I thank God for each of you and the women's ministry. I pray that you will be blessed by the Lord's message on today.
(Matthew 12:44-45) Then is says, "I will return to the house I left. When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put i order. Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition o that man is worse than the first. That is how it will be with this wicked generation."
Yesterday, we taught about familiar spirits. There is a lot to cover but I at least want to get you down to the basics. You must first bind the strongman. The strongman is the root of your problem. If you do not bind the strongman, the demonic spirits will keep coming back and forth. They think they live there because you have never put them out. Just like a tree planted, it grows roots, then branches. If you keep cutting the branches they will grow back until you cut it off at the root. The strongman is called the "gatekeeper". He is allowing the demonic spirits to go back and forth. Kill the "gatekeeper!"
The spirit of bondage if anything that exalts itself against God and keeps you addicted. The spirit of bondage is the root (the strongman). Here is a list of some of the demonic spirits that it carries. Fear, addictions (drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, food, etc., fear of death, captivity to Satan, servant of corruption, compulsive sin, bondage to sin. The root is "works of the flesh". If you are dealing with the spirit of bondage, you must bind the spirit of bondage and loose the spirits of liberty, spirit of adoption (read Rom. 8:15). Paul says, "stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage". (Gal. 5:1).
Now, I am going to quote from Dr. Robeson's book. "The sinner looks at that and says sorrowfully, "I can't accept Christ because there is so much I have to give up." And it is true the sinner must give up certain things. The mistake the sinner makes, however, is the VALUE he places on those things he must relinquish. A good illustration of this would be a fly, freshly caught and expertly wrapped up by a spider. The fly symbolizes the sinner and the spider symbolizes Satan. The sinner swings back and forth, tightly bound by habits and addictions that keep him anchored on Satan's web. The end of it all for him is death, eternal separation from God and heaven. The fly thinks he's having a great life and a friend will remind him, there's a huge spider that is about to eat him. But the fly does not see the spider.
Now, the hardest part of all of this is that the sinner still has free will. You can pray all you can but the sinner has to want to be delivered from whatever is keeping them in bondage. The following is a prayer that can give you guidance. LET US PRAY!
One more important thing, just remind the enemy when he tries to come back that he is bound by Jesus Christ of Nazareth. If you stumble and fall for his deception again, immediately confront the situation with another prayer that binds his power. Depending how long you have been bound, you might stumble, but I admonish you to get back up again. Make up in your mind that you will not lose this fight.
Heavenly Father, I thank and praise you for Your love towards me. I pray that You forgive me for my sins and I pray for freedom. I desired to call you Abba Father. Thank you for loving me even when I wasn't lovable. By the power of the Jesus Christ of Nazareth, I rebuke the enemy and bind the spirit of bondage and loose the spirit of adoption in my life according to Matthew 18:18 that promises me, whatsoever ye shall loose o earth shall be loosed in heaven. Lord Jesus, help me to live a life of freedom from the enemy, in Jesus name, Amen.