PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Luke 11:24-26
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“When an impure spirit comes out of a person…” (Luke 11:24)
What exactly is Jesus talking about here?
At the time, people saw the world as filled with good and bad spirits.
Think of the good and bad spirits sometimes portrayed on peoples’ shoulders.
Impure spirits (bad, evil) never rested, always striving to mess people up.
Jesus is the language of that time, and he is speaking about sin and evil.
Since Genesis 3, we have lived in enmity with evil, always at risk or under attack.
We can try to get our minds or lives in order, but then something worse comes.
Jesus has just been accused of working for the Evil One, of being an impure spirit.
He counters that he is not making peoples’ lives worse, but better.
He is the stronger man attacking and overpowering the strong man (vv.21-22).
We need “someone stronger” to help us in our struggle against evil.
Don’t be sidetracked by pictures of demons and angels, think about your own struggle.
I am constantly under attack by negative thoughts and feelings; they keep coming back.
I need the help of someone stronger; I need Jesus to help me against my demons.
Lord, I can relate to this struggle with bad spirits – thoughts, temptations, feelings. I need cognitive behavioral help… I need you to put my mind and life in order!