Are You Bound To Do It?

W. Terry Varner
January 19, 2014

Often we say about another, “He’s just bound to do it.” What do we mean by such a statement? In what sense is a person bound to a certain thing? In our prediction, we feel certain he will do it, whether right or wrong in such a prediction, what gives us the idea that he is bound to do it? Do we think he is over-powered, forced, or compelled and because of that he could not help himself and was so bound?

There is a sense in which a person can be bound to certain things. He may be bound by habit, by the law of average, by custom, by routine, by circumstances, by obligation, or by duty; however,' while he may be bound by anyone of these, he can never be bound against his will. Solomon wrote: “My son, if sinners entice you, consent not” (Prov. 1:10). Jesus said, “The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matt. 26:41). While this principle is often the case, man still allows himself to submit or be bound.

A passage to consider: “No one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man, and then he will plunder his house” (Mark 3;27). This calls for a struggle in which one seeks to overpower the other. The way one overpowers the other is by first binding him. Likewise, Satan cannot enter a strong man’s heart and spoil his goods except he first bind that man and then he will spoil the good in his heart.

The Bible speaks in a sense in which Satan is bound, but it also speaks in a sense in which Satan binds us. We do not have to bound by Satan. We are not puppets in Satan’s hands, unless we consent to be. You can keep Satan from binding you. Satan tries, out you will decide whether or not he does. “Submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4:7).

How Satan binds us: Satan cannot enter our hearts and spoil the good in our heart except [if and only if] he first binds us. He wants to do so, but you will determine whether he does or he does not. Paul speaks of our being “brought into captivity to the law of sin” (Rom. 7:23). We are live life in Christ by “bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” (2 Cor. 10:5). Satan uses three avenues to bind man: (1) “the lust of the flesh,” (2) “the lust of the eyes,” and (3) “the pride of life” (1 John 2:16). Another way that really enables Satan to bind us is prejudice. Prejudice makes us complacent, keeps us from learning more about God’s word, is one-sided, blinds us to our faults and responsibilities before God, makes us closed to investigation, suggestions, and/or discussions about religious matters. Prejudice keeps us from becoming the people God want us to be.

How can we keep Satan from binding us? Remember, Satan cannot bind us without our permission. We determine whether or not Satan enters our hearts and binds the good within our hearts. We permit ourselves to become prejudiced or allow our hearts to be filled with lust, pride, stubbornness, hypocriticalness, etc. So, HOW can we keep Satan from binding us? First, resist him. “Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). “Fight the good fight of faith, and lay hold on eternal life” (1 Tim. 6:12).

Second, acknowledge that you are always at war with Satan. We cannot be at peace with God without waging a war against Satan. Nor can we be at peace with Satan without waging war against God. To win in our war against Satan we must “be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might” (Eph. 6:10). “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philip. 4:13). We do these things, then “we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Rom. 8:37).

Are you bound by Satan? God asked Adam, “Where are you?” (Gen. 3:9). God knew where Adam was, but it is doubtful that he fully realized where he stood in God’s sight. God knows where we are. Hopefully, we are aware where we are in reference to our relationship to God. God said to the church at Pergamos, “I know your works, and where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is” (Rev. 2:13). If God can say that about us, we are bound by Satan.