So here it is – the Messiah has come and broken into the tyrant’s house. Satan is not safe and has lost his armor. All the ways that the Devil has conquered the earth is being undone. Jesus is clearly demonstrating that the power of God is greater than the power of the Devil.
Those who oppose Jesus are against God. If anyone does not join in Jesus’ gathering work, they are actually doing the opposite. While Jesus gathers good things into his Father’s Kingdom, his opponents scatter and divide. They are the terrorists against God’s House.
Think back to the man who had been mute. The demon had come into his life and silenced him. He had no voice. He was disconnected from the community. Jesus came to give him a voice. He restored the man in a way that brought glory to God. Every time the man would speak, people would remember that it was a miracle sign of Emmanuel – God is with us!
The Kingdom of God has been restored its voice. The muted Kingdom can now be heard in all the earth.
The message of God’s Kingdom must be voiced to all people in every generation. The good news needs to spread that the Devil’s tyranny is being overthrown and cannot stand.
But like the house in Abraham Lincoln’s time, it is possible to have a house divided against itself. In our lives we must become decisive in surrendering our lives and influence entirely to the just cause. We cannot proclaim the freedom of Christ and at the same time make allowances for the slavery of the Devil’s kingdom. The apostle Paul gave ways to avoid letting the Devil get a foothold in your life.
We cannot stay half-slave and half-free. To follow Jesus will take us out of the dark kingdom into His light. The Devil lives to accuse God’s children and to promote destruction. The acid test of discipleship is found in learning to control our communication and turn our lives into truly benefitting others.
Footholds are vulnerabilities. How have you left yourself vulnerable to devilish influence? If the enemy can get a foot up, he will hop on and ride you into the ground.
Footholds are areas that we have not surrendered to God. As we pray ‘deliver us from evil’ let us be mindful of whom we are praying to. We are praying to the Father who is setting up His Kingdom in us.