Isn't it cool how the Lord can take a simple analogy and speak volumes?
Yesterday at church, the pastor taught from Judges and spoke on Samson. The people bound Samson with 2 NEW ropes in order to overtake him. They knew that he had strength and that it wouldn't give them an upper hand if the ropes were old; or if it was only 1. They knew the ropes had to be new and there had to be more than one of them.
So I'm reading this morning and the Lord puts Matthew 12:29 in my path.
"Or how can anyone enter the strong man’s house and carry off his property, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house."
I thought, alright what is the Lord wanting me to see here... then it hit me. How many times has satan tied me up and stole from me? Stole my joy, my peace, etc.
Satan knows the strength the Lord gives His children... he knows that he cannot overtake the Lord... he knows our weaknesses.
It's the little things that entangle us. He doesn't hogtie us up in order to overtake us. It's a little at a time. He takes the ropes... the new ropes... and wraps us up little by little.
We have to be aware of his lies, his schemes, his craftiness.
However, take heart. The Lord has overcome!!!!! Because of Christ, we are able to have that relationship with Him. "Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ" ~ Romans 5:1
So the simply thought/word for the day.... Don't let satan steal anything from you!!!!
"What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?" ~ Romans 8:31-35