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God created man to have seven needs as human beings. They include the following:

1. Dignity
2. Authority
3. Blessing & Provision
4. Security
5. Purpose & Meaning
6. Freedom & Boundary
7. Intimate Love & Companionship

These needs are not listed categorically in Genesis 1 and 2, but are implied in many different ways as you read through these two chapters. It is important for us to realize God created mankind with these seven needs because unless we understand this we do not understand why we are tempted to meet our needs outside God’s design. This will help us understand how we lost control of the 7 mountains of culture. Understanding this foundation will help us understand how we are to receive from God in appropriate ways and how we are often motivated to receive by meeting our own needs outside God’s order.

We are all tempted to gain things in life outside the parameters of God’s intended plan. One of the primary strategies that Satan uses in our lives is to manipulate outcomes outside God’s intended plan. The Bible calls this a stronghold. “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled” (2 Cor 10:3-6).

Notice some key thoughts expressed in this very important passage.

  • Strongholds are a belief system that entices us to argue against the knowledge of God.
  • It is a thought or idea that is not rooted in God which motivates us to meet our own needs.
  • It is a form of disobedience to the ways of God.

When Jesus was baptized and fasted and prayed for forty days, Satan came to him and tried to convince Him to meet His needs outside God’s design and purposes. Satan tried to appeal to Jesus by actually misquoting scripture to Him. “Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.  And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry.  Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, ‘If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.’ But He answered and said, ‘It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’  Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, ‘If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: He shall give His angels charge over you' and, In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone'" (Matt 4:1-6).

Jesus was physically hungry. His need was for food. But Jesus knew that what God wanted Him to receive at that time was not physical food, but spiritual food. He refused to receive what He knew He was not to receive at that time. Satan tried to convince him to refocus His attention on His physical need, not His spiritual need. Satan was trying to change Jesus’ belief system and what to believe about meeting His needs.

A spiritual stronghold in our lives can develop when we begin to focus on meeting a need in our lives outside God’s intended way. It happens in a myriad of ways:

  • A wife desires to feel better about herself by going out and meeting that emotional need through a shopping spree at the mall.
  • A business owner uses manipulation and control to motivate his employees to greater performance because of his fear of failure rather than seeking God for strategy on how to be successful.
  • A man has an overwhelming need for sex so he visits pornographic websites rather than developing intimacy with his God and his wife that can meet his emotional and physical needs.
  • A teenage boy gets involved in drugs to mask the emotional pain of rejection from a father or mother.
  • A teenage girl has a baby out of wedlock because she is longing for the love of her father but instead seeks love in the wrong places.
  • A business owner commits fraud in a business because the pressures to succeed at all costs outweigh the integrity of his soul.

The stories are countless that provide examples of how human beings seek to meet needs outside God the Father’s intended plan. Many times the underlying motivations in our hearts are often tainted by life experiences not rooted in God. The unresolved pain in our lives due to emotional wounds we received when we were young can tempt us to meet our needs apart from God because we believe God has been holding out on us. This is a plan of the enemy – to make us believe a lie about the nature of our Heavenly Father. Recognizing that this spiritual battle exists will help us better understand how to take our needs to our Heavenly Father who truly desires to meet our every need.

Today, evaluate the seven needs you have in your own life and determine if you are seeking to meet those seven needs through your Heavenly Father or you are seeking to meet them through a spiritual stronghold in your life.


Suggested Reading:

My dear friends Mike and Sue Dowgiewicz have written a wonderful book entitled Demolishing Strongholds. This book was instrumental in my spiritual journey to reveal how I tried to meet needs in my life. It provides a vital foundational truth to have a biblical understanding of what motivates us to receive things outside God’s intended purpose.  Visit

and search Demolishing Strongholds. This book will help anyone identify and remove strongholds in their lives.

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