Good morning Divine Perspective followers, I believe you had a great week. Thank God it’s Friday! So Let’s delve quickly into today’s theme: Containing The “Condemner”. If you read the last post, you will realise its central focus was to explore the freedom an uncondemned believer has, to fulfil his divinely given purpose. I remember narrating a story about a King, His Son and the Head Slave. If you’re yet to read that post, I’d advise you do so before going too far with this, because this is simply a continuum of that, and it would help a great deal in your overall understanding. I left off at saying that the king eventually returned from his long journey, what happened when he finally did?
1 Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; 2 But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father.
This is one of the most powerful and graphical illustrations Paul engaged to convey his message to his followers. In this context, if you read on, Paul uses it to compare our former states under the Law with our present reality under Grace. However, that opening thought is true even literally. An heir is in reality not any different from a slave, if he doesn’t know who he is. In fact, an hier can live all his life like a slave, not having a clue of his royalty and pristine heritage.
Ecc 10:5, 7
5 There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, as an error which proceedeth from the ruler:… 7 I have seen servants upon horses, and princes walking as servants upon the earth.
6 I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High… But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.
Don’t be deceived, there can be a switch of roles. Don’t think because you’re blood washed, tongue speaking, demon casting, heaven bound and justified, you can’t live like absolutely none of the aforementioned happened to you. Yes you can! Is it normal? No, the bible says it is evil, it’s an anomaly, but it sure can happen. Will a prince fall as a slave? No, he would fall still as a prince. His identity is intact, but his reality is a contrast.
… So his father, the King finally returned and was appalled at the state of his son, he was upset and hurt. He left him the staff of authority so none of these would happen, but it eventually did, he couldn’t quite understand. So he called his son, and asked “where is your staff of authority?”, the son meanwhile is fidgeting, and stammering not knowing how to tell his father the whereabouts of his staff, then he finally pronounces the name “Olori eru”, which means the Head Slave. The most shocking thing in this story was the response of the Father upon hearing the name “Olori eru”. I would have thought the father will call the slave, demand the staff and give it right back to his son, but he didn’t.
God does no such thing. God has no business with the devil in dealing with His famil, He simply gives His family all they need to deal with the devil. So the king tells his son to go and get back his staff. God can’t give you more than He already has given you. He can’t give you more Authority, more Power, more Grace than He already has, it’s only a question of use, are you using what He already gave you? God is too big to engage the devil in a bout of authority, the diminutive wimp stands no chance. God can’t help a son to recover his lost “staff”, the son must do it himself.
How does the son contain his “condemner”? So the king tells him something like;
15 For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.
18 Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven:and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy:and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
…And many more like that, then the son is energised and fired up by the Words of the father the king, he goes to “Olori eru”, and puts him where he really belongs. Beats him silly and sends him out of his kingdom. The strategy to contain the devil will never change, it’s always by THE WORD. Jesus contained the devil with it. You don’t negotiate with the devil when he brings condemning thoughts to you, you don’t become open to suggestions… You rebuke him, cast him and contain him. I said so much I wish I had time to expand upon, but I trust the Holy Spirit to condense it into a format compatible with your heart. We should consider “Your Mouth, Your Staff” in our next post. Enjoy God’s unmediated favour this weekend. I love you.