THE STRONGER OVER THE STRONG

Pastor Floyd Koenig

Lk. 11:14-23

Text vv. 21-22

INTRODUCTION

- Here Christ declares Himself to be the Messiah by His power over Satan.

- Our text presents us with a picture of man in his sinful state.

- The Lord Jesus came into the world to destroy the works of the Devil.

“He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil” (I Jn.3:8).

- The same Savior who encourages us to pray is the Savior who destroys Satan’s power over our members, and restores our tongues to their proper use.

In casting out the devils, Christ was really destroying their power.

The heart of every unconverted sinner is the devil’s palace, where he dwells, and where he rules.

There is a kind of peace in the heart of an unconverted soul, while the devil, as a strong man armed, keeps it.

The sinner feels secure. He has no doubt concerning the goodness of his state, nor does he have any dread of the judgment to come.

But what a wonderful change takes place when the sinner is converted. When a soul is converted by the grace of God, Christ is victorious over the devil, and He quickens that soul to new spiritual life.

Christ sets the sinner free, and gives him the desire and ability to faithfully serve his God.

Jesus Christ becomes his Lord.

I. SATAN REIGNS IN THE HEART OF THE UNSAVED PERSON (Lk. 11:21)

• Through the fall, man became the servant of sin, and Satan rules in his heart (Rom. 5:12; 8:7-8; Eph. 2:2-3).

A. THE SPIRIT OF SATAN IS THE STRONG MAN (Lk. 11:21).

1. Samson the strong man fell victim to the stronger fiend.

- Though he could slay a lion, the lion of the pit overcame him.

2. Solomon, the wisest of men, was outwitted by Satan.

3. Satan is cunning and he knows our weaknesses.

- If it were not for the power of Christ, Satan would overwhelm us with his wisdom and power (Eph. 6:12).

B. THIS STRONG MAN IS ARMED (v.21)

1. His key weapon is the LIE (Jn. 8:44).

- The sword of god’s Word is the TRUTH, but the sword of the devil is the LIE.

a. Satan overthrew Adam and Eve from a perfect state with a lie (Gen. 3).

b. He continues to deceive man with his lies.

- He tells some that they are too young to think of death and hell.

- He assures others that they are too late, for the day of grace is over.

- He assures others that baptism, church membership or good works is sufficient.

- He tries to deceive and discourage us in many ways.

He will lie to us about God: he will lie to us about each other, and he will even lie to God about us.

- He tempts us to doubt God and His Word...

2. Satan also uses the arrows of pleasure, pride, the lust of the flesh, the desire for wealth and fame, etc.

C. SATAN ARMS THE HEART OF THE UNSAVED.

- The stronger warrior “taketh from him all his armor wherein he trusted” (v.22).

1. Satan uses prejudice, ignorance, and evil education to keep men in darkness.

2. The person who has a hard heart, seared conscience, and a habit of sin is not going to be moved by anything outside of DIVINE POWER.

3. This is why we must PREACH CHRIST.

- The Gospel is the only thing that will break through this armor (Rom. 1:16; I Cor. 1:18).

D. THE STRONG MAN CLAIMS POSSESSION OF THE HEART OF THE UNSAVED.

“He keepeth his palace...” (v.21).

- If Satan can control your mind, he can control you.

- As long as the Devil controls what you hear and what you see, he will control you!!!

1. He holds sovereign rule over the unsaved.

He rules “his palace.”

2. While he is in possession of the human heart, he says to his servant, “GO,” and he goes, and he says “COME,” and he comes.

3. Satan puts his claim on all the powers of man.

- He is taken captive by him at his will (II Tim 2:26).

- His mouth will curse.

- His eyes shall lust after vanity.

- His feet are swift in going to mischief.

- His hands shall do the work of Satan.

4. Unsaved man is the slave of sin.

“Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin” (Jn. 8:34).

II. THE UNSAVED MAN IS AT PEACE WITH THE WORLD

“His goods are in peace” (v.21).

A. HE IS IN LOVE WITH THE WORLD.

B. HE IS UNDISTURBED.

1. His conscience does not prick him.

2. God does not alarm him.

3. The thoughts of hell never disturb him.

- Satan says “peace, peace!!!”

- The preaching of the Gospel is the only thing that will disturb this peace.

III. THE STRONGER MAN BRINGS TRUE CONVERSION (v.22)

A. WHEN THE STRONGER MAN (THE LORD) COMES IN, THE FIRST THING HE DOES IS TO DESTROY THE ARMOR (IGNORANCE).

1. He enlightens the mind and heart with Gospel truth (II Cor. 4:3-7).

2. God uses His law to show us our sin (Rom. 7:7, 13; Gal. 3:24-26; 4:4-5).

B. AS SOON AS THE LORD COMES IN THERE IS CONFLICT.

“He comes upon him” (v.22).

- The battle rages:

1. Pride must be cut away.

2. The comfort of sin must be removed.

3. And the reigning power of sin must be destroyed.

- Christ struggles with all the power of His blood, and the blessings of His Spirit (Rom. 8:9-11).

CONCLUSION

• Do you know anything about this struggle???

• You need to cry out to the Savior!!!

- Look to Jesus Who is “the author and finisher of our faith...”

- Come to His blood and let Him wash you clean (I Pet. 1:18-19).

• The Stronger will redeem those who call upon Him.

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

• Satan reigns in the heart of the unsaved.

Christ reigns in the heart of the believer (v.23).

- Who is reigning in your heart???

• We need to let Christ reign as Lord (Rom. 6:14-23).

• We need to continue to preach Christ and He will break the chains of Satan and set the captive free!!!
 

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