Satan Loves a Homecoming
  Matthew 12:43-45

Introduction

I. There's nothing like a homecoming!

     A. I don't care how much you like getting away; it's always good to come back home.

     B. Satan, too, enjoys coming back home.

II. Jesus came into the world to destroy the works of Satan (1 John 3:8).

     A. Jesus came into the world that we could overcome Satan (Eph 6:12).

III. In Mat 12:22, a demon-possessed man is brought to Jesus.

     A. There are 4 responses to this healing:

          1. Amazed (23).
          2. Reject (24).
          3. Unconvinced (38).
          4. Believe (Luke 11:27-28).

IV. Jesus presents a parable to teach that there is no middle ground (Mt 12:30, 43-45).

     A. We must be filled with Christ and live Christlike to keep Satan away (Lk 11:33-36).

          1. (Rom 15:14; Eph 3:19; Eph 5:18; Phil 1:11; 4:8; Col 1:9).

          2. Satan wants to come home.

               a. Evil spirits don't possess people today.

Discussion

I. SATAN LOVES AN EMPTY LIFE.

     A. The heart is a temple, or dwelling place for God (1 Cor 6:19; Eph 3:17).

     B. The temple must be clean (Heb 10:22).

     C. The clean house must be filled with goodness (2 Pet 1:5-11).

II. SATAN NEVER GIVES UP.

     A. Jesus (Mat 4:1-11; 16:23; Heb 4:15).

     B. Christian (James 1:13-14; Job 2:1).

III. SATAN CAN RETURN, AND IT WILL BE WORSE.

     A. Christians can return to sin (Gal 5:4; 1 Cor 10:12).

     B. It will be worse.

          1. Now (2 Tim 3:13).

          2. Later (2 Pet 2:20-22; Heb 6:4-6).

IV. SATAN CAN BE STOPPED.

    A. (James 4:7; Mat 26:41; 1 Cor 10:13).

Conclusion

I. Who's at home in our lives? (Rev 3:20).


This sermon contains my thoughts and material researched from other sources.

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