“Through dangers untold and hardships unnumbered I have fought my way here to the castle beyond the Goblin City to take back the child you have stolen, for my will is as strong as yours and my kingdom as great. You have no power over me!”

― Jim Henson

I love the movie the Labyrinth. It is one of my favorite childhood movies. I remember watching over and over again. I still like to pull it out from time to time and watch it. Who would have thought that years later the Lord would use a line from this movie to speak to my heart about marriage?

Spoiler alert- if you have never seen the movie here is a brief summary. The story is about a girl named Sarah and her baby brother Toby. Sarah gets upset because she is forced to babysit her brother so she makes a wish for the goblin king to come and take him away. The goblin king actually comes and does what she ask and gives her a choice. She can have the life that she always wanted but in return, Toby will be turned into a goblin forever. She refuses and has to make her way through a labyrinth to rescue her brother before time runs out. At the end of the movie, she confronts the goblin king. It looks as if he is going to win when Sarah says these words, “You have no power over me.” At that moment the king is rendered powerless and Sarah and her brother are returned home.

You Have No Power Over Me!

The battle for Sarah was won from the beginning she just did not realize it. The goblin king never had any true power over her she just thought he did. As soon as she made the discovery there was nothing more he could do to her. A few days ago, I was thinking about this movie and that scene. The Lord spoke to me and said, “You need to say those words to the enemy.” It took me back for a moment but then I realized this important truth.

Our enemy just like the goblin king has no power over us.

We give the enemy way more credit and authority in our lives than he actually has. We portray him as this powerful, strong being. We say things like, “The devil made me do it.” and “He’s really good at his job.” We are giving him power and authority by our words and the way we act.

So what does all this have to do with marriage? I have said this in previous blogs but the enemy hates marriage. Marriage is supposed to be a model of how Christ loves His church and the enemy knows that a couple displaying this model is dangerous to his kingdom. So he does everything in his power to cause division and to corrupt God’s design.

We as a couple have to stand up and let him know that~

  • He has no power over us
  • He has no power in our marriage
  • He has no power over our finances
  • He has no power over our health

We need to follow Sarah’s example and vocally tell him that he is powerless. There is such a freedom in just realizing then proclaiming that over your marriages.

A few months back Alex went through a phase where he was sick a lot. Then on top of that, he got poison oak and it went crazy. He was covered in the worse rash I have ever seen. Not only was he miserable and in pain but it made it impossible for us to touch each other. This went on for a few weeks. We were both so tired and broken with everything that was going on. A friend of ours prayed over Alex one Sunday and told us that this was an attack and that it was unacceptable. He reminded us of whose we were and that we had been given authority because of Jesus. After that prayer, Alex and I decided that we had had enough we did not use the exact phrase “you have no power of me”, but we told the enemy in no uncertain terms that we were done and that he could not bother us anymore.

Did our situation chance instantly, no. However, our situation did change. We started verbally saying that Alex was healed and that the enemy had no power in our home. We took back the spiritual ground that the enemy had stolen. There was such a shift in us and the way we approached the situation once we vocalized the enemies lack of power.

You may be under attack right now in your marriage. It could be an emotional, physical, or spiritual attack. The enemy will use anything he can to create division.

Whatever the attack is take back your ground!

How do we take back this ground? In a physical battle, you take back your ground by pushing the enemy back. If you continue to push them back eventually they will retreat in the opposite direction. We have been given that same ability with our enemy.

James 4:7- “So submit to [the authority of] God. Resist the devil [stand firm against him] and he will flee from you.” 

According to this verse, we are to submit to God and resist the devil! If we do those two things the Word promises us he will flee. I googled “How to submit to God” and I found a really cool article. It gives several definitions but since we are talking about a battle the military definition really stood out to me.

The word was used as a military term meaning “to arrange troop divisions in a military fashion under the command of a leader.”

So we submit to God by getting behind Him and following His commands. He is our leader and He will fight for us if we will let Him. We just need to be obedient to what He tells us to do. How do we know what He wants us to do?

  • By getting in our Word
  • By spending alone time with Him so we recognize His voice when He speaks to us
  • By speaking life over your situations
  • By praying about everything

If we will submit to God in those ways the enemy will have no choice but to flee. Jesus defeated the enemy at the cross. We as His heirs get to walk in the victory that has been graciously given to us. But you can’t walk in it if you don’t know you have it.

So from now own, quota Jim Henson to the enemy when he comes and tries to attack you.

You have no power over me!

You have no power over my marriage!

You have no power at all!

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