Which Kingdom Do You Choose?
Day: 16 | Plan: Luke
Today’s Reading: Luke 11
Luke 11:21-22 (NIV) “When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are safe. But when someone stronger attacks and overpowers him, he takes away the armor in which the man trusted and divides up his plunder.”
Are you in conflict with a person or circumstance in your life right now? What if I told you that person, that circumstance, is not your real enemy?
Scripture makes it abundantly clear that the battles we encounter in our visible, physical world coincide with a larger battle being waged in the invisible, spiritual world. Satan plots and schemes to keep our eyes fixed on the physical so we forget, or lose faith in, the power and the name of the One who is our Savior and defender.
In Luke 11:14, Jesus exposes this unseen world by casting out a demon, unmasking and disarming our true enemy. In the very next verse, some of those watching believed Jesus’ power to cast out the demon came from Beelzebub (ruler of the demons).
Jesus, knowing their thoughts, responded with this question: Why would Satan fight against himself and undermine his own work? The very thought is absurd.
Jesus’ words set forth two forces of supernatural power—God’s kingdom and Satan’s kingdom. He reasoned that if Christ’s power didn’t originate with Satan, it obviously came from God. And if Jesus worked His healing through the power of God, God’s kingdom had come to earth in Him.
Jesus followed this question with three big, bold truths that I pray bring you great encouragement in your battles.
Satan may be strong but Christ is stronger.
“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world” (1 John 4:4).
Jesus identified Satan as a strong man, and we are wise to never underestimate his power. But he is no match for God because in Christ we have overcome the devil.
Satan is a defeated foe.
“The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work” (1 John 3:8b).
Satan’s defeating blows came through the hammer and nails at Calvary. Jesus disarmed Satan’s hold over us when He willingly gave His life for our sins.
Christ will restore and redeem what Satan has stolen.
Satan arms himself with weapons like shame, fear, guilt and deception. With those weapons, he seeks to kill, steal and destroy God’s beloved children. But God arms us with greater armor, His armor. (Ephesians 6: 10-18) It’s through that armor, Jesus wins back everything Satan has stolen from us.
I am living testimony of Christ’s words. Satan stole much from me after I was raped by an armed, masked man. He destroyed life as I knew it. But today, I stand redeemed and doubly restored because God not only healed me but also birthed and built a ministry. The gift of coming alongside women and seeing them healed and restored by Jesus.
God has given me back abundantly more than the enemy took!
Two kingdoms. Two powers. One steals and destroys. One restores and rebuilds.
Which kingdom do you choose?
Prayer: Father, thank You for Your great promises. You are the Stronger Man. Satan is the defeated foe. Greater is You who lives in me than he who lives in the world. Satan steals and destroys. You restore and rebuild. I choose You and Your kingdom. Help me to stand confidently in these truths today. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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