Luke 11:14-22… “And he was casting out a devil, and it was dumb. And it came to pass, when the devil was gone out, the dumb spake; and the people wondered. But some of them said, He casteth out devils through Beelzebub the chief of the devils. And others, tempting him, sought of him a sign from heaven. But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth. If Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? because ye say that I cast out devils through Beelzebub. And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your sons cast them out? therefore shall they be your judges. But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you. When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace: But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils” (KJV).
The story… Jesus had delivered a man who was possessed with a devil. The man was dumb and unable to speak. The Pharisees accused Jesus of casting out the devil by using the authority of Beelzebub, the prince of the devils. (“Beelzebub” means “the god of the flies”; that is, filth and abomination.) Jesus, knowing their thoughts, rebuffs them saying that a kingdom that divides against itself will destroy itself and will fall. Kingdoms prosper when they live in harmony. Jesus rebuffs the Pharisees further by saying that they knew the man was demon possessed, and that they also had disciples who cast out demons. Jesus said that if Satan had helped Him, had he also helped the disciples of the Pharisees? Jesus plainly states that he casts out devils by the power of God. Jesus then gives an example of a man breaking into a strong man’s house. The thief cannot take valuables and property unless he first binds the strong man. Jesus tells the Pharisees, “I have subdued the strong man. I am greater than Satan.” The delivered man is proof that the kingdom of God is greater than the kingdom of the devil. Jesus has power to set people free, and the power is greater that the devil’s ability to keep people bound. Jesus further teaches that any thing or any person under the devil’s control can be taken from the devil. Jesus, the stronger, has spoiled the devil’s power and his principalities (Colossians 2:15).
Luke 11:21-22 teaches about the fully armed and strong man guarding his household. The strong man is the head of the household. Wrong spirits want to come in and do battle. Wrong spirits destroy households, they carry off the children, they cause financial hardships, and they destroy the peace of the home. Today, evil spirits are glamorized on television movies. There seems to be a great interest in the unseen world of demons. Meanwhile, judges have eliminated God out of the classrooms. Family structure is being systematically challenged and torn down. Society is not peaceful anymore. Lawlessness grows. Discipline in the home and school has almost vanished. The husband/father is the first line of defense against evil spirits coming into the home. Men are responsible before God to protect their families. (If the husband or father is absent, the authority falls to the wife or mother.) When the man of the household fails, an opening is made for evil spirits to come in. The first thing the evil spirits attack is the unity of the household to take away its peace. They will do it through immorality and unfaithfulness, heavy debt, sickness, rebellious children.
When the head of the household is strong spiritually, it limits the devil’s ability to affect the household. The devil needs to hear from the head of the household, “I am a man of God in my home.” Joshua 24:15 reads, “As for me and my house, we will serve the LORD” (KJV). Before Israel left Egypt for the Promised Land, every head of the household had to take a lamb and apply its blood on the top and sides of the door. That blood kept the destroyer out. The head of the household was responsible. The head of the household is a decision maker. The decisions heads of households make will bring blessings or curses. Homes are ruled by good decisions. The head of the household must assume responsibility and be the man of God in the home. That means he must be a praying man, a man under God, and a believing man, full of faith in the word of God.
(To be continued…)
Pastor George Belobaba
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