Day 18 - The Strong Man to Overcome or Become | Our King and the Kingdom of God 21-Day Devotional

Saturday, March 27, 2021 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Scripture Reading:
Luke 11:20 But if I cast out demons with the finger of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you. 21 When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are in peace. 22 But when a stronger than he comes upon him and overcomes him, he takes from him all his armor in which he trusted, and divides his spoils.

The context of this statement was Jesus commenting on what leads to a defeated, divided house. The religious leaders criticized Jesus for having a demon and being inauthentic BECAUSE he cast out demons. Jesus responded that it was impossible for a "house" to function when divided against itself. He then gave the illustration recorded in verses 21-22.

Many interpret the "strong man" as a demonic or evil presence. I think that the strong man is the dominant power in one's "house" or life. This may be a positive or negative power.

If the objective is to overcome a house, or person, one must first get past the strong man who protects it. When there is an evil or demonic power "guarding" it, we must overcome that evil power in Jesus' name. On the other hand, if YOU are the "strong man" protecting your own life or home, don't allow yourself to be bound, which leads to defeat and division in your house or life.

Jesus' point was that strong forces can only be overcome by stronger forces.

Overcome in Christ's name when you need to. Don't be overcome when you are called upon to take a stand.

Reflection Question:
1. What "strong man" do you need to overcome?
2. How do you need to be strong and guard your life and loved ones?