Main Course: 30 I will not say much more to you, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold over me, 31 but he comes so that the world may learn that I love the Father and do exactly what my Father has commanded me (John 14:30-31) NIV.
The reason that persecution comes (in all shapes, forms, and sizes) is for the Word’s sake (Matt. 13:21). The only reason the enemy comes to tempt you is for 2 core reasons found in Jn 15:30-31: to abandon (Peter) or abort (Judas) (1) your love for the Father and (2) your exact obedience to the Father. And if it is not perfect (things are left in the sifter*), those will be the things the devil will use to control/hold over you (Lk. 22:31; cf. Heb. 2:14-15). The enemy will try to hinder you from expressing your love and obedience to God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength (Matt. 22:37). But take courage: no weapon formed against you will prosper.
You may say, how do I get from under his hold? Snatch it back, throw it on the altar (1 Pet. 5:7-8), and the fire of God’s anointing (His Spirit) will destroy the yoke (Is. 10:27). Recognize and accept you are helpless and hopeless without God’s intervention, His superpower - the anointing (Is. 6:5-7). And every time you yield to His Spirit - bow the knee, you will come up with “this is my beloved son/daughter in whom I am well pleased” (the Father’s approval). You have all of heaven backing you up when you are abiding in Christ, in His perfect Will (Matt. 3:17; cf. Rms. 8:31).
Nonetheless, the secret to “no hold” is found in John 15:1-5; cf. Ps. 91:1 (abide and REMAIN in Him, the True Vine). Remember: "To retain is to remain" (remain in His presence to retain your freedom).
As you mature in Christ, learn to not put yourself in a position to be bound again, and don’t let other people force or pressure you to be bound (Gal. 5:1; Jn. 8:36). Will you keep your freedom?
Notes: Sifting Wheat: The first step in the process of sifting wheat is to loosen the chaff from the edible grain, which is called threshing. The old-fashioned way to do this is to spread the wheat onto a floor made from stone, concrete or tamped earth and to beat it with a flail.