Today's Reading: Matthew 12: 22-50, Luke 11
Spiritual warfare is not something often taught in the main line church. And this is a shame. There are powers and pricipalities we fight on a daily basis, and most of us are unaware of their existence. We are very aware of the symptoms in our souls, just not aware of their source.
I know, I know...
Many scientists say that all the talk of demons in the Bible was really about chemical imbalances and diseases which we have now discovered and can treat with medicines.
But there are some oppressions and possessions outside the medical field. Even as a nurse I can say this. But as a Christian and a Bible reader I can believe it.
Jesus comes and drives out demons. The fact that demons exist is never in question. What is in question is "Who is Jesus?" and "By what power is he healing people?"
As Jesus gives us a glimpse into the spiritual world, he shares a parable about a house being robbed. One cannot rob and ravish a house unless one first "ties up" the "strong man." Then Jesus warns us not to blaspheme the Holy Spirit.
When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit takes up residence in our house. The more we yield our lives to Christ, the stronger his Spirit becomes inside us.
Those of us who know the Holy Spirit in our lives--his power, majesty, comfort, and revelation--would not want to "tie him up," for we know his protection of our souls.
So try to get this in your mind.
Your life and person are like a home. Jesus Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit, has come to dwell with you. He has posted guards all around you. Nothing can touch you without it being for your good or according to God's will for you. The more in cooperation we live our lives with Christ, the greater amount of the Holy Spirit's power is released in our lives.
Strong man in the house!
I love this imagery!