Binding The Devil – Matthew 16

Matthew 16

The recent Presidential election has definitely brought to a head the many divisions our country suffers.  The climate today is filled with anger, hate, and violence.  Especially towards Christians and the core beliefs of the Church.  And such a climate is one that the devil revels in.  Everywhere you look you see the work of Satan.  And as he knows the return of Jesus is near, he is ramping up his attacks. 

In verse 16:23 when Jesus was foretelling His death to His disciples, Peter pulled Jesus aside saying it would never happen.  Jesus knew right away it was the work of the enemy saying, “Get behind Me, Satan!  You are a stumbling block to Me; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s.” The enemy is constantly at work.  He wants to infiltrate our minds, bodies, and spirits. He wants to see us weak, hurt, and hopeless. But the truth is, he has no power over us. He was defeated at the Cross by the work of our Savior, Jesus Christ.  We can claim victory in every battle because we have the power to bind him and stop him in his tracks.

We as believers are indwelt with the power of Jesus through the presence of the Holy Spirit. And as 1 John 4:4 tells us, “You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.” This means we have authority over Satan and all his demons. But how exactly do we bind the enemy by the power of the Holy Spirit?  Dr. Charles Stanley has some excellent teachings on the subject, and I wanted to share with you his wisdom.

1.  Claim the name of Jesus.  “The Bible tells us to pray in Jesus’ name.  Throughout the New Testament, the apostle’s healed and performed the works of the Lord in Jesus’ name. (Acts 3:6).  When you and I use the name of Jesus, we are doing what He called us to do; act with authority over the enemy by demonstrating who we are in Christ.”

2. Claim the blood of Jesus. “We dare not go into battle with Satan without the protection of the shed blood of Jesus Christ.  Through Scripture we learn that His blood is our protection and the basis of our redemption.  (Ex. 12; Matt. 26:28; Eph. 1:7; Heb. 9:11-28).  The blood of Christ’s sacrifice paid the price of sin and eternally broke the power of Satan over us.”

3.  Claim the Word of God.  “Jesus put an end to Satan’s words by quoting Scripture.  He confronted the enemy with the Word of God, and we must do the same thing.  Jesus spoke the truth of God’s Word, and it stopped Satan immediately.  Jesus didn’t argue with the devil or get into a battle of words.  God’s Word was enough to claim victory.”

As the battle rages around us, the power to defeat Satan is available to each of us.  We have the ability to deal with the enemy by the almighty, supernatural power of God.  Through that power we have the right to declare Satan bound, and can experience the freedom that comes with victory!

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