The day of play is past…
What do you think about demons? Or do you think about them at all? Can you fathom an unseen, savage, malignant and powerful creature of an entirely different order whose sole aim is your moral and corporal destruction? Sound outlandish? And yet even a tertiary glimpse into life circumstance should be sufficient to demonstrate they exist. However we may feel, the Bible is not ambiguous about them. The purpose of this message is to facilitate understanding of the rules of engagement for Biblical intervention with the forces of evil. It is a demanding stretch along the Jesus Path.
Key Bible Verse
Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour…
1 peter 5:8
There is no productive work under the sun without a respectful and bountiful application to prayer; without connection to the Most High God. Most certainly it is a dreadful mistake to try standing firm against evil without the emollient of prayer. Speaking of demons, Jesus said “This kind come out only by prayer.” (Mark 9:29 ). The following five-point prayer framework is offered to assist your prayer content. I hope you find it helpful. But in any case – prayer must precede meaningful progress in your struggles against the unseen world.
- Get right
- Focus on Him
- Show appreciation
- Ask for yourself
- Ask for others
I offer the following three reminders to help you stand firm on Bible Ground during your interventions with the evil one and his crowd.
- Understand Spiritual Atrophy
- Remain Nameless
- Bind the Strong Man
(1) Understand Spiritual Atrophy means to refuse to neglect your spiritual health. We must recognize that like any muscle, our spirit needs regular exercise and attention. It’s when we forget this truth that we begin to weaken in both our resolve and capacity to fight temptation.
(2) Remain Nameless captures the idea that God revealed Himself to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob as: God Almighty – but not to Moses. To to Moses He gave the tetragrammaton – Yhwh. An unpronounceable Name (though people stuff in vowels to obtain “Yahweh”) The Good God offers us a lesson in both respect and humility by providing a Name He never intended for us to pronounce. Respect flourishes if we stop to consider His unpronounceable Name as a signal of His “other-ness.” He is so different from us, so powerful, perfect and unapproachable there is no Name to contain Him. And secondly, God’s unpronounceable Name creates an environment of humility as an unpronounceable name is thus a form of Namelessness. God sets the standard in laying aside all to become a servant to mankind. This is so unlike our typically self-indulgent point of view. Namelessness mean to be like Christ – living with a view to serve others instead of ourselves. This is the intrinsic baseline best suited to confront evil; we must be nameless and keep our eyes off ourselves.
(3) Binding the strong man is a specific set of instructions attending to the direct and active process by which the Lord God Himself will bind and render neutral the unholy angels who pester us. The part of the Key Bible Verse above which arrests my attention is this. Christ instructs us to bind the strong man before you proceed to plunder his house. Now since the strong man in Jesus’ reference is clearly the devil and his crowd – the question is quickly reduced to: what could the devil possibly have stored away in his house that Believers would want to plunder? I came up with a bunch quite quickly. The thing the devil has tucked away in his house and what we seek to get back are the things he has taken from you.
- Your self worth
- Your reputation
- Your resolve
- Your innocence
- Your capacities
- Your belief
- Your submission to God
- Your giftedness
- Your witness
We are instructed to bind the strong man so that we may get back those things of ours the devil has taken from us. Plunder is an active and sweeping term. We need to raid and get it all. However, the most important thing to remember is that the binding agent is the Lord Himself. We must let Him do the heavy-lifting. Our task is to stand firm and pronounce Truth. When faced with demonic influences and actions we must declare four citations of truth:
- Pronounce yourself a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ
- Pronounce that the devil was destroyed at Calvary
- Pronounce your status as a Child of the Most High God
- Pronounce your mission – that you are praying to the Lord God to bind and disable the presence, actions and intentions of the strong man – all through the power and authority of Jesus Christ
Be so kind as to watch the video to secure a better understanding of how these building blocks interrelate. We need to live and learn as if our very lives depend upon it