TOPIC: UNDERSTANDING THE KINGDOM OF DARKNESS
Read Matthew 12:22-3022 Then one was brought to Him who was demon-possessed, blind and mute; and He healed him, so that the blind and e mute man both spoke and saw
.23 And all the multitudes were amazed and said, “Could this be the Son of David?”
24 Now when the Pharisees heard it they said, “This fellow does not cast out demons except by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons.”
25 But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand
.26 If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand?
27 And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges.
28 But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you
.29 Or how can one enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house.
30 He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad.
MEMORISE: For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places (Ephesians 6:12)
Thank God, Jesus knew very obviously who the devil was and that actually assisted Him to public disgrace show of the enemy of our destiny. After succeeding over the first man, Adam, he wanted to also dispossess the second man, Jesus Christ, but glory to God who strengthened Him and gave Him victory through His undiluted Word. Had the devil succeeded in overpowering Jesus that day, what would have happened? Our redemption would have failed woefully. The key to Christian victory is in recognizing who the devil is and treating him as a permanently defeated and judged enemy. You don’t give Satan any foothold .The Bible, categorizes Satanic forces into the following groups:
1. Principalities: These are the chief spirits in the kingdom of Satan (Daniel 7:3ff)
.2. Powers: These are the agents of evil accomplishment, as empowered by Satan.
3. Rulers: These are territorial spirits, holding in bondage and ruling the nations of the world. These are mostly cult, religious organisations and demonic political leaders.
4. Wicked Spirits in High Places: These are anti-promotion spirits; the spoilers. They determine those who rise and stay on top for Satan. Cf. Ephesians 6:11,12. Jesus has delivered us from the kingdom of darkness (Col. 1:13).None of these categories are powerful than their master, the devil, and the Bible says you should resist him, even the master, and he shall flee from you. You are divinely placed and raised far above all these and you are made to seat at the right hand of God with Christ in the heavens (Ephesians 1:15-23; Colossians 1:12-22; 2:14, 15). Rise and shine in Jesus’ name. Amen.
PRAYER POINTS1. Keep us enlightened, O Lord, of the works and activities of the devil.2. Oh Lord, give me Your unconquerable power to overcome all works of the enemy of my soul.3. Give Your Church victory over all the atrocities of the kingdom of darkness in Jesus’ name.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Lamentations 1 – 2