Luke 11:20-22 [Amplified Bible]
“20But if I drive out the demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has [already] come upon you.
21When the strong man, fully armed, [from his courtyard] guards his own dwelling, his belongings are undisturbed [his property is at peace and is secure].
22But when one stronger than he attacks him and conquers him, he robs him of his whole armor on which he had relied and divides up and distributes all his goods as plunder (spoil).”
From the story of the 12 spies, I now know why God has to tell us what to do, like “Be Strong in the Lord”! Let’s read:
Numbers 13:27-33 [New International Version]
“27 They gave Moses this account: “We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit.
28 But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw descendants of Anak there.
29 The Amalekites live in the Negev; the Hittites, Jebusites and Amorites live in the hill country; and the Canaanites live near the sea and along the Jordan.”
30 Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.”
31 But the men who had gone up with him said, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.”
32 And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored. They said, “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size.
33 We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.”
Based upon verse 33, we have great power on how our adversary perceives us. So we should take God’s advice on how we really look in our eyes. Let’s read and believe God. I believe we should listen and heed his command in Ephesians 6!
Ephesians 6:10-11 [Amplified Bible]
10In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [be empowered through your union with Him]; draw your strength from Him [that strength which His boundless might provides].
11Put on God's whole armor [the armor of a heavy-armed soldier which God supplies], that you may be able successfully to stand up against [all] the strategies and the deceits of the devil.
The purpose for this command is that we be successful. The enemy is not stronger than us – he just has effective strategies. On our own and in ourselves, we are sitting ducks and easily devoured. BUT God made a way which we must go. If we just step into Him we become the STRONGER ONE. It’s all about Him. If we just step into Him we become the STRONGER ONE.
"In my encounter time, it seems I went to a “Room of Events”. As I step through the doorway, I saw loops - loops within loops. The large room was full of loops. It seemed maybe they were circles, shaped like a thin bracelets but looking closer – these loops were more like rolls of movie film – each loop had “frames”, each film frame on the loops were unique sequenced “life events”. It seemed each completed loop were the events of an individual’s life. I thought it was a “room” dealing with “timings” but it seems in “that realm”; I was outside of time. It seemed to me that these “events” needed to occur in my life in a proper sequence” but time was only a factor on earth.
It seems if you enter this room you can participate in your destiny/future. I give the room a 5 star rating. I did not see distinct scenes but I could tell the images where from future events. I think this room must be visited often so you can properly process the images that are shown. I believe, the images are definitely events from ones testimony scroll, book of life. Anyway, when you return to earth – you have a new responsibility – a greater relationship with your present and future. Instead of hearing a prophetic word, you got a glimpse of your prophetic “word” (future events).
Remember in Luke 11 –
“21When the strong man, fully armed, from his courtyard guards his own dwelling, his belongings (HIS FUTURE EVENTS) are undisturbed, his property is at peace and is secure.”
It seems if we do not “guard” our events then they can be “disturbed” by DELAYS. Definitely unattended “EVENTS” attract the enemy’s strategies and a main strategy is DELAY.
“GUARD YOUR SEQUENCE OF EVENTS FROM DELAY!”
Now THAT we have become the Stronger One, we have a responsibility. We must stay “fully armored”, which is to stay in HIM. See Zechariah 3:7, for references to the “courtyard” – as we follow His ways, God gives us authority in His courts. With this Strength, Might, (Ephesians 6) and Authority (Zechariah 3) we are able to keep DELAYS from our events which need to occur ON TIME and in Order.
NO MORE DELAYS – in Jesus Name!
So in light of these insights, we could read, declare Luke 11:22 like this:
“Now as the Stronger One, being fully armed and walking in God, I have been granted authority (charge) in His courts to guard my future events to keep them undisturbed so that I may run my race in peace and finish strong.”