Those That Satan Has Bound
It is hard to understand, but as Jesus went about doing good and teaching He faced many adversaries. Even while trying to help those bound by Satan, Jesus was resisted by so-called religious people. Luke 13:10-17 tells one such story. “Now He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. And behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bent over and could in no way raise herself up. But when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said to her, Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity. And He laid His hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God. But the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath; and he said to the crowd, There are six days on which men ought to work; therefore come and be healed on them, and not on the Sabbath day. The Lord then answered him and said, Hypocrite! Does not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or donkey from the stall, and lead it away to water it? So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound -- think of it -- for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath? And when He said these things, all His adversaries were put to shame; and all the multitude rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by Him.”
This account is of a poor soul that had been bound by Satan. She had a spirit of infirmity for eighteen years. She could not raise herself up. But the “Lord raises those who are bowed down.” (Psalms 146:8). Multiplied numbers of people are bound by Satan today. Perhaps it is not in the same sense as this woman, but none the less there are those whom Satan has bound.
Satan Has Bound Some With Alcohol and Other Drugs. The evil fruits of alcohol and other drugs continue to be reaped in our society as more people continue to drink and use drugs more and more. “Wine is a mocker, Strong drink is a brawler, And whoever is led astray by it is not wise.” (Proverbs 20:1). Drinking and using other drugs is just too costly and harmful -- physically, mentally, socially, economically, morally and especially spiritually. Satan has the “user” bound but “the Lord raises those that are bowed down.”
Satan Has Bound Some With Sexual Immorality. Adultery, fornication and homosexuality have become a way of life for many. Our society has become so confused that it calls evil good and good evil. “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20). Immorality is condemned in God’s word. Romans 1:18-32 condemns all types of sexual immorality including men with men and women with women. Sexual immorality is a work of the flesh which will condemn one eternally. “Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissension's, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God” (Galatians 5:19-21). Some people would like to edit this list and take out those sins of a sexual nature and say “God made us this way so it must be all right to do these things.” God didn't do it -- Satan is the author of this kind of thinking because he wants to keep the immoral in his bondage. Satan has the immoral bound but, “the Lord raises those who are bowed down.”