No man can enter into a strong man's house and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house. Mark 3:27
...except he will first bind the strong man...
I heard this preached on recently and the preacher did an excellent job. I would like to take a different spin on it.
When thinking of this verse one might think or the actual bonds of a slave. Then we might think of being bound with habits that are harmful to our physical well being. Such vices as alcohol, tobacco, pornography, drug addictions, improper relationships with the opposite sex, and so on come to mind.
What if the enemy could bind you with internal fetters that would enable him to "spoil your house"?
What if he could cramp your muscles with fear of the future?
What if he could plant seeds of doubt in your mind that would paralyze your trust in God?
What if he could lace your fingers too tightly to the drawings of social media?
What if he could cause hatred towards someone who hurt you terribly to choke your very life?
HE CAN! HE WILL!
Are you letting the devil bind you inwardly? Has he come in to your "house" and bound you with bitterness, fear, doubt, idleness, or hatred? If you give him an inch, he will take a mile and think he is a ruler! (I think I expounded on that ole proverb!) Check here! He can cripple, cramp, and paralyze you before you are aware of what has happened! Ephesians 6:10-18
Be Aware! Prepare!
Don't let him sneak in, catch you off guard, and spoil your goods!
I Peter 5:8-11 Keep a cool head. Stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. Keep your guard up. You're not the only ones plunged into these hard times. It's the same with Christians all over the world. So keep a firm grip on the faith. The suffering won't last forever. It won't be long before this generous God who has great plans for us in Christ—eternal and glorious plans they are!—will have you put together and on your feet for good. He gets the last word; yes, he does. The Message