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Recover What The Enemy Has Stolen (2 of 2)
Series: Real Men
INTRODUCTION: The seven firsts that Jesus gives us, the believers, all people who follow the Lord and the written Word of God, are a measuring rod as to the quality of spiritual life we are experiencing. The seven first are kingdom priorities. They represent the bottom-line in kingdom obedience. If you seek to serve God with excellence, these seven first are not optional. We have covered "first seek the kingdom of God," and today we will study "first bind the strong man, recovering stolen goods." Every person in this room today will relate to this message because the enemy has and will continue to hinder in every way possible the spiritual progress and spiritual freedom of all believers. The enemy has many schemes. We are told in 2 Corinthians 2:11 "for we are not unaware of his schemes…" his schemes are plots and specific strategies to ruin your spiritual health. We are told by Jesus to "first" bind the strong man that we may recover all the goods he has stolen. What has the enemy stolen from you? What must you recover?
John 10:10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
2 Timothy 2:26 And that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.
1 Samuel 30:18-19 So David recovered all that the Amalekites had carried away, and David rescued his two wives. And nothing of theirs was lacking, either small or great, sons or daughters, spoil or anything which they had taken from them; David recovered all.
I. FIRST BIND THE STRONG MAN - RECOVERING STOLEN GOODS
A. MATTHEW 12:29
Or how can one enter a strong man's house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house.
1. Jesus underscored his argument of verse 28 with a parable. He compared Satan to the master of a house and the demon-possessed to household goods, articles without a will of their own. Based upon the common assumption that Satan is a powerful spirit and that spirits could only be cast out by stronger spirits, Jesus overcomes and defeats Satan.
2. The Greek word bind dese means "to bind, to tie, to forbid." In pagan minds, bind was used to describe the power exercised over someone by a sorcerer, god or spirit. Release from that spirit was called loosing.
Matthew 18:18 Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.
3. The Greek word for strong is ischuros or ischuron meaning "someone who is strong, powerful, mighty, able, forcible. A key aspect of ischuron is intensity, a violent wind or an army's force. The Old Testament word is used for a severe famine, bitter weeping or total defeat.
a. 1 Peter 5:8-9 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil wa ...
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