A Divided House cannot Stand!!!
Then one was brought to Him who was demon-possessed, blind and mute; and He healed him, so that the blind and mute man both spoke and saw. And all the multitudes were amazed and said, “Could this be the Son of David?” Now when the Pharisees heard it they said, “This fellow does not cast out demons except by Beelzebub,the ruler of the demons.” But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand. If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand? And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges. But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you. Or how can one enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house. He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad……. Matthew 12:22-30
In our previous study, we were exhorted to Look carefully at Jesus as Our example. He never quarreled or shouted at People. He never advertised Himself as a great Healer. He will never cast anyone off who repents and turn to Him. He will fan to flame any smoking flax who turns to Him. Here we see Jesus casting a Demon out of a Man and saying something about the Kingdom of Satan. Let us therefore open up our Hearts to receive Instructions for the mouth of our Lord.
Then one was brought to Him who was demon-possessed, blind and mute; and He healed him, so that the blind and mute man both spoke and saw: This teaches that Demons can make a man both blind and dumb. It is not the case that every Blind and dumb person is Demon possessed. There are some born blind, and there are others born dumb. So we need to be sensitive in the Spirit to discern if a blindness or dumbness is as a result of Demons, lest we make foolish mistakes like some do. This is also a picture of a Soul who is in the Devils possession. Whenever the Devil gets a Soul, it is to make Such person Blind to the things of God. For Satan seeks to blind people’s mind from seeing the Glory of Christ in the Gospel(2 Corinthians 4:4). The Devil also seeks to shut people’s mouth from singing Praise to the Lord. Oh what a terrible condition is the Life of those who have not responded to the Gospel of the Son of God which is Christ Jesus. When such a Soul comes in contact with Jesus, He is Healed for Jesus came to destroy the works of Devil. When Satan’s power is broken over a Soul, their eyes are opened to See the Glory of God in the Face of Jesus and their Lips are opened to Worship and adore the Lord. Let us therefore cry out to the Lord if we discover that we can’t see the beauty of Christ In the Pages of the Bible. Let us plead with Him, when we find it difficult to sing his Praise. For whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved(Acts 2 :21)
And all the multitudes were amazed and said, “Could this be the Son of David?”Now when the Pharisees heard it they said, “This fellow does not cast out demons except by Beelzebub,the ruler of the demons.”: The Miracles of Jesus was an attestation that He was the Son of David that they have all been expecting. The Miracles woke the Multitude convictions to enquire if this was the Messiah. All that we read about Jesus shouted awaken us to want to know more of Him. But when the Pharisees heard it, they could not bear it. When they saw a Miracle that they could not deny, they said “Truly He cast out demons, but He was able to do that because He has a contract with Beelzebub, the Prince of Demons” They were unwilling to accept the Truth. They have so much hardened themselves because they were offended that Jesus exposed their Hypocrisy and powerlessness. The Pharisees were Jealous of Jesus Ministry. Today we have Preachers like this who cannot bear to see Someone else drawing people to a better Gospel. They want the admiration for themselves and their Jealousy makes them Judge others and always looking for a Way to paint a bad picture of other people’s Ministry. Let us therefore be ready to be called by the worst name on Earth. For if they call our Master, “Prince of Demons”, how much more we who are members of His Household? The world will not treat us better if we walk in the Footsteps of Jesus.
But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand”: The Lord knows the thought of our Hearts, He knows exactly what we are thinking about. Let us therefore guide our hearts with diligence lest we judge people in our hearts and dishonor the Lord with our thoughts. And Here Jesus stated a Very important Principle, “Any Kingdom or House Divided against Itself will not stand” Every Church, Every Country, Every organisation, Every Home where there is division will never stand. No matter how much you try, once there is division, it will definitely come to desolation. Many Homes have been ruined because of the Division between the Father and the Mother. Many children have suffered because their parents are always fighting and quarreling. Many churches have been ruined because there was division among the Members. Indeed every Kingdom Divided against itself will not stand!!! Rightly did Galatians 5:15 says, ” If you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another!” Let us therefore be Men and women of peace, lest we bring our Home to ruin.
If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand? And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges: Satan has got a United Kingdom under his headship, there is no Demon in Satan’s Kingdom fighting against Satan’s purposes. This is an amazing thing!!! This is a Challenge and a rebuke to Christians and church concerning the matter of Unity. Of course we cannot be United with those who do not accept the Truth of God’s word, but we can be United based on the Truth of God’s word. Jesus never sacrificed Truth for the sake of Unity. He was not united with the Pharisees since they rejected the truth. But on the basis of Truth, Christians are to be United. Satan knows that a Kingdom that is Divided cannot stand, that is why He seeks to cause division among different Homes and Churches. Christians are suppose to be fighting for the Glory of God but they are fighting with one another. Satan is not so foolish like some Churches. Satan’s Kingdom is United!!! For Satan does not cast out Satan. If Satan cast out Satan, then How shall it’s Kingdom stand?
Then Jesus said,” And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out?” in other words, there were people in Israel casting out demons but not by the Power of the Holy Spirit Like Jesus. Even Today, there are people who cast out demons not in the name of Jesus or the power of God. We can then ask ourselves, “How is that possible? Is Satan divided against Satan? Is Satan casting out Satan?” Definitely No!!! This is one of Satan’s masterpiece of Deception. He allows some Demons to posses a Man and then through another one of His own Agents, He cast out those Demons so that this Agent of His gets Honour as a Powerful Man of God. This is not Satan casting out Satan, instead it is Satan Deceiving People by entering someone as a Demon and then leaving that person in other to Lift up his agent as a servant of God when He is actually a Servant of Satan. It is a counterfeit done to deceive those who do not know the word of God. It happened in Israel, and it is more rampant in Today’s Christianity. He who has ears, let Him Hear.
But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you: Here Jesus says, “As for Me, I cast out Demons by the Spirit of God” Casting out demons is one of the manifestation of the Kingdom of God. In this Kingdom, we have authority in the name of Jesus to cast out Demons. They have no power, particularly now that they have been defeated at Calvary. When You see a Demon Man, ask Yourself “Is there any Demon in this Man that was not defeated at Calvary? Not One Definitely!!” All Demons has been defeated on Calvary. If we have Faith that Jesus has conquered them, then We can cast them out in Jesus name. If we don’t have faith and lack devotion to God in place of prayers and fasting, then we can’t(Matt 17:21).
How can one enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house: The Strong Man is of course Satan, and His properties are Every Man born of the race of Adam. But Jesus has come to take that which is the Devil’s properties and makes it God’s properties. But You can’t do that Unless You first binds the Strong Man. This is why Jesus overcame Satan on the Cross, then He could take away His properties. If we don’t believe and not convinced of this Fact that Satan has been Judged already(John 16:8-11). Then it would be impossible to carry off Satan’s properties. Let us therefore be fully convinced in the Victory of Our Lord Jesus Christ on Calvary’s Cross. So that we can take away what rightfully belongs to us that is in Devils possession.
He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad: If You are not for Christ, then You are definitely against Him even if you do nothing, If You are not for Christ, then You are For the Devil. You can’t be Neutral here. Also, if You don’t gather into the Harvest with Jesus, then whether you know it or not, You are scattering. Well, you may say, “I am not Scattering, I am just doing nothing”. Well hear this, “If You are not gathering along Jesus to build the Kingdom. If you are not doing Everything in cooperation with Jesus to build the Church as the Body of Christ, then You are scattering. You can scatter Just by doing nothing!!! This is an amazing statement. Many Christians will be shocked when Christ comes again and say to them “You were scattering what I was trying to build by you doing nothing!!!” it is the people who do nothing that hinders God’s work. Let us therefore know this, that in this Battle of Christ Versus Satan, there is no such thing as a “Neutral Position”. You have to be actively on Jesus side to avoid being on the Devil side. We are either for the Lord or against the Lord!!!
Dear Friend, Don’t be discouraged if people call you bad names because of your stand for the Lord. Remember Your Master Jesus was called the “Prince of Demons”. Be a Peace Maker!! For a House divided against itself cannot stand. Remember that Satan has been defeated on the Cross, therefore take charge of His Possession that was stolen from all Humanity!!! Be actively involved in this Heavenly Business. Get involved in preparing others for the coming of the Lord. For if you don’t gather along with Him, then You are scattering what He is building. May none of Us be guilty of Scattering the Work of the Lord by doing Nothing. (Amen). God bless you. Have a blessed day.
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