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Getting free of the Strong Man
21 When a Strong Man, armed to the teeth, stands guard in his front yard, his property is safe and sound.
22 But what if a Stronger Man comes along with superior weapons?
Then he's beaten at his own game, the arsenal that gave him such confidence hauled off, and his precious possessions plundered.
23 This is war, and there is no neutral ground.
If you're not on my side, you're the enemy; if you're not helping, you're making things worse.
The Message Bible
In getting free of the strong Man, we need to co-operate with the Stronger Man, the Lord Jesus Christ.
He has come to fill your life with these alternatives:
1 The Sovereign LORD has filled me [The Lord Jesus] with his Spirit.
He has chosen me and sent me. . . .
3 To give to those who mourn in Zion
Joy and gladness instead of grief,
A song of praise instead of sorrow.
They will be like trees That the LORD himself has planted.
They will all do that is right,
And God will be praised for what he has done.
Good News Bible We do this by praying along the following lines:
Lord Jesus, I believe that You died as a sacrifice for my sins, and You came back from death as the Stronger Man, to rescue me from destruction.
In Your name, Lord Jesus, I resist and refuse Rebellion, Witchcraft, Stubbornness, Iniquity and Idolatry. I renounce Deception, Unjust Accusation, Lying and Believing Lies.
I ask You to cultivate in me the fruit of YOUR Spirit: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness, Your power in my life, and self control.
In the name of Jesus, today I continue to receive Gladness, in place of the Ashes of regret.
I continue to receive the Oil of Joy to anoint my head, in place of Grief and Mourning.
I choose to throw off the spirit of Heaviness and Sorrow, and take up instead, Your Song of Praise for my life.
I commit myself to sober-mindedness and vigilance.
Thank You for opening the eyes of my understanding,
in the name of Jesus.
Hope we can get together again tomorrow, God willing.
Meanwhile, have a great day walking with the Lord!