The Cinderella story captivates us in so many ways, but one aspect tends to be overlooked.
The house she cleaned day in and day out was rightfully hers, an inheritance from her father. What the wicked stepmother claimed by a marriage certificate Cinderella could claim through blood, but the strong took advantage of the weak.
It doesn’t have to be that way.
Jesus said, “How can anyone enter a strong man’s house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man?” (Matthew 12:29)
I’ve always thought of this as Bad Guy over Good Guy. The Bad Guy breaks into the house, ties up the Good Guy and robs him. The Enemy comes against us with shame, fear, and lies. As Cinderella did with her stepmother, we believe the lies and he ties us up, making us slaves in our own house, stealing our joy, peace, love, and truth.
But the reverse is also true. The Good Guy can tie up the Bad Guy. We can tie up and rob the Enemy, take back our joy, peace, and truth. Take back our lives.
The Enemy has no power over us except what we allow.
Jesus never intended for us be slaves. He came to bring us good news and God’s favor, to heal our wounds, and to set us free from the Enemy (Isaiah 61).
It’s time we tie him up and take back what he has stolen (James 4:7).
It’s time to seek out healing and freedom and abundance (Matthew 11:28,29).
It’s time to live as we were intended to – in Spirit and in truth (John 4:24); in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23) ; in power, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).
This is your house, Cinderella. Take it back.