Summary: Christ offers comfort for the grieving and cleansing for the guilty, so if you haven’t got any compassion in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble. Because compassion offers what is necessary to heal the hurts of others.
We will start this message by looking at Matthew 12: 22-24: “Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw. And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David? But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, this fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.”
Beelzebub means the lord of flies. We can even see the devil as the demon of insects, doing all kinds of havoc. Beloved, we have a lot of corpses walking in the streets. They look bright and sunny outside, but their internal mechanisms have completely collapsed. There are many who are still living but they have been buried. When the total collapse happens suddenly, you wonder what went wrong. But the truth is that inside, termites of the soul have been eating them up little by little until suddenly there is a total collapse of the system. While the internal structure was being demolished, the outside was still looking whole.
A certain man called Sunday appeared to be getting on well with his wife. They held hands in the street and always smiled at each other. Neighbours admired them and many people wished their marriages could be like that. The neighbours did not know that sometimes, Sunday and his wife were putting up an act. Once they got inside, they started their quarrels. Things went on like this until one day, Sunday came back from work and found a V-boot Mercedes Benz car in their garage. He got inside and asked his wife how the car got there. She said, “Well, men who are not ready to carry out their responsibilities should be able to bear when they see others who can bear it.” “Meaning what?” he asked. “I mean it is a gift,” she retorted. “From whom?” he asked. “That is none of your business,” she said. He went to the father-in-law and complained to him. The father-in-law was taken aback and told him he would not take that sort of nonsense from any woman. He told him to do as he pleased. The father-in-law did not know that his advice would lead to more trouble. As Sunday was going home, he branched at the market, bought a cutlass and sharpened it very well. Immediately he got home, he asked his wife again, “Who is the owner of this car?” The wife said, “I asked you to shut up before, and I am still saying you should shut up.” Sunday descended on her, and cut her into pieces. The neighbours who used to admire them could not stop him. That was the end of the woman. When Sunday came out of the madness, he took some poison, went to a hotel room, drank it and killed himself there. And that was the end of the family. Before the disaster happened, the termite inside had been eating away slowly.
Termites are very terrible insects. They are most destructive during the rainy season. When you are spiritually cold, the termite of the soul would be able to work. When you abandon your quiet time and your prayer life is cold, termites would be eating you up slowly. When termites are in an environment they lower the temperature of the place. It is the same thing when you allow a termite to enter into your life, and it is eating away, your spiritual temperature will go down. They construct their ugly houses and pass through it. Likewise those who have termites inside look normal on the surface.
Termites operate a kingdom. They have queens and kings. They have workers, soldiers, and observe division of labour. It is the same with termites of the soul. Termites lay eggs at the rate of one every two seconds. So, they lay so many eggs in the life of a person, and make extensive tunnels to weaken the structure of a person’s life until there is a total collapse. Because termites do not operate on the outside, victims are unaware of their presence until it is too late. I pray that it will not be too late for you, in Jesus’ name. Sometimes, prayers and confessions would be useless when termites have finished their work in a victim. In most cases, it is the internal wound created in the soul that comes first before the external sicknesses appear. When this inner decay starts, then physical sickness will set in. Anyone who wants to obtain power against any sickness, must obtain inner healing first. As far as the inside is sick and rotten, external sicknesses would be having a field day. The reason physical sicknesses refuse to go sometimes is that the soul and the spirit are already sick. They are so sick that they cannot sustain the body to receive healing.