The fourth step of the hunters' strategy is to "locate the stronghold". Recall the story of David in pursuit of the Amelekites in 1 Sam 30. He had an Egyptian servant lead him to the stronghold where his wives were held captive. Similarly, we need to discover "where" the dropout believer is—not physically, but in what spiritual stronghold the devil has held him captive. That is, to identify/discern the false belief(s) that the dropout believer has accepted and identifies with, which therefore dictates his behaviors.
First, we must recognize that the mind is where the battle is being waged with the enemy (2 Cor. 10:3-5). What are the strongholds that are holding the believer captive? Five typical spiritual strongholds that many believers have to struggle with are represented in Joshua 10; these are the rulers who resisted the Israelites in entering the promised land. These correspond today to five demonic strongholds:
- Spirit of antichrist (unbelief)
- Spirit of divination (manipulation)
- Spirit of pride
- Lying spirit
- Spirit of idolatry
These rulers of darkness must be dealt with spiritually in our prayers for the dropout so that the dropout believer can overcome their influence. How that can be accomplished will be covered in the coming weeks.
Consider the two or three people in your sphere of influence who are dropout believers, whom the Lord has shown you to engage with. Ask the Lord to reveal the stronghold(s) in their lives based on their behaviors. For more depth on this, read Hunters of the Harvest, chapter 11.
Louis Posthauer is the executive director of Hunters of the Harvest Ministry. He has been actively involved in the local church for more than 37 years and currently serves as a lay leader and teacher at Living Word Church of the Nazarene in Houston. For more information, visit huntersoftheharvest.org.
Get Spirit-filled content delivered right to your inbox! Click here to subscribe to our newsletter.
Help Charisma stay strong for years to come as we report on life in the Spirit. Become an integral part of Charisma’s work by joining Charisma Media Partners. Click here to keep us strong!
Dr. Mark Rutland's
National Institute of Christian Leadership (NICL)
The NICL is one of the top leadership training programs in the U.S. taught by Dr. Mark Rutland. If you're the type of leader that likes to have total control over every aspect of your ministry and your future success, the NICL is right for you!
FREE NICL MINI-COURSE - Enroll for 3-hours of training from Dr. Rutland's full leadership course. Experience the NICL and decide if this training is right for you and your team.Do you feel stuck? Do you feel like you’re not growing? Do you need help from an expert in leadership? There is no other leadership training like the NICL. Gain the leadership skills and confidence you need to lead your church, business or ministry. Get ready to accomplish all of your God-given dreams. CLICK HERE for NICL training dates and details.
The NICL Online is an option for any leader with time or schedule constraints. It's also for leaders who want to expedite their training to receive advanced standing for Master Level credit hours. Work through Dr. Rutland's full training from the comfort of your home or ministry at your pace. Learn more about NICL Online. Learn more about NICL Online.