“13 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? 14 And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. 15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?” (Mat 16:13-15 KJV)
It does not matter what other people think of the Lord, it is what you think of Him. A person once told, that power to bind and loose was given only to Peter. Let’s check in the Bible. “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” (Matthew 18:18). Who is the “ye” – Peter? People sometimes take part of the Bible and become confused.
Binding and loosing was done by words. It is not a minor, it is a major operation. It is God given. Casting all cares upon the Lord has to do with loosing. We don’t go by feeling, but by the fact of the Word of God.
Apostle Daniel Rodes. Sermon. Audio. MP3.
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Truth, Light & Life Ministries.Pillar of Truth, Hamilton, Montana. August 27, 2010
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More about Binding and Loosing by Daniel Rodes:
Binding and Loosing through the Blood
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. (Matthew 16:19)
Until I made a study on Binding and Loosing, I didn’t realize how powerful this subject could be when used in connection with speaking the blood. Almost every verse in the Bible can be associated with binding and loosing. Some are more obvious than others. Jesus told the disciples to go into the city and they would find a colt tied. He said, “loose him and bring him to me” (Mark 11:2). Under the circumstances, Jesus could not use the colt until His disciples loosed him. Before Jesus raised Lazarus, He instructed those with Him: “take ye away the stone” (John 11:39). In other words, “Loose the stone.” After He raised Lazarus from the dead, He said, “Loose him [Lazarus] and let him go” (verse 44). The Lord uses us to bind and to loose. Jesus didn’t say binding and loosing is one of the keys to the Kingdom, He said they ARE the keys. This became more clear to me when I was staying in a hotel room not far from where I was on a preaching assignment. I had just unlocked the door and walked inside when the Lord spoke to me. “The keys you are holding to this hotel room give you the authority to bind and loose, to lock and unlock these doors, although you do not own this hotel. I have given the keys to the Kingdom to My children to bind and loose as needed.” Then He added, “Go, teach My faithful children that I have given them authority to use the keys to the Kingdom to bind and to loose as needed.” Without an understanding of the power of speaking the blood in connection with binding and loosing, we would not be as successful as the Lord would want us to be. We first of all have to understand what we have the authority to bind and loose. Jesus used the word “whatsoever.”
Binding Ourselves to the Word
The Lord began to teach me the importance of binding myself to the Word of God. At first, I questioned if this was scriptural because it was all new to me. I discovered in Proverbs 6:20-22 that we are instructed to bind the commandments continually upon our hearts: “My son, keep thy father’s commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother: Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck. When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.” He said, “tie them about thy neck.“ This means to bind them to your neck. The Lord spoke of the children of Israel on a number of occasions as being stiffnecked. This symbol of tying them about your neck would eliminate the “sin-drome” of becoming stiffnecked. You will notice Proverbs 3:3 emphasizes the same teaching: “Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart.”Also in Proverbs 7:1-3 we read, “My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee. Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye. Bind them upon thy fingers, [something to seize with]write them upon the table of thine heart.” God wanted to make sure His children would always obey His Word and do all that He commanded.
In the New Testament, Jesus said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). We can’t keep the commandments unless we are bound to them. By binding the Word upon us, we become so attached to the Word of God that we will speak the Word and do according to all that is written in the Word. When we are bound to the Word, we are bound to truth, and we are bound to God. God and His Word cannot be separated. In Deuteronomy 11:18-20, the children of Israel were instructed to bind His book of the Law upon them: “Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes. And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt write them upon the door posts of thine house, and upon thy gates.” They were to have God’s Word become a daily part of them.
When we bind the Word of God upon us, we are binding ourselves to the blood covenant that Jesus bought for us on Calvary. When we bind ourselves to the Word of God and the blood covenant, it has an effect on the whole family, just as it did in the Old Testament…
Loosing the Bands of Wickedness
Now, let’s turn our attention to loosing the bands of wickedness as recorded in Isaiah 58:6: “Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?” If we could not have the power within us to loose the bands of wickedness, the Lord would never have commanded us to do so, would He? Can we completely control all the wickedness in the world by loosing the bands of wickedness? Certainly not. We cannot control the world, but we can hinder the works of wickedness when we take the time to fast and intercede and then take the keys of binding and loosing and do the job God has called us to do.
All across the world, people are being controlled by wickedness. The uncontrollable evil of this generation is ripping through our land like a mighty tornado, destroying everyone in its path. It is time for the blood-washed, blood-bought saints of God to arise and let the devil and his hosts know that through the power of the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, we will start loosing the bands of wickedness. We will undo those heavy burdens cast upon God’s people. We will let the oppressed go free. We will break every yoke, not by our power or our might, but by the mighty spirit of the living God. We have had some astounding things happen through the power of speaking the blood. One of the ways we can break these bands off and do the work outlined in Isaiah 58 is by making statements similar to this, “In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the power of the blood of the Lamb and by the mind, body and Spirit of the Lord Jesus Christ that I am a part of, I loose myself and my family from the evil influence of this nation. I loose the burdens from off the people of this nation according to the authority given to me in Isaiah 58:6.” This needs to be done in faith, knowing that you have the authority to do so because you are protected by the blood and are a part of the blood covenant. It must be understood that we cannot control the whole world, nor change nations on our authority. We can only hinder the work of evil. Although we have the responsibility and duty through the Lord Jesus Christ to bind and loose, it is the Lord that does the work. We are only instruments in the work…
Can We Bind the Devil?
For years, I have heard Christians trying to bind the devil with little or no success. Yet, for some reason, they felt they were keeping him bound. I have even heard little children say, “I bind you devil.” The more I was around the devil-binding crowd, the more I noticed they were getting deeper into trouble and often ended up calling me for counseling.
Years ago, I heard a well-known teacher teaching on the subject of binding the strong man, whom he said was the devil. He explained how to bind him in the name of Jesus. He used such Scriptures as 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,” and Mark 3:27: “No man can enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house.” His message was quite convincing and appeared to be backed by the Scriptures. The only problem was I was unable to see the necessary results that one would expect in binding the devil. He seemed to be as free in his operation as he was before he was supposed to be bound. I need to be more bold, I thought, Maybe this will help.
Soon after that, I had an unusual experience while I was endeavoring to bind the power of the devil as this teacher taught. I was speaking boldly, “I bind you devil in the name of Jesus,” when the Lord spoke to me.
“What are you binding the devil with?” He asked.
I was startled and didn’t know what to say. Finally I answered, “I am binding him in the name of Jesus.”
“No,” He answered, “You can cast out demons in the name of Jesus, but you can’t bind the devil in the name of Jesus.”
“Well then,” I said, “I guess I must bind him with the blood of Jesus.”
“You can’t bind him with the blood either,” the Lord replied. “You overcome the devil by the blood, but you can’t bind him with the blood.” Then He began to reveal something to me that changed my life. He said, “You cannot bind the devil. All you can do is hinder, restrain or resist his operation by using the Word of God like Jesus did in the wilderness. Satan cannot be bound until the angel is given the authority to bind him (as recorded in Revelation 20:1-3), because his time has not come to be bound.”
If you think about it, what would be the purpose of trying to bind a devil that Jesus has already defeated when he can be resisted? The Bible says, “greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world” (I John 4:4). According to Hebrews 2:14 and I John 3:8, Jesus destroyed the works of the devil. Then in Colossians 2:15, we are told Jesus spoiled all the powers that come against us: “Having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.”If we study these two words, “destroyed” and “spoiled,” we find that Jesus abolished the works of the devil. He caused his operation to be hindered. He disarmed him. He brought his kingdom to ruin. He caused his kingdom to fail. He brought his powers to naught and made void the works of the devil. Only in the lives of those who are cleansed by the blood, redeemed by the blood and protected by the blood is the devil defeated and weakened, because he has one hundred percent power in the world. When we are engaged in slander, talebearing, strife, rebellion and division, we step out from under the blood protection and the devil is no longer a powerless force. The world does not have a defeated devil, but one who is able to kill, steal and destroy.
We need to understand that satan’s main weapon is deception. If he can make you believe he can harm you, he will. The blood, the Word of God and the name of Jesus are our only protection from him. He does not have the authority or power to overthrow a holy Christian who is obedient to the Word of God. Only in Jesus are the devil’s works destroyed. Since Jesus has already defeated him in the life of the children of God, what would be the purpose of binding him? The Bible does not tell us to bind him, but to resist him. I Peter 5:8-9 says, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.” Again in James 4:7, we are commanded to resist him:“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” Notice, we must submit to God’s way of dealing with the devil before we can resist him. In both verses we are told to resist, not bind, or even fight the devil. You must first submit to God, then resist. In Ephesians 4:27, we are told not to give the devil any place in our lives: “Neither give place to the devil.” This is another way of resisting him. We are not to listen to his lies, temptations or promises. Jesus said he is a liar.
Another way you can give him place is by talking about all the devil did to this person and that person and how he is wrecking homes and destroying lives. There is a battle between right and wrong, good and evil and we are instructed to“endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ” (II Timothy 2:3). As soldiers, we must defend our rights and refuse to give the devil credit for anything. Don’t let him bind you and take what belongs to you-your children, your joy, your goods or anything else that is yours. Instead of being devil-conscious, become Jesus-conscious. Talk about Jesus. Praise the Lord for what He is doing in your life.
Who is the Strong Man?
Until recently I have been teaching, along with others, that the strong man Jesus talked about in a number of New Testament scriptures is either the devil or a stronghold such as anger, alcohol, addictions or adultery that is holding someone in bondage. After diligently comparing scripture with scripture, I concluded the strong man Jesus was talking about is not the devil and not even strongholds. The statement is not negative, but positive. We, as born-again Christians, are to be the strong man and defend our household and properties.
Let’s see what the Bible has to say concerning the matter. In Luke 11:21-22, we read, “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.” The first thing we want to look at is that the strong man was armed. Does the devil have armor? Jesus disarmed him. Only the Christian has spiritual armor to defend himself. We are to be armed against the devil, but not trust in our armor. “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” (Ephesians 6:13). Second, I don’t read anywhere in the Bible where the devil has ownership to a palace, so the palace owner couldn’t be the devil, could it? Only humans own palaces. The third thing we notice about the strong man is that he had goods that he was protecting. Apparently the strong man had property that was rightfully his. The devil is not the rightful owner of any property. I believe Jesus is teaching us that we are to be the strong man and have the responsibility to protect ourselves against the thief, destroyer and killer.
When you study this account, you will notice Jesus was talking about casting out devils. He then went on to explain that if the strong man doesn’t keep guard, he can be overcome. He said, “When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out. And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first” (Luke 11:24-26). This verse clearly explains that the strong man mentioned in the earlier scripture did not defend his palace and was overcome by unclean spirits. These spirits had taken full possession of, not only the strong man, but of his goods as well. If you meditate upon this, you will soon understand that the strong man represents those of us who are defending our rights and privileges in the Lord Jesus Christ.
When we get a revelation that we are the strong man and that Jesus is warning us to guard our palace and not to let the devil steal from us, we will understand we are anointed with the yoke destroying anointing. When this happens, I John 4:4 will become effective in our lives: “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” We are armed to win and to “stand against the wiles of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11).
Are We to Fight the Devil?
Since we do not have the authority to bind the devil, are we to fight against him as many are teaching in their spiritual warfare books? We are instructed to, “Fight the good fight of faith” (I Timothy 6:12). What is the fight about? He said it is the fight of faith. We must fight against unbelief. According to II Corinthians 4:4, “the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not.” The devil has blinded the minds through unbelief. Although the devil is behind all of this conflict, we do not fight him because the battle is in the area of the mind. Then there is that constant conflict between the flesh and the spirit, “For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would” (Galatians 5:17). People have been trying to fight the devil for years when our warfare is not with the devil, but in the mind, will and emotions.
If you study the sixth chapter of Ephesians, you will find our spiritual armor is for the defense and not the offence. “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” (verse 12). This word “wrestle” means spiritual conflict. We need to defend what is rightfully ours. According to Revelation 12:7, “And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels.“ If you study this chapter, you will find Michael and his angels fought with the devil and his host, and the saints did not fight. They overcame the accuser with three powerful forces: (1) the blood of the Lamb, (2) the word of their testimony and (3) their freedom from fear of death. They didn’t need to fear death, Jesus had already destroyed him who had the power of death and delivered them from that fear. Hebrews 2:14-15 tells us “that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.”
For years, people have been studying spiritual warfare. They get so excited about spiritual warfare, they talk about the devil. They “bind” the devil. They laugh at the devil. They sing about trampling the devil under their feet. They boast of how the devil must “pay them back” for what he stole from them. They can hardly wait to pick a fight with the devil. It isn’t very long until you see them discouraged and defeated and begging someone to pray for them. We need to talk about what the Lord is doing.
You don’t have to study demonology to know how to deal with demons. You are not a match for the devil. Only when you are in your rightful place as a Christian is he defeated. God has assigned His warring angels with Captain Michael to do the fighting for the saints. Why not let the fighting up to them? If we try to fight him and do what God has given the angels the authority to do, we are no longer struggling against a defeated devil, but have given him power that doesn’t belong to him which can bring us all kinds of trouble.
Through the power of speaking the blood, we have the authority over the devil and can enjoy the victories the Lord Jesus has given to us.
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The sermon with the same title was preached by Brother Rodes in 1999 – http://noelrt.com/?p=1332
Reuben Esh “Neither Give Place to the Devil“