Thursday, June 2, 2011

"Binding" Satan Versus Walking in the Spirit

Do some of us exalt Satan through fear? I mean to say, do some fear Satan and give him power that he never has had? I tell you the truth, there is no need to bind, rebuke, or actively resist Satan! Luke 10:19 plainly tells us that He has given us power to tread over the enemy, when we compare this to Galatians 5:16 which tells us that if we walk in the Spirit we will not carry out the desires of the flesh. Resisting the devil is an outcome of walking in the Spirit, we do not have to actively resist Satan but it is a byproduct of the Spirit led life!

Listen to me brothers and sisters; our spiritual warfare is not a wild battle but a march led by the Almighty. I know it is popular and sensational to imagine this intense scene of spiritual warfare but it is just not so, we do not spiritually fight with Satan but if we are led by God we march and he is tread under our feet.

The fastest way to give the evil one a foothold is to give him more power than he has. When we give him too much power we begin to fear then overcome that fear with superstition that is clearly not Biblical. It is futile to “bind” Satan or to rebuke him, true resistance is found in Galatians 5:16-17 “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.”

If you desire to be (assuming that you are a Christian and not a false convert) holy, delivered, cleansed, or set free understand this essential truth of Christianity: YOU ALREADY ARE!  We are regenerated by the blood of the Lamb; now march for we are already victorious. March in the Spirit that sanctifies us; understand that regeneration (becoming a new creation) is a miracle that is instant, but sanctification (growing and becoming more and more holy) is a lifelong process.

Holiness comes from walking in the Spirit not binding Satan, there is nothing greater than God.  Trust in Him and look towards Him, do not let the sensational and fanciful false teachings about Satan and spiritual warfare detract from His Glory!  

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