[CF Devotionals] 2012-09-27 - In Season and Out

Matt 12:26-29 And if Satan drives out Satan, he has become divided against himself and disunified; how then will his kingdom last or continue to stand? 27 And if I drive out the demons by [help of] Beelzebub, by whose [help] do your sons drive them out? For this reason they shall be your judges. 28 But if it is by the Spirit of God that I drive out the demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you [before you expected it]. (AMP)

Jesus has been accused by the Pharasees of being aided by the enemy in casting out demons in an attempt to discredit the Lord's work as being of God. Does this sound at all familiar? The sound bites of today will speak something as fact with no supporting information - and it is accepted by many as true. At many instances the statement is so outragious that a little bit of thinking should cast at least some doubt on the veracity. Jesus clipped the wings of this argument from the start.

The Lord comes right to the point - a house divided against itself will not stand. The potent sting of truth, a sharp two-edged sword that proceeds from the mouth of God. Lincoln knew this as well and spoke it plainly to a very divided America as their President a century ago. The reference to "your sons" is also translated "your followers." As an instructor at a martial arts school my students that are sent up for testing are a representation of how and what they have been taught. If they are unable to perform because they have not been well instructed, it will be obvious both to those observing and to them. Understand that they will be my judges if I fail them. This is true unless they have not put in the effort to learn. They will know.

We are told to be ready to give an answer for our faith at any time. Opposition comes when you feel like defending it or when you do not. I myself am much better on paper at debating a point but sometimes the debate is ad-hoc and oral. The basics are clear. God sent His only Son for us, while we were still His enemies, to die in our place to save us from our sin. God would not have done this if it were not necessary. Start with those two lines and pull out the points and match them up with scripture.

We will come back to this.

Grace & Peace,

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