Devotions will begin again 30 December 13. Have a God-filled Christmas.
Matthew 12:22 Then a demon-oppressed man who was blind and mute was brought to him, and he healed him, so that the man spoke and saw. 23 And all the people were amazed, and said, "Can this be the Son of David?" 24 But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, "It is only by Beelzebul, the prince of demons, that this man casts out demons." 25 Knowing their thoughts, he said to them, "Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand. 26 And if Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand? 27 And if I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges. 28 But if it is by the Spirit of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. 29 Or how can someone enter a strong man's house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? Then indeed he may plunder his house. 30 Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. 31 Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven people, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. 32 And whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.
Jesus knew the thoughts of the Pharisees, people He loved and wept over them because they didn't recognize the God they said they served had come among them (Matthew 23:37-39). Jesus gave the Pharisees some facts to change the way they were thinking. Fact 1: Divided kingdoms don't remain (vs 25). Fact 2: Satan casting out Satan is a divided house and cannot stand (vs 26). Fact 3: The Jews casting out demons will judge the Pharisees wrong when they say Jesus is casting out demons by Beelzebub (vs27). Fact 4: Jesus said He was casting out demons by the Spirit of God and therefore the Kingdom of God had come upon them (vs 28). Fact 5: Jesus stated He overcame the strong man, Satan, to release His people from bondage to Satan (vs 29). Fact 6: Jesus said if people are not with Him they are against Him and if they are not gathering people for God then they are scattering the people (vs 30). Fact 7: Jesus said if people speak against the Holy Spirit, that is, attribute His work to another, then they will never be forgiven because they will never listen to the Holy Spirit and believe (vs 32).
Jesus used many questions to get these facts across as He confronted the Pharisees with the truth. We need to be able to present to people around us, who are loved by Jesus, truth facts to help them come to a knowledge of the truth. Some of the Pharisees might have believed the truth (John 3:1-15). Today their are many people who say the work of God is evil. Phil Robertson, an outspoken Reality TV star of Duck Dynasty is called evil because he stated homosexual practice is sin. GLAAD, a homosexual group, called him evil and stated real Christianity says homosexual behavior is not sin. We need to be able to answer the error of GLAAD and people who agree with them with truth and love. Do you know the truth well enough to give "truth facts" to people ignorant of the truth? Keep learning the word of God. Be prepared to answer untruth with the truth to help the people in our sphere of influence believe in Jesus.