Scripture reading for January 20th: Mark 3
Key Scriptures: Mark 3:22-27 “And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem were saying, “He is possessed by Beelzebul,” and” by the prince of demons He casts out demons.” And He called them to Him and said to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but is coming to an end. But no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man. Then indeed he may plunder his house.”“
A big part of Jesus’ ministry was casting out demons and healing those oppressed by Satan. So much so, that even His own family thought Jesus to be “out of His mind.” (Mark 3:21) The scribes came down from the religious rulers in Jerusalem and accused Jesus of using demonic power to cast out the devils. Jesus patiently called them to listen to Him and in a rabbinic posture, asked them a question: “How can Satan cast out Satan? . . .” He pointed out that a house divided against itself would not stand. He stated that in order to cast out demons (the strongman), they must be bound first. The rope or chain Jesus had used was His authority–authority from God the Father in the kingdom of heaven. He went on to warn these religious people about blasphemy of the Holy Spirit and the unforgivable sin!
Luke 11:19-20 “And if I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges. But if it is by the finger of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.”
Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for demonstrating Your authority over the devil and demons, binding them with Your powerful Word. Give me greater discernment when I confront the forces of darkness and patience with those who lack understanding about spiritual authority.
2nd Corinthians 10:4 “For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.”
Scripture reading for August 9th: Psalm 83-85, 2nd Corinthians 10
Key Scriptures: 2nd Corinthians 10:3-6 “For though we walk according to the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.”
Paul was facing much opposition and had to walk through a spiritual battle. The opposition was not flesh and blood, but wicked spiritual forces of evil putting out arguments and false doctrine to destroy faith of believers. Paul knew he must rely on spiritual weapons to defeat spiritual strongholds. He encouraged the Corinthians (and us) to take every though captive to the obedience of Christ Jesus. Through focus on Christ Jesus, taking captive our thoughts, and obedience to truth, we will destroy the enemy and dance in victory.
Psalm 85:12-13 “Yes, the Lord will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase. Righteousness will go before Him and make His footsteps a way.”
Prayer: Lord, thank You for the powerful weapons of truth, Your promises, Your Name and power. Help me to walk in the victory already won through Jesus Christ. Amen.