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Cleaning and Guarding the Spiritual Home
Bible Passage Luke 11: 14-32
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2022 & book Luke.

Cleaning and Guarding the Spiritual Home

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached March 11, 2022

SCRIPTURE 📖
14 Jesus was driving a demon out of a man who was unable to talk. When the demon had gone out, the man began to speak, and the crowds were amazed.

15 But some of them said, “He drives out demons by Beelzebul, the ruler of the demons.”

16 Others, wanting to test Jesus, kept asking him for a sign from heaven.

17 Since he knew what they were thinking, he told them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is devastated, and a divided household collapses.

18 Now, if Satan is divided against himself, how can his kingdom last? After all, you say that I drive out demons by Beelzebul.

19 If I drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your own followers drive them out? That is why they will be your judges!

20 But if I drive out demons by the power of God, then the kingdom of God has come to you.

21 “When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own mansion, his property is safe.

22 But when a stronger man than he attacks and defeats him, the stronger man strips off that man’s armor in which he trusted and then divides his plunder.

23 “The person who isn’t with me is against me, and the person who doesn’t gather with me scatters.”

24 “Whenever an unclean spirit goes out of a person, it wanders through dry places looking for a place to rest but doesn’t find any. So it says, ‘I will go back to my home that I left.’

25 When it gets back home, it finds it swept clean and put in order.

26 Then it goes and brings with it seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they all go in and settle there. And so the final condition of that person is worse than the first.”

27 As Jesus was saying this, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and told him, “How blessed is the womb that gave birth to you and the breasts that nursed you!”

28 But he said, “Instead, how blessed are those who hear God’s word and obey it!”

29 Now as the crowds continued to throng around Jesus, he went on to say, “This people living today are an evil generation. It craves a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah,

30 because just as Jonah became a sign to the people of Nineveh, so the Son of Man will be a sign to this generation.

31 The queen of the south will stand up at the judgment and condemn the people living today, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon. But look, something greater than Solomon is here!

32 The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment and condemn the people living today, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah. But look, something greater than Jonah is here!”

BACKGROUND
When people hate you, they go all out to discredit you. On the occasion when Jesus cast out demons, the Pharisees accused Him of doing it by the power of Satan, the prince of demons. Because of hatred, even the work of Jesus is attributed to the devil. That’s blasphemy, a serious offense.

Jesus replied that if the prince of demons used his own power to cast out demons, he would be creating a civil war in his own kingdom. He would be destroying himself. The only way a strong man can be defeated is if a stronger man overpowers him. In casting out demons Jesus showed that he was stronger than Satan. His reign, which would result in the destruction of Satan, had begun.

Again the Pharisees asked Jesus to perform a miracle as a sign that He was the Messiah, and again Jesus refused. The only sign would be His resurrection from the dead, which would be the Father’s unmistakable confirmation that Jesus was His Son. This, Jesus, is referred to as the sign of Jonah.

By their rejection of Jesus, they were guaranteeing that on the judgment day they would be in a far worse position than the heathen.

The queen of the Gentile kingdom of Sheba recognized Solomon’s wisdom, and the people of the heathen city of Nineveh repented at Jonah’s preaching, but the Jews of Jesus’ time stubbornly refused to accept Him as the Messiah.

LESSONS✍🏽
🔷 Those who hate and envy you will not be victorious forever.

🔷 We are blessed when we obey the word of God and act on His instructions

🔷 God has given us authority over evil spirits, to cast them out and overcome them

 

PRAYER POINTS🙏🏽
💥 Pray against any attack of the kingdom of God
💥Pray for peace in Ukraine

CONCLUSION📙
We must praise God for good works, and remain united to become stronger to push the agenda of the kingdom of God. When we repent and follow Christ, we will become members of His household and partakers in His kingdom.

 

AMEN

In series Bright Morning Reflections