Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Identifying the strong man---Part 2

                                                                It's time to put the enemy
                                                                under your feet!

                      Image courtesy of http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/2e/Stomp.j

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.(Matt 12:29) 

              In our last study, we saw how Jesus used this principle in dealing with the madman of Gadara ( Luke 8:30) He identified the strong man and cast him out. The result was deliverance and the Lord was magnified! The same applies for your city. In Revelation 2:12-16, the Lord spoke to the church of Pergamos. Pergamos was a city with problems. Crime was high, but so was idolatry. We see here how the Lord identified the 3 strong men---

  • Satan--Pergamos was so corrupt that Satan himself was controlling that area.(verse 13) 
  • Balam spirit---Perversion had penetrated that church in the form  of mixture and spiritual fornication. The church had departed from sound doctrine.
  • Nicolatianes spirit--It was a form of control. A church should not force its people to serve God or their man-made doctrines.      
 God had warned the church on these 3 main strongmen. The key to victory was repentance. You can bind all day long the principalities, as well as the power of the enemy and get nowhere without repentance. If the church is not walking in repentance, then its all in vain. Years ago, in my city, we had a high crime rate. The churches got together and addressed the problem in their community. One night in prayer, a brother identified the murder spirit as Python. After that, the crime rate dropped and the church impacted the city for a season.  So, don't give up on your city. Pray for your church. Pray that God will examine hearts and then you will see God move in your community. God bless.
Bible verses courtesy of www.biblegateway.com

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