Point 1. THE UNPREVENTABLE SELF-DESTRUCTION OF DELUDED DECEIVERS
Mark 3:22-27; John 3:1-2; 11:47-51; 12:10-11,18-19; Matthew 9:34-38; 2 Samuel 15:6-11; 1 Corinthians 1:10
“And the scribes which came down from Jerusalem said, He hath Beelzebub, and by the prince of the devils casteth he out devils.” (Mark 3:22). These were deceivers because they knew better. “There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him” (John 3:1-2). One of them, Nicodemus, made this profession, so they knew that it was by the power of God that Jesus worked the miracles, but they were afraid they would lose their religion and position, for all men believed on Him (John 11:47-48).
They were fighting for a position here on earth, and reject a place in heaven. “And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end” (Mark 3:26). If a man is divided against himself, like members of the body rebelling against the head, the brain, it is insanity. He destroys himself and purpose for living. The same for a family, it will lose focus, open the door for the enemy to destroy, pull down the roof against itself and come to desolation. The same for a nation that is divided against itself. The nation of Israel was divided against itself in that they rejected the Messiah at His first coming, and this led to their destruction and desolation. A Church divided against itself, is on the downward road to destruction, doom and damnation.
But the chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus also to death” (John 12:10). They knew that the raising up of Lazarus from the dead was by the power of God, so they wanted to kill that evidence so that the people will not believe in Christ: But their erroneous comments did not stop some of the Jews from believing on the Lord Jesus Christ, “Because that by reason of him many of the Jews went away, and believed on Jesus” “The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, Perceive ye how ye prevail nothing? behold, the world is gone after him” (John 12:11,19). The bad comments of anyone, on any platform or social media will not hinder you from believing on the Lord Jesus Christ.
I believe in Jesus. He is my Saviour and Lord. Believe in the Lord no matter what people say, write or project. I pray that comments and writings of people wherever they put them will not lead you astray. You believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and the word of God. “And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people” (Matthew 9:35). Jesus did not allow the insulting language of the Pharisees to stop Him from doing the work of the Father. Their bad comments will not hinder you from Evangelism, soul winning, and the work of God in your hands, in Jesus Name. I pray that the work that the Father has committed into our hands, we will do, and nothing will stop or hinder us in Jesus name.
A house, church and family divided against itself cannot stand. “And on this manner did Absalom to all Israel that came to the king for judgment: so Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel” (2 Samuel 15:6). There was division in the family of king David. Absalom killed his brother Amnon for defiling his sister Tamah and went into exile. On his return after being pleaded for, he determined to topple his father David’s throne. He stole the hearts of the people from the king and declared himself king. Eventually Absalom died and went to hell. “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment” (1 Corinthians 1:10). We need to all speak the same thing, teach the same doctrines that there be no division among us because a divided family, kingdom and church will fall and destroy itself. I pray that God will grant us unity, and you will be an agent and warrior for unity in Jesus’ Name.
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