“No man can enter into a strong mans house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man….” Mark 3:27
“When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace: But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all of his armour, wherein he trusteth, and divideth his spoils.” Luke 11:21, 22
“If the goodman of the house had known what hour the theif would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through.” Luke 12:39
We have an enemy out to destroy our home. The main target in the family is the man! He knows that if he can destroy the strong man–he can destroy the family–the very foundation of society. If the man is a good man and a strong man, Satan knows he must get to him before he can get to the wife and the children. To get to the strong man he knows he must first take away his armor and his weapons.
One advantage Satan has is timing. The good and strong man does not know the time of the attack. Satan knows that even a good man will relax at times. A little slumber and a little sleep comes to the best of good strong men; but when it happens the enemy is there to take advantage. Another advantage the enemy of the home has–is that he can choose the spot of attack. I believe that even good men have weak areas which make them vulnerable. It is usually the last thing which he puts on the altar and it is usually the first thing he takes up when he relaxes or is discouraged. You can be sure Satan will discover what this weak spot is.
Samson was the strongest man physically that ever lived, yet he had a flaw. He had a weakness for strange woman. His enemy the Philistines, used this weakness in order to find and destroy his strength and his ministry.
Strong and good man: If you are not careful, Satan will do the same to you. He desires to bind you with the throngs of materialism and the cares of this life. He would tie you with ropes of harmful habits. He wishes to cut your spiritual hair and leave you blind, ashamed and grinding the grain of the enemy. While you are thus in prison, your home and your country is left defenseless.
In the time of the Judges God found only a few strong men to lead His people Israel. Israel settled down, became weak and quit fighting their enemies. They were more interested in keeping peace by granting concessions. They forgot God and His laws. “In those days, there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes” Judges 17:6
The men of Israel lost sight of their unique identity and accepted the customs, morals and gods of their neighbors. It was not long before Israel was overcome by these same neighbors. The friendly neighbors were not friendly any more. The victors became the victims. Judges 5 and 6 give us a description of their despair. In the days of Shamgar the roads were abandoned. Village life in Israel ceased. Not a shield or spear was seen among forty thousand in Israel and Israel lived in dens and caves. As soon as God’s people tried to reap their grain the enemy would come like grasshoppers and destroyed their crop.
If a strong Christian man is not careful the same thing can happen to his home. If a man tries to live beside his spiritual enemy and appease him, he will be overcome by him. A Christian man must ever remember he is in a real war. He must ever be alert and on guard in order to protect that which he values.
In the days of Judges not all men were weak. There was a Gideon and there was a Shamgar. Shamgar got sick and tired of hiding. He got sick and tired of losing his crops. He got sick and tired of living in defeat. So one day when he saw the enemy coming up the lane he had enough–he looked for a weapon. The only thing he could find was an ox goad. He stood with his back to the wall and started swinging–to protect that which he valued. [Judges 3:31]
For the last fifty years, America has kept war from her shores. She sought peace from the position of strength. America made sure she kept her weapons and she was vigilant to the wiles of the enemy. Men you must do the same!
Are you willing to stand and fight?
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