The Strongest Man
Interpretation of dream #2 – The Bible talks about the strong man in both Matt. 12:29 and Mark 3:27,
“How can anyone enter a strong man’s house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can plunder his house.”
The strong man is the devil (Isa. 49:24), he is powerful, and he excels in strength. The spirit of lust is of the devil, he comes to take total control and he does not ask for permission to invade. Once he has control it’s very difficult to dethrone this spirit. But this spirit is no match for the Spirit of God. The Spirit of God is the “Strongest Man”.
Jesus spoke about evil spirits in Matt. 12:43, he said “When an evil spirit comes out of a man, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, “I will return to the house I left.” When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and takes with it seven more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that man is worse than the first.”
After a person commits their life to Christ they must fill their spirit with holy things, or else the unclean spirit that lived there before will return. If he finds the house empty, meaning if the Holy Spirit has not taken abode in the body of that believer, he enters the body and brings with him seven more wicked evil spirits, leaving the person in worst condition than before.
THE BATTLE RAGES: Strategic defenses, spiritual armor and weapons.
The conflict with satan is spiritual, therefore, no tangible weapons can be effective against him and his minions.
- Spiritual Armor: Ephesians 6:10-18, instructs us to put on the full armor of God, that we may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. We are to stand firm, with the belt of truth buckled around our waist, wearing the breastplate of righteousness, and having our feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. We are to take up the shield of faith, and extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.
- Continual Prayer: 1st Thessalonians 5:16, instructs us to pray continually, and give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. We cannot neglect prayer, it is the means by which we draw spiritual strength from God. Without prayer our efforts in spiritual warfare are empty and futile. The full armor of God, truth along with our prayers are the spiritual tools that God has given us, through which we can be spiritually victorious in overcoming satan’s attacks and temptations.
- Defense: A hedge of protection (Job 1:8). It is common for Christians to adapt this verse and pray for a “hedge of protection” around our family, friends, and love ones. In the Old Testament, wild animals were prevalent in the Middle East; a dense, sharp, and deep thorn bush was used to deter sheep and goats seeking to escape their pens. Satan is compared to a lion looking to devour (1 Pet. 5:8). A thorn hedge is an appropriate metaphor for the protection God gives His followers.
- Protection: Psalm 91 is filled with promises of protection against various forms of attacks from the enemy. I often include this Psalm in my daily prayer, most especially when I am being attacked by the enemy. I also contact prayer warriors to spiritually engage in the fight with me, for there is strength in numbers. God is always to answer the fervent prayer of the righteous. Prayer accompanied by fasting is also appropriate for the fight.
Having our spiritual armor on and our weapons in hand, the spirit of fear has no place in our lives, nor on the battlefield. “Do not fear” is written 365 times in the Bible. 2nd Tim. 1:7 says, “God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love and a sound mind.” Therefore, fear not, because God is with you, and greater is He in you, than he that is in the world. The Greater One lives in you!
Now that we’ve summed up the details of lust, and you’re equipped for the battle. Be mindful of the surrounding environments that perpetuate the ideas of lust. In today’s society we are bombarded with images that appeal to our fleshly desires, such as popular television shows like Scandal, and movies like Fifty Shades of Grey. Lust is advertised in magazines, and on social media platforms. The world wants us to lust after things, but the Word of God demands that we think about things that are lovely, pure, and admirable (Phil. 4:8-9). Be encouraged, you have the mind of Christ, which gives us the victory through Him. The Battle is already won!
Reference: Got Questions.org; Bible Hub.com