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Sunday Preview

In Sunday Preview on January 7, 2012 by The Spillover

In 2012, God wants us to work really really hard to overcome evil trust Jesus as sovereign over all spiritual realms.

Let’s take a look at our scripture for tomorrow:

Now he was casting out a demon that was mute. When the demon had gone out, the mute man spoke, and the people marveled. But some of them said, “He casts out demons by Beelzebul, the prince of demons,” while others, to test him, kept seeking from him a sign from heaven. But he, knowing their thoughts, said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and a divided household falls. And if Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you say that I cast out demons by Beelzebul. 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. When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are safe; but when one stronger than he attacks him and overcomes him, he takes away his armor in which he trusted and divides his spoil. Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. “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.’ And when it comes, it finds the house swept and put in order. 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.” As he said these things, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts at which you nursed!” But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”

Here are the songs we’ll be singing to the God who created the universe:

We’re in a boxing match. Fighting sin, guarding against the world and its temptations, pressing forward with the truth of the gospel to fight for the souls of those who do not know Jesus.

Sunday morning is the brief interlude we get in between rounds. Let’s sit on our corner stool, take a drink of cold water, and be revitalized by worship and teaching so we can get back into the fight.

One Response to “Sunday Preview”

  1. I think there’s a slight contradiction between the first and final statements (unintentional, I’m sure!).

    The first statement, “God wants us to [work really really hard to overcome evil] trust Jesus as sovereign over all spiritual realms” (Sorry, I don’t know my html enough to annihilate the bracketed part!) is a truth I’ve been grasping more and more the past few years, and it thrills me that this truth is being taught at Calvary. It’s the work of the Holy Spirit in me, it’s not my striving that helps me grow more like Christ.

    The final statement, “We’re in a boxing match. Fighting sin, guarding against the world and its temptations, pressing forward with the truth of the gospel to fight for the souls of those who do not know Jesus,” sounds more like my striving, and more like what I grew up thinking. It’s that thought that I have to make sure I’m doing everything right and obeying “all the rules” in order to shine Christ’s light in the world.

    Hmmm, tricky dichotomy. The strong man is still overcome if he doesn’t have Christ alive in him. I am only able to fight sin, guard against the world and temptations, and fight for souls if I am not doing it in my own power, but rather surrendering and letting the Holy Spirit do it through me.

    Which I often find is more difficult to do than striving for it on my own….

    Anyway, tangent thought that struck me as I read this 🙂 .

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