Binding the Strong Man

If you don’t know Jesus as Savior, he’s not in your house; get him there.

Matthew 12: 22 Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw.23 And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David? 24 But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils. 29 Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.

Great spiritual truths are shown in clarity by Jesus’ illustration.  It draws a comparison to what goes on inside and outside.  In those days everyone could go to the synagogue, even those possessed by devils.  On this particular day a man was there who was deaf, dumb and blind because of the devil.  People probably backed off from him, but they didn’t put him out.  When Jesus saw him, the Pharisees watched to see what was going to happen.  Jesus healed him.  He was able to see, speak, and hear.  The devil was out of this man’s house, and the Pharisees accused Jesus of casting out devils in the name of Beelzebub, another name for the devil. Satan can’t work against Satan.  Why would he want to?

The people had gotten used to this man’s condition; they weren’t bothered by it anymore.  There is so much sin in the lives of people today that we get used to seeing it; we’re used to even the vilest of sin.  The power of Satan is strong.  Jesus recognized it in this man as well as the hearts of the Pharisees, the religious leaders of that day.  We pass sin off by calling it something else.  Instead of calling Satan, Satan they called him Beelzebub.  You’ll never be saved until released from sin and you’ll never be released until Satan is gone.  It goes with the old saying “you can’t see the forest for the trees.”  The devil can get a hold in lives when we give into him and sin.

Satan is stronger than we are.  We can’t get him out and keep him out on our own.  If we don’t have a Savior in the house, someone will be there.  You don’t have rule over your own life.  You can say you don’t believe in God, and the devil will just laugh.  If you don’t know Jesus as Savior, one stronger has taken you hostage and filled your house with his own furniture.  This is truth!  Without Jesus there is a strong presence of Satan.  We can call it what we want, but it is the devil.  The propagator of sin is the presence of Satan in the house.  You cannot rid yourself of Satan on your own.  He’s got you tied down.  Your life is not really how you want it but how Satan wants it.  You are not free.

How is there a chance to get rid of the devil?  Jesus loves us.  The devil filled the lives of every human.  Jesus came to earth and took on humanity, took on a house of clay.  He saw the devil everywhere.  Satan pressured Jesus on every point, but he kept him out of his life and put him out of the lives of others.  Through his death he has power to save every soul that believes on him.  I don’t care how taken over your life is, there is One stronger.  Except one stronger comes in you won’t be saved.  I can’t do it for you, but Jesus can.  He came out of the tomb and is now seated at the right hand of the Father so he can bind the strong man who has power over you.  He’s able to give you back your life.  If you’re not where you should be, you don’t belong with the devil.  There is One stronger, and he’s able to break the hold.

Whenever the devil is in your house, he may have you blindfolded and gagged unable to do much about it.  Jesus can come in.  Call on him.  Jesus will hear.  He’ll come in, bind the devil, and give you your life back.  How about it?  Does a strong man have you bound?  Someone stronger can help.  Call on Jesus.  

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