Every time I am in the kitchen and Bandit is home with me, I think about spiritual warfare. You see Bandit has been trained, not to step foot onto the linoleum. He is supposed to stay in the dining area where the carpet is. That way when I am cooking, I don’t need to worry about stumbling over him. The food is protected from his hungry jaws, and big white teeth. But do you think he stays put as I pull out the food. He smells it, and he seeks it out, and he will eat it up if he gets the slightest opportunity! I speak the lines to him, from one of my favorite movies, Brother Where Art Thou? In a whisper, “…Do not seek the treasure!” Then in a louder whisper, “…Do not seek the treasure!” You know he won’t stay within the boundaries…he is going to seek the treasure…and he will seek the treasure every time!
He will step over the line, watching me closely all the way. If I am not paying attention, he will be sidled up against my leg, with his nose reaching the counter. He IS a big dog. Then I say, “Bandit! You get out of my kitchen!” He backs up a step, keeping his eye on that food. I take a step toward him, “Bandit get out of here!” He backs up mostly on the carpet, with front feet hanging over. Can he get away with it? No way! “I said out!!!” He backs all the way out, turns a couple of circles, and lays down. He will wait a long while and try to tip toe back in. “Out…” I say in a calm voice. He must be made to follow the boundaries that I have set. And it is up to me to enforce that. There have been times when the Holy Spirit has said to me, “I want you to show more authority with your most vicious enemy Satan, than you do with your dog!” “I hear you Lord! And I am going to do that!”
That’s how it is with our enemy Satan! He’s a big dog, and we have given him boundaries backed up by the blood of Jesus. We don’t want to stumble over him, and we want God’s protection. God has given you authority to bind him, and you have the right, to command that he leave your life alone–because you have been saved by the blood of Jesus! God reminds me over and over, to address the enemy when he comes in with those fiery arrows flying at us.
Our address should go something like this, “I bind every spirit that is not, the Holy Spirit. I command you to leave in the name of Jesus. This is my life and it’s off-limits! Devil you get out of my life, in Jesus name!!” He backs up a step, and he’s waiting to see if you mean it. Child of God, you take your Bible and you pull out the Word of God. You tell him what the Word of God says, and then you say it so he knows you mean it, “Enemy, you get out of here! I am praying the blood of Jesus over my life, and my family, and all that I own. It belongs to the Lord, and you can’t have it.” He backs out most of the way, but he leaves his paws hanging over in your territory. Can he get away with it? No way! You make sure he’s paying attention, “I rebuke you Satan, by the blood of the Lamb, OUT!!!” He backs all the way out of your territory, and circles around only to find that you have prayed a hedge of protection around your children, and everything that is yours. After a long while, he tries to tip toe back into your life and you respond “Out in Jesus name!” Then you resist the enemy with confidence, because you are walking with God. You have found power in the Word of God. You are walking with The Spirit of God. And you are spending time in fellowship with the people of God. The devil flees!!! YES!!! That’s the way it’s supposed to be!
Scriptural References (NIV) :
Matthew 28:18-20 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
Luke 10:19 I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.
Colossians 2:9-11 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority.
James 4:7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Ephesians 1:18-23 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.