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Saturday, Seventh Week of Easter May 22, 2021

IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL


READ: Luke 11:14-23


“But he, knowing their thoughts, said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and a divided household falls.” Luke 11:17



This section of Luke tells of a poor man who had been silenced by a demon. He was unable to speak, either to other people or even to God. This was the work of Satan in his life. Satan’s goal is to keep us from communicating meaningfully with each other and especially with God. Thankfully, Jesus has power to overrule Satan and his goals.


Some who witnessed the miracle attributed Jesus’ power to Beelzebul*, the prince of demons (aka Satan). They denied that He was the Son of God. So, the only other explanation was that He was a tool of Satan.


Jesus pointed out how irrational their thinking was. Satan had bound the man’s tongue so that he could not praise God. Why would Satan then undo the man’s tongue so that he could now speak and praise God? That made no sense at all.

Jesus corrects his accusers by saying that casting out demons means that the kingdom has arrived (11:20). He was doing his work “by the finger of God.” This is a reference to when the Pharaoh’s magicians saw the miracles that were being done by God through Moses, said to Pharaoh, “This is the finger of God” (Exodus 8:19). Jesus wanted the people to understand that the source of his power was the same as the source of Moses’ power.


There are warnings for us in these 11 verses. Do not oppose his work. “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.” (verse 23). Our Lord is speaking of those who refused to join and become His disciples.


The bottom line? There is no neutrality with Jesus. The source of His power is either God or Satan. The source of Jesus’ power is either God or Satan. If His power is from God, as it most certainly is, then we submit to him as our Lord and Savior. If we do not believe that Jesus’ power is from God, then we are siding with Satan.


We are either for Jesus or against Jesus. There is no neutral ground. If we are for Jesus, then his Spirit lives in us, and our soul is secure.


Christ must dwell in our hearts by faith. It is either Jesus or Beelzebul. Will you be all for Jesus?


“Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come, Let this blest assurance control, That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate, And hath shed His own blood for my soul. It is well with my soul.”

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*A proper name for Satan but blasphemous slander when used for Jesus Christ.


Chris Wethman,

Interim President


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