Monday, February 15, 2016

Binding the Strong Man - Mark 3:20-30 Post 10

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When You're talking about tying up the strong man and carrying off his possessions, You're talking about us.  About me.  (Mark 3:27)

Your power over Satan enables You to cast or drive these demons out.  You're already stronger.  You already have authority over them.  They have to listen to You, and if You say "leave," they have to leave.

Because You are the Son of God.
Because You are the King.

In the coming days, You, by dying on the cross, are going to go a step further.  Without Your death on the cross, we belong to Satan.  We are his possessions*, members of his house. But when You died on the cross, You tied up the strong man.

You defeated Satan.

Now You take his possessions - us - and there is nothing he can do.   Everything is forgiven us, everything, and we can leave Satan's house and return to the house of our Father.  No sin can keep us from You.  There is nothing You will not forgive.  (Mark 3:28)
Except...
choosing to remain in Satan's house.  (Mark 3:29)
You will not plunder the possessions that refuse to be plundered.

The Holy Spirit comes, whispering to us "You can be free" - 
Do we hear Him?
He tells us over and over - but for how long?  
The chance to leave Satan's house is wide open - 
we can go home, Jesus WILL receive us, Satan cannot hinder it - but for how long?  You will come and snatch us out of Satan's hand - in an instant - You will rescue us and bring us to Your household at the slightest word from us - but the doors will not be wide open forever.  And our refusal to hear and respond to the Holy Spirit will become an eternal sin.  We will be stuck with that choice forever.  

*We aren't his true possessions, but we gave him the right to steal us from the Father.

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