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Text: Luke (11:21,22)
Sub. The strong man of this house?
Intro: Luke makes a case for the political question of right to bear arms.
Jesus in text teaches an earthly parable to relate a heavenly message, as the Pharisee, (the forms and fashions of religion and very examples of false religion), tempted Him.
Yes, God has some yet today that have their own ideas of what religion is or should be, dismissing the word preferring their own understanding instead.
I pray no Parisian spirit among us, for tho they were religious they were not ready for heaven. To find out in the last day they were rejected.
Jesus knowing their thoughts, he knows our every thought, nothing we do or think is hidden from him, that is why I fear the Lord, he knows all about me.
Every kingdom, he taught, divided against itself will come to desolation, and the house divided against itself will fall.
His word is true for any house of division, Your own personal house can be divided against self, one part of you believing and the other not, that is why, Apostles taught fight to bring every thought unto obedience to Christ.
And the church, if we all do not hear the teaching of the pastor “It’s a house divided.” And some manner the divided house will suffer.” May take a while but the truth of the word of God will always catch up to you.
Now he further teaches, If Satan be divided against himself, how will his house stand?
But my beloved, for certain, we have found Satan’s house is not divided…all his demons doing and saying the same thing.
We know that by hearing the Sun. Morning testimony of the Saints…Yes, Satan up to same tricks to all.
They accuse Jesus of casting out Devils by the Devil, Jesus corrects that misunderstanding, saying…
That cannot be for it would mean Satan’s house is divided against itself, casting out his own demons
Now Jesus said, When a strong man , “armed” keeps his house, his goods are safe….
But when a stronger than he comes, and overcome him, he takes his armor in which he trusted and divides his spoils.
His story here, reveals the fact that he is stronger than the Devil, able to disarm him and disrupt his house and cast out his demons.
You wonder how I cast out devils…a stronger than the Devil is here.
But the story, the story, reveals another valuable truth…
It reminds us that we are not Jesus, the son of God, and there is a enemy, stronger than you and I , Satan the Prince of this world...Satan the power that once rivaled God’s. ..the anointed Cherub once perfect in all his ways…Satan a power to contend with.
A power that we can not handle by ourselves
Satan is known to take complete advantage of the powerless.
He has brought down good and mighty men and women
Made Preachers and great pastors sexual predators….Brought heads of Government and State…to disgrace
Made good social workers into welfare thieves, Good School teachers into child molesters
Made once powerful witnesses for Christ poor example of Christ.
Broken up good families, lest children without mother or father.
Put young men before grown in prison for life
Satan is a formidable foe and will if can bind the strongman….he will tear your kingdom down.
Jesus is clearly teaching here, that you got to have a strong man, the stronger than he that is in the world, living inside of you, to keep Satan from spoiling your house.
And that Stronger than he , is none other than
“Jesus” The matchless Lamb of God, who got up from the grave with “All” power in his hand
And to have Jesus on the inside is of no use, unless you know him as the “Living Word of God”
See name means nothing it’s the power behind the name. That’s why so many call on name Jesus and get no response, don’t know the Power behind the name…and any time you disbelieve God you are denying the power of that name./
That is why he said: calling name my name is useless unless you depart from iniquity, that iniquity of disobedience to my word.
Oh, but if got the strongman on the inside….I heard one say “With him I can conquer any foe”
Jesus closing his discourse with the hypocritical Pharisee…on the subject
Said: He that is not with me is “Against” me…no inbetween.
And he that gathereth not with me…scatters abroad.
Now to be with Jesus, we must be in agreement with his word..If Satan has not already spoiled our house.
And he said: If not with me you are helping Satan scatter my goods.
And don’t think Jesus does no know who is and is not his.
Truth is if hang around the Saints, everybody will know, if you are a true child of God or just a Pharisee.
Hanging around the church, but no In the church
Hanging around the Saints, but not Sanctified
For you see there are some benefits having the strong man on the inside.
If got him…
You will win and not lose
No weapon formed against you will prosper
You will call and he will answer.
You will lend and not borrow
You will enjoy long life
If you get sick, you will get well
If down , will get up
If you seek him, you will find him
Above all you will Trust and obey
It’s the benefits of the Word, the strongman in this house…have you got him”
If do, it’ll make you walk right, talk right
Do right, believe right, see right , understand right…the Word….
That makes me do right when I would do wrong
The word that guides my footsteps every day
The infallible , unchanging, irrefutable, unfailing, undefeatable, undefiled, unmatchable, unequalled word of God..it’s the strongman in my house…
And by the living word of God I cannot fail…standing.
That’s my hope..thats built on nothing less than Jesus blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frain but ….wholly lean on Jesus name