Luke 11 Part 2–Driving Out Demons and Looking for Unity

After such a great insight on prayer, Luke moves to another critical kingdom topic, unity.  Jesus was crossing Israel and simply teaching truth and restoring lives.  The religious leaders could not stand it.  They hated the competition, but worse, they hated seeing God working and them not getting the glory for it.  So, on this day, Jesus drives a demon out of a man that has closed his mouth.  When Jesus drives the demon out, of course, the man starts praising God.  The Jewish leaders start accusing Jesus of driving demons out by the power of the head demon–Satan.

Jesus laughs at them.  He reminds them that a house divided against itself will not stand.  Satan defeating Satan is a ridiculous proposition.  What Jesus does not say; but clearly infers, however, is “It is almost as ridiculous as God’s religious leadership attacking God’s Messiah…”  Jesus does call them out, however, He points out that if God is using Him to drive out demons, they would have to admit that He is sent by God.  They would rather make a ridiculous statement than do that.  I am sure it was painful to see such self-righteous men miss God when God was standing among them!

In our world, we see the same disunity.  Churches get bent and divided when great things are happening–simply because the great things are not following leadership’s Standard Operating Procedure.  SOP is code for the leadership is not getting the credit.  As a family, God’s people must unify, pray, and live in a manner worthy of the Gospel.  We must be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.  We must walk as Christ’s ambassadors.  We live and speak in a way that brings God glory and honor.  In that life, the church will endure and grow to lead the world to a relationship with God.  We will be that nation of priests that God had in mind when He chose us as His own.

Unity with a focus on God will win the day.  That can only happen if we will cling to the notion that God is God, and we are not! 

God Bless You


Jesus was driving out a demon that was mute. When the demon left, the man who had been mute spoke, and the crowd was amazed. 15 But some of them said, “By Beelzebul, the prince of demons, he is driving out demons.” 16 Others tested him by asking for a sign from heaven.

17 Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them: “Any kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and a house divided against itself will fall. 18 If Satan is divided against himself, how can his kingdom stand? I say this because you claim that I drive out demons by Beelzebul. 19 Now if I drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your followers drive them out? So then, they will be your judges. 20 But if I drive out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.

21 “When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are safe. 22 But when someone stronger attacks and overpowers him, he takes away the armor in which the man trusted and divides up his plunder.

23 “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.

24 “When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ 25 When it arrives, it finds the house swept clean and put in order. 26 Then it goes and takes seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first.”

27 As Jesus was saying these things, a woman in the crowd called out, “Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you.”

28 He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”

I Samuel 17 part 3–What to Wear When Facing a Giant

Growing up in the country has a tendency to make one look at life more simply. When one has a task to complete you do not take courses, read books, hire consultants and buy a bunch of equipment.  Instead you assess the situation, take what’s near and trust your instincts and proceed.  That was David’s approach to defending Israel.  When he was commissioned by the King, he was Armed with the Kings finest armor, given the Kings very sword and helmet and coached by the King to use the equipment.  But David knew he was not used to that stuff so he set it aside, picked up some rocks and faced the giant with the one thing he knew would affect the outcome—God.

When life seems filled with Giants, we often prepare for battle by employing the newest tools, latest theories and counsel from the best and brightest.  We try methods and theories that for our purposes simply do not seem to fit and are extremely uncomfortable.  What we should prepare for battle is a few simple tools—a Shield of faith, the sword of the spirit—(God’s word) and the helmet of salvation.  Like David, we walk into battle armed with the one thing that assures victory—God. 

It is great to read and grow knowledgeable in theology and life tools. The clear truth is, however, that without the Lord being in charge, all other tools become obsolete! Help me Lord to trust you and follow your leadership.

God Bless You

Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you.”

38 Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head. 39 David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them.

“I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.” So he took them off. 40 Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine.

41 Meanwhile, the Philistine, with his shield bearer in front of him, kept coming closer to David. 42 He looked David over and saw that he was little more than a boy, glowing with health and handsome, and he despised him. 43 He said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. 44 “Come here,” he said, “and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and the wild animals!”

45 David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. 47 All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”

1 Samuel 9 The People’s King

The people’s king—Saul a Benjaminite left to find his father’s donkeys.  But God had a bigger plan.  He led him straight to Samuel and he prepped Samuel to meet the 1st human King of Israel.  He was the perfect pick from man’s point of view.  Tall, Strong and Handsome.  He was a good kid that was concerned for his Father and his father’s stock.  He was a strong warrior and was not a male Diva.  But, he was not God.  That was the point.  The people of Israel were ready to trade their life of freedom following their heavenly father—for following a good man.  While that choice does not sound horrific on its face, it is horrific.  It is horrific because there simply is no good second choice other than following god.

In our lives, we often are faced with the challenge of choosing between God and Good.  They seem so close.  They are only a letter apart…BUT!!!!! That difference is the beginning of the end of close fellowship with the Lord. It always starts with a slight deviation but, then like a snowball, as it progresses it moves more quickly and grows more giant and out of control.  We are simply not capable of dabbling in idol worship.  When we begin to replace God, we quickly replace him completely.  We embrace things we once abhorred.  We overlook things we used to stand against.  No one wakes up one day and says I want to disassociate from God—it is a slow progression that requires great pain and change to reverse.  It is simply best and easiest to seek him and him only.  Simple, freeing and complete.

Do Not Replace God With ANYONE or ANYTHING!

God Bless You

9 There was a Benjamite, a man of standing, whose name was Kish son of Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of Bekorath, the son of Aphiah of Benjamin. Kish had a son named Saul, as handsome a young man as could be found anywhere in Israel, and he was a head taller than anyone else…14 They went up to the town, and as they were entering it, there was Samuel, coming toward them on his way up to the high place.

15 Now the day before Saul came, the Lord had revealed this to Samuel: 16 “About this time tomorrow I will send you a man from the land of Benjamin. Anoint him ruler over my people Israel; he will deliver them from the hand of the Philistines. I have looked on my people, for their cry has reached me.”

17 When Samuel caught sight of Saul, the Lord said to him, “This is the man I spoke to you about; he will govern my people.”