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Luke 11:15-26

But some of them said, 'He casts out demons by Beelzebul, the ruler of the demons.' Others, to test him, kept demanding from him a sign from heaven. But he knew what they were thinking and said to them, 'Every kingdom divided against itself becomes a desert, and house falls on house. If Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? -for you say that I cast out the demons by Beelzebul. Now if I cast out the demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your exorcists cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges. But if it is by the finger of God that I cast out the demons, then the kingdom of God has come to you. When a strong man, fully armed, guards his castle, his property is safe. But when one stronger than he attacks him and overpowers him, he takes away his armour in which he trusted and divides his plunder. Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.
'When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it wanders through waterless regions looking for a resting-place, but not finding any, it says, "I will return to my house from which I came." When it comes, it finds it swept and put in order. Then it goes and brings seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and live there; and the last state of that person is worse than the first.'

Luke 11:15-26
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    • God’s Spirit will always lead us to life and truth. Other spirits may distract us with false promises but we need not fear them when we honestly seek God’s way and follow Jesus’ words. I pray that I may respect and love those who follow God in sincerity even if they differ from me. I ask that I be alert to any voice that distracts me from my path of discipleship.
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    • What are my demons? Can I name even one of them? Whatever makes me unfree can be called a demon. Demons possess us, whereas angels liberate us for love and service. When I feel driven to work too hard, or to spend too much money on myself, I am in danger of being possessed by either urge. Lord, liberate me, please!
    • Jesus is confident that good will be victorious over evil. But he challenges me to say which side I belong to. Can he rely on me? Am I truly committed to building up God’s Kingdom? .
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    • The opposition which Jesus faced was endless. Here he argues that demons can only be cast out by ‘the finger of God’, which symbolizes divine power. With every victory over evil the kingdom of God becomes more firmly established.
    • It is said that if those in recovery from an addiction lapse into their former negative life-style, their new condition may be far worse than before. Am I resolved, with the help of God’s power, to continue to progress on the path of health and growth?
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    • Am I divided within myself, or do I try to be fully made over to Jesus as his disciple?
    • When I notice a bad spirit in my heart toward someone, I need to ask Jesus to free me.
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    • Temptations to stray off the path of Jesus are always part of life. We find ourselves challenged in all sorts of areas of life like wealth, success, sexuality, comfort, justice. The humble person knows that we can fall often, but that the real follower of Jesus is the one who can rise from a fall, and do the best in the future.