The devil makes it his business to keep Christians in bondage, bound and gagged, actually imprisoned in their own grave clothes!
Why doesn't the old devil, Satan, give up and bow out of the picture when a person
becomes a believing Christian?
Although he is a dark and sinister foe dedicated to the
damnation of humans, I think he knows that it is no use trying to damn a forgiven and
justified child of God who is in the Lord's hands.
So, it becomes the devils business to keep the Christian's spirit imprisoned.
that the believing and justified Christian has been raised up out of the grave of his sins
and trespasses. From that point on, Satan works that much harder to keep us bound and
gagged, actually imprisoned in our own grave clothes.
He knows that if we continue in this kind of bondage, we will never be able to claim
our rightful spiritual heritage.
He knows also that while we continue bound in this kind
of enslavement we are not much better off than when we were spiritually dead.
This is one
reason why the Christians in today's churches are behaving like a flock of frightened
sheep - so intimidated by the devil that we cant even say "Amen"!
I admit that occasionally you find a few who are just childishly happy about
everything, but that is not what I mean. Often these are just like children playing in the
market places, having never been seriously engaged in the conflict on the spiritual
Show me an individual or a congregation committed to spiritual progress with
the Lord, interested in what the Bible teaches about spiritual perfection and victory, and
I will show you where there is strong and immediate defiance by the devil!
~A. W. Tozer~