“Jesus vs Satan and the Forgotten War” out of Luke 11:14-26 was preached on June 10th, 2012 by Pastor Josh Grandstaff at the worship gathering of Ekklesia Muskogee. Week #22 in Ekklesia’s The King and His Cross sermon series.
Community Group Discussion
14 Now he was casting out a demon that was mute. When the demon had gone out, the mute man spoke, and the people marveled. 15 But some of them said, “He casts out demons by Beelzebul, the prince of demons,” 16 while others, to test him, kept seeking from him a sign from heaven. 17 But he, knowing their thoughts, said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and a divided household falls.18 And if Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you say that I cast out demons by Beelzebul. 19 And if I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges. 20 But if it is by the finger of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. 21 When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are safe; 22 but when one stronger than he attacks him and overcomes him, he takes away his armor in which he trusted and divides his spoil. 23 Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.
24 “When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and finding none it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ 25 And when it comes, it finds the house swept and put in order. 26 Then it goes and brings seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and dwell there. And the last state of that person is worse than the first.”
We exist in the middle of a battle that has already been won. We are lolled to sleep by our enemy’s schemes. One of these schemes is the misconception that Satan is an abstract idea or consequence and he is not actively opposing the works of Christ. We see the clarification of this misconception in scripture as Jesus actively battles demons in the eleventh chapter of Luke and then declares that ignorance of the battle does not equal neutrality. We either gather with Christ by the power of the gospel, or, we simply scatter. We must cling to Christ in the midst of our ever-present battle.
Q1: Have you been asleep in this battle? If so, how has Christ been your defense even though you have forgotten about this war? Be specific.
Q2: As the accuser comes against you how do you justify your existence? Though we have failed so terribly, what does Christ say about our debt?
We are in the midst of a war, awake to the battle. Wether you fell asleep because life’s burdens closed your eyes or because you didn’t believe it was real. Know that the victory has been won by Christ. Let the joy and light of our king be your reply to the accuser in darkness. If you are in Christ your debt has been paid on the cross. Amen!