YOU THROW AT THE ENEMY!”

I saw spears so thick and tall and fatal being hurled with incredible accuracy and deathly speed at the spiritual enemies of our souls!

This is the reality of the declarations and commands of faith in the mighty name of Jesus! There is strength in our verbal commands against the devil in the authority of Jesus. More than we realize.

Don’t become discouraged or hopeless when your rebukes, declarations and commands don’t seem to be working. They are. Sometimes a demonic giant is so big it takes many spears to bring it down. Dig your heels in and hurl those verbal spears at the enemy. Renounce him. Rebuke him. Command him to leave.

Declare who Jesus is and what His blood accomplished for you on the cross. Command the enemy out of your marriage, away from your children, out of your body, out of your house. Name the bondages and fiercely rebuke them. Command life to your sick body. Command hope to your depressed soul. Command peace in the midst of chaos. And so forth. You are a warrior and your weaponry is mighty in the tearing down of strongholds.

2 Corinthians 10:4 (AMP) The weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood]. Our weapons are divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.

A prophetic download from Annette Fleenor is connected to this. It’s called “Burn like Holy Fire.”

That burning inside you is of Me.  I placed that flame inside you and the wind of the Holy Spirit fans it. Giving it strength when needed. The strength to stand up for injustice, to fight for one another. We are at war!  The things of this world and the things of Heaven.  The enemy would rather you be quiet and let your fire die down to tiny embers. I stoke the fires, I resurrect the dead things.

You are passionate and I created you to be this way.  Don’t apologize. Just press in when the flames ignite. Go into your intercession chambers, pick up the sword (My Word), and stand to do battle.  You may never know what your prayers do in that moment. Things unseen are taking place. My Word does not return void, it pierces the darkness. The best battles are the ones that are won as you get on your knees and pray.  Come to me with every and any problem. I am the Way maker.

At times you feel strong and courageous, ready to take on any obstacle. Stand and be there for one another. Then there are those moments you can’t seem to have the energy to stand for yourself let alone for anyone else. In those moments, you can be assured that I’ve called out the reserves. I will stand for you.  I am your Shield!

I call others to rally at your side. As Elisha’s servant, you may not have the vision to see how many are for you in that moment, but be assured I am for you, my Child.  I see all things, and I fight for you!  I am a protective Father.  I will not leave you.  I am working behind the scenes to bring all things to good.  Gather your strength in Me.

Remind yourself of who I am, my character.  Know who you are in Me.  Keep your fire ready, don’t let the pilot light go out. Build yourself up with My words. Prayer and intercession cause the flames to flicker and rise continually. How does a flame work? It rises upward to keep going, so rise upward and stay in the flow.  Be close to the Source, for you ignite and burn hotter if the Source is near.

2 Kings 6:15-17 (NKJV) And when the servant of the man of God arose early and went out, there was an army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots. And his servant said to him, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed, and said, “ Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the Lord  opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

Psalm 24:8 (CJB) Who is he, this glorious king? Adonai, strong and mighty, Adonai , mighty in battle.

Isaiah 41:10 (CJB) Don’t be afraid, for I am with you; don’t be distressed, for I am your God. I give you strength, I give you help, I support you with my victorious right hand.

Jeremiah 1:19 (CJB) They will fight against you, but they will not overcome you, for I am with you,” says Adonai, “to rescue you.”

The silk overlaying the whole image is called Mighty Warrior. The colors in it are turquoise representing warfare, royal blue representing the word of God, and gray representing strengthened faith.

I pray that you would put on the full armor of God and fearlessly do battle against the enemy’s strongholds knowing that in the Lord your victory is assured.

NOTE: The word was expanded November 2022

3 Comments

  1. Christine Pearce

    Wow! Totally inspiring–makes me want to dig my heels in, stand tall and go to war!!! Pretty cool timing for me to see this since I was just praying about confronting and destroying our enemy from one of John Eckhardt’s books!!!

  2. Connie Gibson

    So so beautiful!!!

  3. Zebulon

    Yep, that’s cool. If it were me, though, I’d be standing there with a giant warhammer and a huge axe when I go into spiritual warfare mode. In warfare terms I’d call the axe “Ol’ Painless” to represent those quick, harsh, and powerful rebukes against dark forces. And the warhammer…that’s what comes out when the war is on an intercessory front and the devil needs a good pummeling. The enemy named it “Please God Make Him Use The Axe Instead!!!”

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