I will not speak with you much longer, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold on me, but the world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what my Father has commanded me (John 14:30,31).
Jesus is here proclaiming the truth that the cross was something he willingly surrendered to. And Jesus was not so much surrendering to the Jews or the Romans, but rather to his Father. He certainly was not caving in to the enemy. For Jesus, his actions were a matter of obedience.
Jesus says that the enemy had no hold on him. Jesus never said or did anything that would give rise to a stronghold in his life. Therefore the devil never had a foothold or opportunity or right to put a hold on Jesus. Again, this absolute freedom was the result of Jesus always doing exactly what his Father told him to. There simply was nothing for the enemy to land on.
We too can know such freedom. Ours is won by putting our faith and hope in the redemptive work of Jesus which cancels our sin and washes us clean (1 John 1:9). We keep this freedom as we resist giving the devil a foothold in our life by staying current with God and man. We will give the devil the right to harass us if we choose to abide in unconfessed sin or continue to live in toxic reaction toward those who have hurt us (Eph. 4:26,27). We also must take every thought captive unto obedience to Christ (2 Cor. 10:3-5). We cannot afford to entertain thoughts that are not true or rehearse over and over our relational wounds. Processing is one thing. Rehearsing is quite another. And the devil certainly knows the difference!
And so, let us live in abiding relationship with Jesus where we humbly strive to follow him closely and do exactly what he tells us to do. And when we might veer to the right or the left, let us confess and repent quickly and thereby dismiss every right that the enemy would have to put a hold on us. By God’s grace let us be able to say with Jesus; “The prince of this world is coming, but he has no hold on me.”
“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free!”
Putting this word into practice: If you happen to feel spiritually bound up, perhaps there is something in this word for you to put into practice. You also might know someone whom the devil seems to have a hold on. The starting point to finding freedom is to establish an unhurried time to stop everything and humbly turn to Jesus. Then let the Word and Spirit lead you to confess and repent of everything and anything that the devil might find attractive to land on. It usually is best to do this with a trusted friend.
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