So that there’s no confusion, misbelief, disbelief, and unbelief are three different strongholds. The stronghold of misbelief comes to us in disguise. Misbelief is a belief that is distorted by naive assumptions.
Misbelief confuses us and causes us to assume to believe correctly. However, one word taken out of the Word or God and/or changed into another word can and will cause a stronghold to set in that may take over our lives for years. We have a tendency to want to believe the best of even the most evil situations.
This stronghold of misbelief can manifest in any number of ways, but is largely the result of following false teachers, deceptive and controlling persons or doctrines, cults usually led or begun by one person (rebellious primary host), teachings outside of the word of God from any source, teachings that do not take God’s word into account, teachings that do not focus on Jesus Christ as the head, and our willingness to submit to whatever comes our way without researching or considering the source.
1. Beware of false doctrine. If it explains the bible deviating from the word it is not from God. The Holy Spirit teaches us.
1 Corinthians 3:17 If anyone does hurt to God’s temple or corrupts it [with false doctrines] or destroys it, God will do hurt to him and bring him to the corruption of death and destroy him. For the temple of God is holy (sacred to Him) and that [temple] you [the believing church and its individual believers] are.
2. Don’t choose to move forward just because it feels good. If it feels good it may not be from God. We have a tendency to be drawn to things that feel right at the time, but the consequences are astronomically destructive.
2 Corinthians 4:2 We have renounced disgraceful ways (secret thoughts, feelings, desires and underhandedness, the methods and arts that men hide through shame); we refuse to deal craftily (to practice trickery and cunning) or to adulterate or handle dishonestly the Word of God, but we state the truth openly (clearly and candidly). And so we commend ourselves in the sight and presence of God to every man’s conscience.
3. Make sure it lines up with the Word of God. The Word of God is the will of God.
John 1:1 In the beginning [before all time] was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God Himself.
Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
4. When in doubt, spend the time to do your research and ask God for clarification (of the truth).
2 Peter 1:19 So we regard the words of the prophets as confirmed beyond all doubt. You’re doing well by paying attention to their words. Continue to pay attention as you would to a light that shines in a dark place as you wait for day to come and the morning star to rise in your hearts.
5. Always submit to God. Being humble before God deletes the wrong programming that can lead to misbelief. Submission to GOD FIRST can prevent you from submitting to people or things that cause misbelief.
Daniel 10:12He told me, “Don’t be afraid, Daniel. God has heard everything that you said ever since the first day you decided to humble yourself in front of your God so that you could learn to understand things. I have come in response to your prayer.
Written by Christian author, Pola Muzyka.