Winning Our Spiritual Battles
Winning spiritual battles, whatever they might be, is directly related to the Holy Spirit’s power flowing upon into and through our lives.
Jesus gives us a tremendous example in Matthew 12:22–29. He just cast out a spirit from a man and some of the Pharisees were watching. They accuse Jesus of casting out demons by Beelzebub (v. 24). To paraphrase Bible commentator Albert Barnes, they did this for two reasons: 1) to concede that here was “miracle,” or work above mere human power, and 2) To throw all possible contempt upon Jesus (Beelzebub was a name of supreme contempt).
The Bible tells us that Jesus knew their thoughts. He knew what was in their hearts and so he turns on them. He points out that no kingdom, city or house that is divided against itself can successfully continue. No one could cast out Satan’s demons by the power of Satan because then Satan would be working against himself, and this would be a crazy notion.
Jesus goes further and gives them a parable of the strong man who keeps his possessions safe, until a stronger man comes, and robs him. Remember He’s talking about Satan (Beelzebub). He saying to them, “The devil has ruled over these evil spirits; he is the strong man armed.”
But, Jesus entered the strongman’s (Satan’s) house (this world) and bound him through the power and authority of a life filled with the Holy Spirit. He then plundered his goods (those people who had been under Satan’s tyrannical grip), and He set them free (fulfilling Luke 4:18–19).
Jesus victory came from the filling of the Holy Spirit.
What’s also interesting is that the word translated “bind” in Matthew 12 is the same word we find in Revelation 20: 2, “He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years.”
Jesus, through the power of the Holy Spirit, is binding Satan. He’s did it then, for the demon-possessed man. He does it today for us as we get in the flow of the Holy Spirit and overcome the enemy, and He will do it in the future as he casts Satan into the bottomless pit (Revelation 20:3) and shuts him up and seals him up.
We need to follow Jesus’ example and realize that our relationship to the Holy Spirit’s power and authority is critical if we are going to win spiritual battles and bind Satan for ourselves and others.