[ The Epiphany Season continues to the Passover Season on the Christian Calendar ].
The Manifestation of the CHRIST Child to the Gentiles
or, Wise Men Seek HIM+
The LORD vs the Strongman
There is no contest, of course: The LORD always wins. HE+ didn’t come to earth to lose! Bless GOD… FATHER, SON+, and HOLY SPIRIT!
HE+ grants us victory also, in HIS+ name and by HIS+ Blood, through HIS+ blessed HOLY SPIRIT, under the authority of HIS+ HOLY HEAVENLY FATHER.
But to have this authority, we must clean up our own hearts first: just how badly do we want to have Spiritual victories in prayer? It will certainly cost US something. It will cost us our lust of the eyes, our lust of the flesh, and our pride of life. It will cost us the fleshly comforts of delicacies. We will have to lay down our pet ways of pampering our flesh. In short, we will have to build spiritual muscle. We will have to pump that iron, least we be like the sons of Sceva.
But if I cast out devils by the SPIRIT of GOD,
then the Kingdom of GOD is come unto you.
Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house,
and spoil his goods,
EXCEPT HE FIRST BIND THE STRONG MAN?
and then he will spoil his house.
He that is not with ME+ is against ME+;
and he that gathereth not with ME+
Our FIRST step in this prayer against the strongman is to BIND him. This is not a mysterious statement. Even the common robber knows that he cannot plunder a house unless he ties up its owner!
What we Christians must see is that the strongman has squatter’s rights: he has claimed his kingdom in that victim. For many, the strongman has been invited in by family spirits, by ignoring the Word of the LORD, by refusing HIS+ invitation, by the lusts of the eye, flesh, and pride OF LIFE. So indeed, his victim’s flesh does agree with the strongman rather than with The LORD!
Thus, we Christians must BIND the owner of the house FIRST. We have the authority to do this in CHRIST.
After that, we must
name the strongman and
personally address him.
Remember: he has squatter’s rights and he is not going anywhere without a fight. He likes to camouflage himself, too, as an “angel of light,” as something good and needed for the well-being of his victim. He is a master of lies and a master of illusion.
Now, let us go forth and be about Our MASTER’S Business!
Gird Thy+ sword upon Thy+ thigh,
O Most Mighty+,
with Thy+ glory and
In the name of The FATHER, His Victorious SON+, Our LORD JESUS CHRIST, and His Blessed HOLY SPIRIT.