A House Divided

So, the big picture of this text is that God CAN forgive us of all sin but that we must be willing to place our faith in Him and follow Him in order to receive that forgiveness.  Let’s focus on Jesus’ response to their accusation found in verses 23-27:

22 But the teachers of religious law who had arrived from Jerusalem said, "He's possessed by Satan,* the prince of demons. That's where he gets the power to cast out demons.” 23 Jesus called them over and responded with an illustration. "How can Satan cast out Satan?" he asked.24 "A kingdom divided by civil war will collapse.25 Similarly, a family splintered by feuding will fall apart.26 And if Satan is divided and fights against himself, how can he stand? He would never survive.27 Let me illustrate this further. Who is powerful enough to enter the house of a strong man like Satan and plunder his goods? Only someone even stronger—someone who could tie him up and then plunder his house. 28 "I tell you the truth, all sin and blasphemy can be forgiven,29 but anyone who blasphemes the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven. This is a sin with eternal consequences."30 He told them this because they were saying, "He's possessed by an evil spirit." Mark 3: 22-30

Jesus shows the people their error: They didn’t understand evil and its motives.  Evil doesn’t share power it only takes power.  If Jesus’ motives and power came from evil then the good, love and grace that He was delivering would have never happened.  Another way to look at this is that God unifies and blesses and Satan divides and destroys.  Maybe you have been caught in the division and destruction of Satan. 

Has he divided your house or destroyed your joy?  God can unify what has been divided and restore your joy.  Here is a great prayer from King David in Psalm 51: 12 ‘Restore to me the joy of your salvation,and make me willing to obey you.’ 

Has he split your affections for the ones God has placed in your life?  Just as God desires all of our heart he has made us to give all of our hearts to others.  This is the heart of His Great Commandment (to love God and to love others).  God can knit together what the enemy has split apart. 

Has he confused your plans and diluted your effectiveness?  God does not author confusion therefore God can bring you out of confusion into clarity.  

What do we do about it when we realize we have allowed our enemy (and God’s enemy) steal from us and divide our house?  That will be tomorrow’s writing.  Have a great day!