A House Divided

 

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I’ve seen it happen to people too many times.  Jesus warns us. Do we not take Him seriously enough? He is the truth. A house divided will not stand. Although Jesus has been accused of casting out the devil by the power of Beelzebub, He turns to them and says that even the devil knows if he casts out devils, it divides his house. If the devil’s house or kingdom can be toppled with confusion and chaos, disagreement, sin, every evil work, what about ours?

Jesus is truly the only hope we have to keep our house in order, clean and swept? Like the widow with the lost coin, He will help us to recover anything we have lost. Jesus warns about demons, how they leave and return with seven worse than before. That it is important to let go of anger, bitterness, and unforgiveness. Let go of what causes you to walk in anything but what the Holy Spirit would have you to, the fruit of the Spirit.

Jesus knew that all the spirits that tormented people would leave at His command and even ours using His name but that if there was no attempt to change their ways, no infilling of God’s Word, or no filling of the Spirit, that after a time, the spirits would return and make the situation even worse. But the devil is not casting  himself out. And he will not divide his house.

Jesus also tells a parable of a man who builds his house upon the sand, a foolish man. When the storms of life came and battered the house, it came crashing down. It was demolished. It could have been a literal storm and a literal man that he was talking about, but it was also a metaphor for life. Jesus is a master storyteller. And on the other side, He explains that the other man built his house upon the rock, when the rains came pounding in a sideways spray or like the hurricanes we’ve seen. The house held. The house on the rock stood firm. That’s why the psalmist writes saying to lead me to the rock that is higher that I. Jesus is our rock.

Let’s look at a verse that is from Jeremiah concerning Israel, but hope of restoration. Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love. Therefore with loving kindness I have drawn you. Again I will  build you and you shall be rebuilt. Jeremiah 31:3, 4

And here is the story from Mark 3, Jesus had healed a man on the Sabbath and here come the Pharisees.  A crowd gathers and the disciples could not even eat. His family comes after Him, they think He is crazy. But He perceived their thoughts, verse 22…

And the teachers of the law who came down from Jerusalem said, “He is possessed by Beelzebub! By the prince of demons he is driving out demons.”

So Jesus called them over to him and began to speak to them in parables: “How can Satan drive out Satan?

 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.

If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.

And if Satan opposes himself and is divided, he cannot stand; his end has come.

In fact, no one can enter a strong man’s house without first tying him up. Then he can plunder the strong man’s house.

Truly I tell you, people can be forgiven all their sins and every slander they utter,

but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; they are guilty of an eternal sin.”

He said this because they were saying, “He has an impure spirit.”

A lot of people are unsure of spiritual gifts, Jesus understood, but He also know that He was sent to save and heal, if only we could believe. Now, people want to lump the devil into superstition and many dismiss Christians as crazy, but they thought that too. The devil isn’t doing miracles. Oh, you may have heard that the Anti-Christ will, but we are not there and that is just a final deception of those who will not believe in the first place, there will be some saved during the Tribulation, it’s a lot easier now. Just believe and ask, follow Jesus a and he will always be near. I must add about blasphemy, many people worry about that sin, this was specific to the people He was addressing, we as believers, know more about the person and work of the Holy Spirit. Believers should not worry about this, the enemy will put that fear in you to avoid receiving. But I would caution, if you don’t understand, don’t say anything.

He knows it takes two be in agreement, to walk together. His yoke is easy and His burden light, and He is the rock to build upon, if the gates of hell would not destroy Peter’s ministry, it certainly will not destroy Jesus. He is the place to build your house, and it will be a true home. Rebecca Jones

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