Spiritual Warfare: Binding the Strong Man

If we want to accomplish anything in either the natural or spiritual realms, we must engage in a spiritual warfare (Ephesians 6:12). In Mark 3:27 Jesus said, “No one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man. And then he will plunder his house.”

When Adam and Eve sinned they turned over the title deed of the earth to Satan. Satan is called “god of the world” in 2 Corinthians 4:4, “prince of this world” in John 14:30 and “prince of the power of the air” in Ephesians 2:2. In 1 John 5:19, the Apostle John said, “We know that we are of God, and that the whole world lies in the grip of the evil one.” We must “first bind the strong man” (Mark 3:27) if we are going plunder his house – this world over which he rules.

This is particularly true in seeing people “rescued from the domain of darkness and transferred to the kingdom of His beloved Son” (Colossians 1:13). This is what was taking place in Mark 3:14-15 – “He appointed twelve, so that they would be with Him and that He could send them out to preach, and to have authority to cast out the demons,” which Jesus Himself had been doing.

Keys in Our Quest to Defeating the Strong Man:

1. Adversary

First of all, we must realize that we have an adversary. Peter said, “Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8). Paul agreed saying, “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” (Ephesians 6:12).

We have an adversary that is opposing the things of God, the church and every born again believer. We are engaged in a spiritual battle – spiritual warfare! We have an enemy that is fighting hard against us, the souls of mankind, everyone who is seeking to do the will of God, and especially men and women of God who are doing what they can to make an impact for the kingdom of God.

“The kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force” (Matthew 11:12)!

2. Abode

This enemy of ours has a place in which or over which he abides. Our enemy has a place (abode) over which he seeks to control, manipulate, master, and keep away from the kingdom of God and God’s control. There’s a battle taking place against the powers of darkness and the kingdom of God.

Satan’s Abode is Four-fold:

3. Arrest

“No man can 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” (Mark 3:27). Jesus said He gave us “authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy” (Luke 10:19). “Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven” (Matthew 18:18).

Jesus told Peter, “On this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven” (Matthew 16:18-19).

We must begin to exercise our authority in Christ and arrest the demonic hosts of hell that are set forth against us, our loved ones and the Lord’s church.

4. Attack

We are to to take the aggression, “The gates of hell shall not prevail against it – His Church” (Matthew 16:18). Gates are there to keep things out. The gates of hell are set up to keep us out. Instead of getting attacked and the church merely reacting – fighting back, we are the ones who are to be taking the initiative and aggression against the gates of hell.

“From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and violent men take it by force” (Matthew 11:12). Instead of merely reacting to the attacks of the enemy, let’s begin to aggressively attack and wage war against the gates of Hell and the forces of darkness and take the kingdom by force!

5. Advancement

“The gates of Hell shall not prevail against it – the church” (Matthew 18:18) suggests the church is to be moving forward making advancement against domain of darkness” (Colossians 2:15; Ephesians 3:10). It’s time the church cease retreating and begin making advancement against “The gates of Hell.” Church let’s begin advancing against the gates of Hell. The “violent men take it by force” (Matthew 11:12). We are to be pressing forward and advancing and not withdrawing and shrinking back.

Four Areas in Which We’re to Press On – Make Advancement:

Let’s press on to know the Lord, in our calling, in the vision He has set before us and maturity in Christ, in so doing we will be making advancement against the gates of hell.

6. Ambush

A thief doesn’t doesn’t forewarn the owner of the home prior breaking into his house. He does it using the element of surprise, when he least expects it. A good example of this is Elisha.

The enemy had come against him and he prayed, “Strike this people with blindness, I pray. So He struck them with blindness according to the word of Elisha. Then Elisha said to them, This is not the way, nor is this the city; follow me and I will bring you to the man whom you seek. And he brought them to Samaria. When they had come into Samaria, Elisha said, O Lord, open the eyes of these men, that they may see. So the Lord opened their eyes and they saw; and behold, they were in the midst of Samaria” (2 Kings 6:18-20).

God blinded the eyes of the enemy until they were captured. We must take the enemy by surprise if we expect to win the battle. There’s a time and place for sharing our vision with our people and leaders, however, we often do so prematurely and we frequently share our plans with too many and with to broad of a group. If the devil knows all our plans before hand, he will not be taken by surprise. Let’s use discretion in what we share and who we share it with. Some may not be ready for what God has shown us.

7. Anointing

We can’t fight spiritual battles on our own. “The yoke will be destroyed because of the anointing” (Isaiah 10:27). Jesus said, “Apart from Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). If we are to break the yoke of the strong man in people’s lives we will need God’s anointing and power to do so. It’s the power of God that pulls down spiritual strongholds in people’s lives and this world in which we live (2 Corinthians 10:4-5).

This type of anointing does not come by accident. It takes time seated at the feet of Jesus (Luke 10:38-42). When Peter was threatened by the religious leaders we read, “Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them… (and) when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus” (Acts 4:8 and 13).

There are times when the foothold of the enemy in a person’s life or a certain situation may be so strong that it will take seeking the Lord in a time of fasting and prayer to see it broken.

8. Avalanche

Mountainous strongholds come tumbling down when God’s people bind the strong man (Mark 3:27) and come against the gates of hell under the anointing of the Holy Ghost (Matthew 16:18-19). Praise the Lord!

“The weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5).

I decree strongholds are coming down now in the name of Jesus (job 22:28) – Praise the Lord! If we will lay hold of the horns of the altar (Isaiah 64:7), like in the days of old, we will once again see the works of the enemy destroyed. Victory is on the horizon! Let’s seek the face of the Lord and expect great things to be done for His glory!

9. Alleluia

When God’s people are set free and strongholds begin tumbling down, alleluias will begin to roll. Three times in Luke 15 Jesus said there was rejoicing over the yoke of the enemy being broken. There was the lost sheep (Luke 15:6), the lost coin (Luke 15:9-10), and the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-31). Prodigals are coming home and revival is on its way – Glory be to God!

“Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered: let them also that hate Him flee before Him. As smoke is driven away, so drive them away: as wax melts before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God. But let the righteous be glad; let them rejoice before God: yea, let them rejoice exceedingly.” – Psalms 68:1-3

“Through God we shall do valiantly: for He it is that shall tread down our enemies.” – Psalm 60:12

With over 40 years of church planting and ministry experience, Dr. Linton’s passion is to equip, encourage and strengthen pastors and their churches. Watch his latest messages on YouTube.