"Binding" Satan

“Binding” Satan

“Binding” Satan

 It’s a good day that the Lord has made so we must rejoice and be glad in it. Father God in obedience to your word, I ask that you guide my thoughts to deliver only what will edify your people so all glory will go to you and remain yours in Jesus Name, Amen.

“Satan I bind you” is something that you probably have said or still say in prayers in trying to stop any of Satan’s onslaught.  I used to pray that way too. I mean, after all I’ve heard many great men of God pray that way. But how come I couldn’t find an example in the scriptures? Not with Jesus, not with Paul who wrote about two thirds of the New Testament. But these men must know what they are talking about. I thought that way until the Lord opened my eyes to see where we have missed it all these years.

I found out there are only 3 verses in the whole Bible that this practice is erroneously based on. I say “erroneously” because none of them really have anything to do with “binding Satan” as it is used in these prayers. Now let’s look at the 3 verses:

 

Matthew 12:29 “Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.” (Same as in Mark 3:27)

Matthew 16:19 “And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

Mt 18:18 “Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

 

The problem had always been THE CONTEXT; verses are ALWAYS taken OUT OF CONTEXT. It’s like taking a fish out of water. The resultant effect is death, the fish dies. When a scripture is taken out of context, it simply “dies” loosing its original meaning.

The meaning of Matthew 12:29 is pretty simple. If we back up a bit and take it from verse 22, getting to have the whole context in view. Jesus healed a demon possessed person then the Pharisees accused Him of casting out demons by Satan’s power. They actually told Jesus He was in league with Satan! Jesus refuted this by saying that He was casting out demons by the Spirit of God.

Verse 29 is an illustration Jesus used to show that He was actually superior to Satan, and Satan was a defeated enemy. The “strong man” in this illustration is Satan, his goods are his demons. By entering Satan’s domain (house), and casting out demons (his goods), Jesus is showing His power over Satan.

A parallel verse in Luke 11:21-22 might make this a little clear: “When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace: But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils.”

While it is a fact that Jesus has defeated Satan, the Bible clearly tells us that Satan is NOT bound, nor can he be at this time, he is as free as free can be. The Bible says Satan is the “…god and prince of this world…” 2 Corinthians 4:4. How can a prince be bound when he is being who he is supposed to be?

“Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.” John 12:31. Not bound but cast out, that tells you he is still around.

“Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.” John 14:30. “Cometh” tells you he is still mobile

and “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” 1 Peter 5:8. Same here, He “walketh about”

The truth is, Satan will remain free until the 1000 year reign of Christ, when an angel (Not a Man) will bind him and throw him into the bottomless pit

“And I saw an angel (Not a Man) come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.” Revelation 20:1-3.

At the end of the 1000 years, Satan will be set free for a time, before he meets his final, eternal fate in the lake of fire (Revelation 20:7-10).

 

Now let’s look at the scripture verses and The Context in which they were spoken, the scriptures that seem to “authorize” this power to bind and lose. (Matthew 16:19) This was based on the confession of Peter concerning the person of the Christ as the son of God.  The “binding and loosing” in this verse is referring to Jesus giving both Peter and the other disciples the authority to forbid (bind) or permit (loose) certain matters, practices, or behaviour, based on what God has already bound or loosed in Heaven.

Same thing in Matthew 18:18. In this context, a brother had refused to behave like one after several emissaries had gone to him to forgive a matter. In this instance, if we look at the context surrounding the verse, we can see that the “binding and loosing” is referring to God granting the disciples the authority to make decisions in matters of church discipline. So the Lord says to treat such a one like an infidel. Whatever the elders decided on earth here will be held up in heaven. “Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.” John 20:23

Just like it’s stated in Matthew 6:10. “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.”

This authority is expressed in two different ways in these verses. In Matthew 16:19, Jesus is speaking to Peter specifically, saying he would be given the keys to the kingdom of heaven. In this instance, I believe that the keys given to Peter were to “build God’s Church” Matthew 16:18 by proclaiming the Gospel to 3 different groups of people:

First the Jews Acts 2:14

Second the Samaritans Acts 8:14-25

Third the Gentiles Acts 10:44-48

Through Peter’s proclamation of the Gospel to each of these groups, the door to the kingdom of Heaven was opened to them. As Christians today, we can also proclaim the same Gospel to others, and “loose” or open the door to the kingdom of Heaven, or our message can be rejected, and therefore the person is “bound.”

In Matthew 18:18, the disciples were given the ability to bind and loose in a different area. God has given the Church today the same authority to “bind and loose” in the area of discipline within the body of believers. When the Church, as a body, prays, uses God’s word to guide it, and is in accordance with God’s will, that decision is ratified in Heaven.

Hopefully with that out of the way, let’s now consider these questions:

1          Many people are “binding” Satan and his demons in prayer. Who is setting them free?

2          If God is binding them, does that mean He can’t keep them “bound?” Or is the “binding” only temporary?

3          Are people to blame for them getting loose (i.e. not enough faith)?

4          Is this why demonic strongholds remain a problem for so many people after they are “bound” in prayer?                        If so, does this mean our actions can override God’s ability to “bind” Satan and his demons?

5          Where does the Bible show any of this?

For those “binding” Satan, keep in mind he is not omnipresent, so he definitely can’t be “bound” by so many people all over the world at the same time.

“But I’m a ‘deliverance minister’ and we bind and loose the devils in ministering to people” you might say. I do not doubt you at all. All I am saying is simple. I cannot find that practice in the scriptures given to us as the Bible. It is simply not there.

Is there any scripture recorded that Jesus “bound” Satan or a demon? I can tell you authoritatively that there is no recorded case of Paul or any of the Apostles binding a demon. Demons or devils were cast out, but never bound. People were set free from bondages Satan held on them, but Satan was never “bound” from their lives.

The apostles faced imprisonment, torture, flogging, and death continually. Why didn’t they just “bind” the demonic activity in the people and regions they traveled instead of facing these attacks?

There are ministries travelling around the world today, going into countries and cities and doing spiritual warfare, binding demonic activity in those areas. Are those cities now free from demonic attack? There are instances and scriptures in the Bible about how we need to protect ourselves against Satanic attack. Why so? Why don’t we just “bind” Satan and his demons and move on?

 

Ephesians 6:11 Tells us to “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” Why do we need armour for protection when we can just “bind” him?

The only instruction Christians are given about how to confront the spiritual forces of darkness is found in the book of Ephesians 6:10-18 ”Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.  Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints”

In the scripture above notice YOU are the one to “take on” the equipment of war just by faith in the simple word of God.

Now check out the following scriptures

James 4:7 says, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” Why not just “bind” him, and then you won’t have to resist him?

1 Peter 5:8-9 says we need to be alert, vigilant, and resist the devil, because he walks around seeking people to devour. Why be alert and vigilant, just “bind” him, then he can’t devour you.

 

The truth is, if you are in Christ, you already have power over Satan. Christ has destroyed the works of the devil (1 John 3:8). He has triumphed over him (Colossians 2:15) and defeated Satan (Ephesians 4:8).

We can overcome Satan and his demons through faith in the name of JESUS; the Bible never teaches us that we can “bind” demonic forces. Satan and his demons cannot be, nor will they be “bound,” until a future time when God decides, He will keep His promise.

“And I saw an angel (Not a man an Angel) come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.” Revelation 20:1-3

Until that time, let us heed the warnings of the Bible to put on the full armour of God to fight the attacks that inevitably will come to each of us.

In conclusion: You can cast out the DEVIL and his demons that is scriptural, it is the authority the Bible gave us.

But you CANNOT BIND the devil or his demons. We do not have any scriptural authority for that, Amen.

 

 

 

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