we serve the stronger

Luke 11:21, 22 “When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace: But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils.”

The text of Luke 11:21, 22 speaks of a strong man overcoming the devil and spoiling his goods. That strong man is Jesus Christ and He overcame the devil, stripped him of his armour, and spoiled his goods. He has no power over the Christian because of the victory of our Lord Jesus Christ. In His work of Redemption on the Cross Colossians 2:15 says about Jesus that , “And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.” Remember that Adam in his Fall turned the dominion he had over to satan who became the god of this world system. In that context we can say that Jesus took the battle right into the enemy’s camp, allowed him home field advantage, and still whipped him making an open shame of him. This is the nature of the Spirit that flows from the Cross and Resurrection. This is same Spirit of the Resurrection that dwells in us Romans 8:11.

I do not believe Jesus intended the Church to be on the defensive slithering around in cowardly defeat trying to keep out of the devil’s sight. When Jesus talked of delivering someone bound by demon power and from the strong man who had him bound, He said a stronger one would come upon him, overcome him, and take all his armor. That sounds pretty aggressive and being on the offense to me. The Great Commission was 100% attack and being on the offensive. You don’t score points on defense but on offense. Let’s quit playing defense, get on the offense, preach the Gospel, heal the sick, and deliver the oppressed.

This is the same Spirit in Jesus who prevailed against the gates of hell, raised Him from the dead, and anointed us with power to be His witnesses. His Resurrection power ought to put us on the move and going everywhere to set people free. It is not Scriptural to wait for the sinners to contact us the saints. It’s time to take the initiative in contacting people.

Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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