Satan I bind you?
Power and authority are some of the terms which most charismatic people are more familiar with and in fact these makes it to the top 10 in the charismatic vocabulary. One claims to possess power to do this and that while another claim to have authority to do the same and usually the words are used interchangeably.
We will be discussing if whether believers have been given power or authority over Satan and demonic spirits as some have claimed to possess such powers. It is not important what you and I think of any theological matter but what the bible says; we are bound by Scripture not to remove or add to it in any way. Does the bible teach that believers have power to bind or to destroy Satan?
A person who preaches about Satan and demons usually claims to have discovered Satan”™s hidden secrets; they seem to know how he and his demons operate. One of their achievements was to introduce a geographical territorial warfare with demons whereby they engage into warfare with Satan over territory. They believe they can name streets or city names and evict a demon from his geographical dominion by invoking Jesus”™ name. Is this teaching biblical? No, it is not biblical and most of them use Daniel 10 as reference though they misinterpret it and read it out of context.
Those who are involved in exorcism are often found making conversations with demons as well as commanding them to do certain things; they would bind, destroy, or even burn them with the “holy ghost fire” as they say.
Do we have the power command Satan?
The bible speaks of Satan as possessing some kind of authority that is higher than that of human beings, he is more powerful than us but less than God. No human being can stand up against Satan on his own and win the battle;If we could do that we wouldn”™t need Christ at all. Satan is in fact our adversary and he would do all he could to destroy and kill us had it not been for Christ on our side.
We find in the bible that Christ and the apostles had authority over Satan and demons; Christ had authority because of His divinity (Mat 28:18; Joh 5:27) and the apostles had authority derived from Him because they were His special representative (1 Thes 2:6; 2 Cor 13:10). No one today can claim authority over demons and diseases but God. It is unbiblical for one to claim to have authority over Satan.
In the book of Daniel 10 you do not find any human in a warfare with a demon, the battle is said to have taken place between a Holy angel and a demon. In 2 Cor 12 we do not find Paul binding demons but trusting in the power of God. We can go on to other scripture passages but still we wont find such practices elsewhere except in those passages mentionedÂ above.
Should we command Satan?
The bible records something in the book of Jude that took place between Michael and Satan when they disputed about the body of Moses; Michael did not dare bring an accusation against Satan but said “The Lord rebuke you” (JudÂ 9). if angels who are high in authority do not go about binding demons but understands that its an act of God alone, how much more mortal man who were deceived by a fruit of a tree?
Jesus taught His disciples how to pray and in the Lord”™s Prayer you do not find any part that says “Satan we bind you in the name of Jesus”; if He did not teach us to pray thus, why should we? In fact it makes no sense at all, when we pray we talk to God not Satan; when we start binding Satan we lose the whole meaning of prayer. It is enough to say “…and deliver us from evil”. If there needs to be some binding and destroying to do, we leave it all to God;
The bible has already instructed us on how we should defend ourselves against the attacks of Satan; we are never promised that it would be easy but that we should endure hardships and fight the good fight of faith.
1. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (Jas 4:7)
2. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.
Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints.
Soli Deo Gloria