I have been thinking a lot about the binding and loosing verse lately. The adversary should not be able to get in so easily and keep us bound if the strong man in the story is Jesus. Of course, he is able to get us back into the bondage of sin or enslave us to keep the law instead of receive our daily grace.
I used to bind all the time. I was trying to bind everything I could. I spent a lot of time focused on what the enemy was up to in my life and not enough on the finished work of Christ. I was always reeling from one attack to another and stayed fatigued from battle. My armor was too heavy. I was wearing Saul’s instead of going out in the name of the Lord, I was a believer from the New Testament, and Jesus broke curses, rent the veil of the temple, as His own flesh, seated me in a heavenly place.
He is the Lord of Hosts, A Mighty Warrior, Commander in Chief of the angelic legions, whom He could call at a moment’s notice. So why I am I in a life and death struggle. It is true that death and life were spoken prophetically. I thought I was choosing life, but I was bound by attack after attack.
We as believers want that enemy bound on earth as he is in heaven. He no longer has the right to approach God with accusations. Jesus’ blood is there. So where does he go? It is to attack the believer’s conscience with condemnation, criticism, lies, fears, and torments. And he will come with sickness, disease and lack, deception. Oh, he wants us to think he has power, but he met his match and was defeated on a cross. Be sure he never knew he would be so decimated.
While the devil is no match for Jesus, he sure tries to upset our lives. But Jesus told us about binding and loosing. And while we should do it, especially when praying for others, it doesn’t have to be our focus. If we keep our minds on the enemy, they are not on Jesus, and He alone is worthy of first place in our lives.
Only recently had I ever heard a prayer that bound the devil and loosed the spirits, demons or minions, from their assignment. In another attempt to copy God, he sends out these things after believers. No, there aren’t demons behind every rock, there is a fallen world full of things to run into, but there are many things in the life of a believer that are specific attacks, so they will surrender the authority Jesus gave them. You don’t have to.
To be a warrior of grace, that fights with strong faithful prayers that are worded in line with agreement to His promises we must be born again, spirit filled and walking in the fruit of the Spirit and spiritual gifts. The Holy Spirit will teach you. Be well versed on what you pray for. get into agreement with other believers. We want Jesus to be the strong man for us.
Many people who try to cast out the devil will fail, remember the story of those who were beaten up. We all probably have in some way, spiritually or financially, chronic illness. I want you to look at the man who ran among the tombs. No man could bind him. So obviously they had tried, then along comes Jesus, and the demon speaks, a legion of demons were in the man, the madman as we know him. If I recall, a legion is the thousands. The fact he remained in a place of death, proved that he was full of dead things or dead spirits. But somewhere in that tormented soul I believe Jesus heard a faint cry for help and sailed through the demonic storm to help. Even the disciples were afraid, but Jesus was asleep.
After saving the disciples, He arrived in a place where the surrounding cities were steeped in the occult. And there is the mad man, Jesus merely has to tell the demons to go, and you know the pigs drown. The man is in his right mind. No man could bind him or keep him from cutting himself, but Jesus had the authority.
And that is the authority He gives us and wants us to use in His name. The Holy Spirit gives us power, it is not really us anyway, except by Him and through Him. God even asked Job if he could hook the devil. Again, Old Testament, but true. We would not be a match without that wonder working power of the blood and a perfect Lord, who guides you. You don’t have to chase the devil, if you are a belever, you are a target because you have something to offer, he wants to get you away from Jesus but he can’t,
Let me pray with you today. Father, in Jesus name above all names. We want the strongman in our lives to be Jesus, and the strongholds of the enemy to be broken. We ask forgiveness if we opened a door to him, help us to know what to shut off or to avoid. I declare and decree that the devil is bound on earth as he is in heaven and we cancel the assignments against us. We want to see chains of bondage fall from believers and angels to lead away the demonic attackers bringing them. Send them where you would have them go, never to return. We also cancel the devil’s retaliations, however great or small. We want the accuser of the brethren silenced. And we give you praise.
No man may be able to bind Him, but by obedience to your Word, he is, we plead the blood of Jesus, recieve your healing, mercy and grace and give you praise. Rebecca Jones