22 Then a demon-oppressed man who was blind and mute was brought to Him, and He healed him, so that the man spoke and saw. 23 And all the people were amazed, and said, “Can this be the Son of David?” 24 But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, “It is only by Beelzebul, the prince of demons, that this man casts out demons.” 25 Knowing their thoughts, He said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand.
26 And if Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand? 27 And if I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges. 28 But if it is by the Spirit of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. 29 Or how can someone enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? Then indeed he may plunder his house.
30 Whoever is not with Me is against Me, and whoever does not gather with Me scatters. 31 Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven people, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. 32 And whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.” (ESV)
1. We need to understand the reality of the spiritual battle around us (Eph. 6:10).
The biggest problem of unbelief is spiritual blindness (2nd Cor. 4).
The devil is the father of lies, and the lies prevalent in society are from the pit of hell.
2. We must also be convinced of Jesus’ victory over Satan.
God has given Him as Head over the church.
We live in an age when we have seen the Gospel go to the ends of the earth,
coming to the southern tip of Africa across the Atlantic Ocean.
We can see how Christ has indeed gained the victory, but we need to learn to look
with the eyes of faith as well, because it is very tempting for us to look at all the things
that are working against the Gospel and to begin to doubt the victory of Christ.
3. Who is on the Lord’s side… who for Him will go?
We are called to enlist as soldiers in the army of our Lord Jesus Christ.
What does it mean in practice?
We are called to pray:
‘Put on the Gospel Armour,
each piece put on with prayer;
where duty calls or danger,
be never wanting there.’