THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS


DAILY DEVOTIONS

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Two young brothers talked Mom into getting them a hamster. They named him Danny. About 3 months later, the "new" had worn off, and Mom was doing all the caretaking for Danny.

Mom had promised the boys that if they didn't take care of the hamster, she would find another home for him. So she called around and found someone who would take Danny. Then she called the boys and told them they were going to have to take Danny to a new home.

Neither of the boys seemed terribly upset at all. One of them said, "Well, he's been around a long time, and we hate to see him have to go." The other said, "If he didn't eat so much and wasn't so messy we could probably keep him."

Then Mom said, "Ok. Go get the cage, it's time to take Danny to his new home."

Both boys squealed in surprise, "DANNY! Oh! We thought you said DADDY!"

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Luke 11:14-23
14 And he was casting out a devil, and it was dumb. And it came to pass, when the devil was gone out, the dumb spake; and the people wondered.
15 But some of them said, He casteth out devils through Beelzebub the chief of the devils.
16 And others, tempting him, sought of him a sign from heaven.
17 But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth.
18 If Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? because ye say that I cast out devils through Beelzebub.
19 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your sons cast them out? therefore shall they be your judges.
20 But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you.
21 When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace:
22 But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils.
23 He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth.
KJV

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In the story of cleansing the evil spirit from the "dumb" man, Jesus is doing some "house cleaning." The man had been unable to speak, but now Jesus' healing had given him the ability to speak.

Nothing in this account tells us that the man had been saved first. In fact, it is not mentioned that the man was a believer. And I think this was done on purpose.

You see, the focus of this particular passage is on the power of our Lord Jesus Christ to command ALL THINGS! He can command both to the just and the unjust, to the saved and the unsaved, to the believing and the unbelieving.

In the parallel account in Matthew 12, the Bible tells us that the man was blind AND dumb. It also says he was BROUGHT to Jesus. It does not say that he CAME to Jesus. The spiritually "blind" cannot see their sin, and cannot speak of truth.

Let us understand that if you want your lost friends healed from their infirmities - PRAY! And if you want them healed from their sins - PRAY! BRING them to Jesus in prayer, and He will heal according to His divine will.

Jesus commands ALL things!
The lost are under the command of the devil.
And Jesus can CLEAN HOUSE!

Now, the crux of the story leads us to Jesus' statement in verse 23, "He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth."

When a lost sinner is brought before Jesus, then he is brought face to face with his sin. Then that person is left alone to consider his sin and the consequences of sin. And the consequences of sin are that a man who has not set his heart FOR Jesus is AGAINST Jesus!

People need to know that Jesus commands ALL THINGS - salvation and condemnation. People need to be brought to Jesus for a "house cleaning!"

The question is, are you on the BRINGING side or on the SCATTERING side?

Love ya,
Bruce