Luke 11:14-28

Luke 11:14-28

Part of obeying the Word is admitting that you have sin, admitting that you have problems in your life, admitting that you need God to clean up your mess. It's part of obeying the Word. It's not that we're going to be perfect. God wants to bless us by engaging us in His Word.It’s not by our own authority. We do not stand in our own strength and our own authority when we face this world around us. When we step outside of these doors and we encounter the world, it is not in our own strength that we’re going to stand. There is not one of us, without the power of God’s Holy Spirit, that can stand against the onslaught of this world. We will fall to it every time…because we can not stand in the face of the world in our own strength and our own flesh. But we can overcome because, guess what? The kingdom of God has come amongst us. The power and the authority of that kingdom indwells us if we receive Jesus into our life. As we walk in that power and authority, then the world can not harm us. It can throw its fiery darts at us. We may be uncomfortable from time to time. I’m not saying that life is going to be rosy for you. In fact, you can be very uncomfortable in this life, but have victory over the battle that’s raging around you. You will not be defeated by it if you’re standing in the name of Jesus…

There is no Switzerland in the battle between the kingdom of heaven and Satan. By not choosing Jesus, you have already chosen the world. Already. And you are a house, and there are very strong demonic forces that would take over that house and would fight tooth and nail to keep the possessions that they have. But when a stronger Man comes, when a stronger Opponent comes — and guess what? There is none stronger than Jesus — that strong man [Satan] looses and his armor is stripped away… Then He [Jesus] says, “He who is not with me is against Me.” Guess what? If you are not with Jesus, you are against Him, and you will be scattered if you are not gathering with Him…

If you are trying to deal with spiritual things in your life or in other peoples’ lives, and you are not doing it in the Name and the strength and the power and the authority of Jesus Christ, you are playing with things that you do not understand…

Like I said, there is no neutral ground. You either have the Holy Spirit of God in you, or you have the world in you and all that comes with this world. And what comes with this world are the demonic hordes that are seeking to destroy us… Jesus is truly the only Strong Man that can overpower the wickedness that grows inside of men, but it’s got to be done in Him, and we must gather with Him because once we gather with Him, we allow Him to come in, then the house is filled. Satan will not come into a house where Jesus is dwelling. He can not. He will not…

Jesus is making a point to us. We need Him. We need His power. We need His authority. We need His involvement in our life. Without His involvement, we are lost to this world. We are lost to the decay that comes from this world. And we could end up in a far worse mess in the end if we’re not walking in the name and the person of Jesus Christ than when we started the walk to begin with. Don’t play with religion. Don’t go to church just to go to church and feel good…

Part of obeying the Word is confessing your sin. Part of obeying the Word is admitting that you have sin, admitting that you have problems in your life, admitting that you need God to clean up your mess. It’s part of obeying the Word. It’s not that we’re going to be perfect. God wants to bless us by engaging us in His Word and showing us our lives and showing us the messes that we’ve made; showing us how the world has entered in and corrupted us. And once we’ve engaged His Word, the blessing comes.

Dave Elkins

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