Lent 23

14 Now he was casting out a demon that was mute. When the demon had gone out, the mute man spoke, and the people marveled. 15 But some of them said, “He casts out demons by Beelzebul, the prince of demons,” 16 while others, to test him, kept seeking from him a sign from heaven. 17 But he, knowing their thoughts, said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and a divided household falls. 18 And if Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you say that I cast out demons by Beelzebul. 19 And if I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges. 20 But if it is by the finger of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. 21 When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are safe; 22 but when one stronger than he attacks him and overcomes him, he takes away his armor in which he trusted and divides his spoil. 23 Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.

Luke 11:14-23

They accused Jesus of casting out by Satan. Jesus, very plainly, let’s them know that together we stand and divided we fall. A house that stands against itself will always fall.

What is so amazing about this section of scripture is the last sentence, “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather scatters. Jesus shares a tidbit of wisdom, a key, to Satan and to Himself. Jesus always gathers, pulls together, and guards unity. Satan always scatters, shatters, and breaks unity.

Where have you been scattering?
How can you move to gathering?

Father, forgive me for the ways I have scattered and not been for unity. I repent of my anger, hurt, accusing, and unforgiveness. Help me to draw close to You as I also draw close to others. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

All is grace,


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