2 Thessalonians 2:7-8 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way. Then that lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His coming;
”Lawlessness is already at work; only he who restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way.”
Who is restraining lawlessness or the lawless one? I believe it is the church.
1 Peter 5:8-9 Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, firm in your faith,
1 Peter 5:8-9 is all written in the plural, not singular. This admonition and promise is for the church to do together, not for the individual. We are to resist him together and when we do he flees.
James 4:7 Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
Again, this is a promise for a plurality of people not a person by themselves, on their own.
Romans 16:20 The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.
You guessed it; this verse is also not written for the Lone Ranger Christian but for the army of God that fights together.
Matthew 18:18-20 Truly I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven. Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven. For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.”
Binding and losing are spiritual warfare terms, and this authority that is being given in these verses is not for an individual but to the church, the gathered together ones.
We exercise this authority by praying together in unity. We have be given enormous authority and power to hold evil at bay, but the army of God has been mostly AWOL. Church prayer meetings are typically the lowest attended events that a local church has.
We are living in a day where evil is advancing almost at will in our country. The anemic and half-hearted praying of most churches has little power to resist the devil and his plan to control our lives.
December 7th through the 11th JBC is holding a ”Five Day Prayer” event. We will pray from 5:00 to 10:00 am and 5:00 to 10:00 pm each day, Monday through Friday. There is nothing you can do to more effectively thwart the evil in our world than attend and participate in this event.