I believe the most vital verses in the bible that warns us about the devil’s division skills are in Ephesians 6:10-12- Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
|Divide- v: to separate (something) into two or more parts or pieces: to separate (something) into classes or categories: to give (something) out in usually equal amounts|
|division (÷) (/) is an arithmetic OPERATION|
|Division – n: the act or process of dividing something into parts : the way that something is divided: something that physically divides or separates something else ;mathematics : the process of finding out how many times one number is contained in another|
Ironic… the symbols (÷) (/) used for division. Satan is one of the greatest mathematicians when it involves division. Even renowned mathematicians such as Pythagoras, Leonhard Euler, and Isaac Newton’s skills are lacking in comparison to Satan’s math skills. Satan is also resourceful in using addition, subtraction, and multiplication in his favor. Who would have thought…Satan… a great mathematician? It is a fathomable thought. We must remember that Satan has been around since the beginning watching God, the Master Mathematician and The Creator of Math. I know from experience that if one has a great teacher and dependent upon the student, he or she works to become even greater in a subject that is taught, once the mind and heart is put into it. (TYHS) If you go into deep thought mode, you will discover that math is also a major means of communication. There are four (4) major places that Satan spends his time computing how to divide every second walking to and fro in high places within the Earth’s atmosphere. They are the church, home, workplace and the land of God. The first of these subjects to be discussed is the home, for it is said “Home is where the heart is.”
In the Home
17 But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth.
18 If Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? because ye say that I cast out devils through Beelzebub.
19 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your sons cast them out? therefore shall they be your judges.
20 But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you.
21 When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace:
22 but when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils.
23 He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth.
24 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out.
25 And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished.
26 Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first.
27 And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked.
28 But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.
There are many lessons I’ve learned while spending time with the Spirit of God from the above verses. I’ve been led to share three of these lessons with you pertaining to the home. Even though the lessons may be clear as daylight to some, it is something we don’t keep in our minds and hearts as a remembrance of Satan’s division power. Some may not believe so, but the arithmetic operation by Satan is a leading source of divorce. It is a leading source of disobedient and abused children, cunning, weak, and difficult spouses.
One thing I’ve noticed, even as a child is that in many Baptist churches, married couples that are members attend together. In other denominations, I’ve seen married couples whose spouse is a member of another denomination. It’s not my business, but it just seems odd, knowing that couples are worshipping the same God in a household, that are obviously divided on beliefs concerning bible doctrine. Just makes one think, why else would a married couple be attending separate churches? I think too much. Moving on…When facing issues within the home, we need to be reminded:
- Satan does not know our thoughts. My belief is based on the fact that there is only one God and He alone is omnipresent and all-knowing. It is proven throughout the Holy Bible and proven daily in my life. I did not find anywhere in scriptures stating that he has that ability. Satan operates according to our actions because he has the advantage of seeing how the human behavior arithmetically operate. (TYHS) He has thousands upon thousands upon thousands years of experience observing the human race. You may also read the book of Job.
- Satan can be divided against himself. Prayer and fasting adds to our God-given ability and authority in Jesus name to divide Satan against himself. Mark 9:29
- Satan once divided against himself, will call upon more unclean spirits to help him divide our households. In verse 28 we discover how to stop his operation of division within the home. Also read James 4. Be attentive to verses 7-8.
In knowing these three things, we must remember that Satan’s division tactics will come to pass. My beloved flowers…don’t let the devil think that it can’t be done. Let your actions show that you are hearing the word of God and show that you are keeping it. You can make a bold commitment to the Lord as Joshua did for his household (Joshua 24:15). We can, must, and will overcome Satan’s limited power of division. Even when our grown children and elderly parents are being divided and attacked in their own households, we need to be adding their burdens to our prayers. Our families are an extension of us. We are an extension of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. A house divided cannot stand regardless of the house’s location.
Let me leave you with a chuckle from another one of my favorite movies from my 70’s era, Smokey and the Bandit:
Snowman: “Hey, Bandit, me and Fred have a little question for you.”
Bandit: “What’s that?”
Snowman: “Why are we doing this?”
Bandit: “Why not?”
Snowman: “They said it couldn’t be done.”
Bandit: “That’s why we’re doing it.”
And “That’s why we’re doing it.”…because the devil thinks and says it can’t be done once we stray, BUT his division tactics fail when we SHOW that we love the Lord our God with All of our mind and heart.