Jesus has yet another series of confrontations in today’s message: A demon possessed man, a group of Pharisees, and a woman possibly filled with pride. Through these confrontations, we learn that in Satan’s effort to kill, steal, and destroy, he is often enabled through the tactic of “divide and conquer.” There is a great cosmic battle raging all around us and Jesus’ adversary is our adversary.
But, we can become distracted from this truth, seeing those with flesh and blood, and often in bondage themselves, as our enemies. But, Jesus has won! He gives us the power to develop and keep true relationships. Only Jesus can change a sinful heart; and only through Jesus can divisions be healed.
Come hear the great challenge: “He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with me scatters.” This is a call to see if we are on the Lord’s side in the midst of the Great Conflict. Could it be that at times we are being used as pawns on the side of the Enemy? Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation. This will not happen to the Kingdom of our God! Whose side are you on today?
To help you with your study of this topic, we are also including the study questions prepared each week for our congregation. May the Lord use them, and the sermon, to be a blessing to you. You will find them, as well as a short prayer, directly below the audio link.
Drawing the Battle Lines
Series: Luke – A Prescription for Doubtful Souls
Pastor James McDonald
Father in Heaven, through the ministry of the Holy Spirit, remind us, yet again, that we wrestle not against flesh and blood. Help us to remember that Jesus has defeated the works of the Devil and that we have certain victory because of Your Son. And, as we think on these truths, likewise remind us that You have called us to live for Your Kingdom in all our pursuits, even loving our enemies, doing good to those who hate us, blessing those who curse us, praying for those who abuse us. Remind us of our call to be witnesses of the mercy, forbearance, and love of Jesus, seeking to gather rather than scatter, so that the Gospel of the Kingdom might expand beyond our borders for the glory and honor of Your Son, our Savior, Jesus who is the Christ. Amen!
- How is this man’s speechless condition related to Satan’s primary goal?
- Why might the religious leaders have been disturbed by Jesus?
- How was their charge against Jesus illogical? How is this charge repeated in our day?
- How does Satan use “divide and conquer” in your home or church?
- Who is the strong man in Jesus’ parable? What portion of your life does he control?
- What is our only hope when it comes to real moral or spiritual change?
- How is the Lord’s promise of the Holy Spirit related to verses 24-26?
- According to verses 27-28, what shows we are on the Lord’s side?
- Which side of the battle line are you on? Are you scattering, or are you gathering?
- Is anyone neutral in this battle? Discuss.