You’ll find parallels in how Jesus instructs us to approach the Christian life in Luke 11. He says that if we don’t recognize the real nature of the enemy, we’ll be ill-equipped to survive the battle.
- We have an enemy and he is Satan. Why is it important for us to really know our enemy?
- Jesus is going to explain that spiritual forces are at work in us. And, apart from his power, any attempt to change is doomed to fail--even if for a little while it looks like we succeed. What is your reaction to that statement?
- Who is the strong man in the parable? Who is the stronger man in the parable? Who are you in this parable?
- Neutral toward Jesus is not an option. And so, if you are not actively pursuing and serving Jesus, you are against him because you are still under the control of the strong man. Demons don’t mind us trying to clean up our own lives apart from Jesus? Are you relying on the Lord to transform you or are you trying to do this in your own power? Explain your answer.
- C.S. Lewis said, “We don’t come to God as bad people who need to be made into better people. We come to him as rebels to lay down our arms. We’re not here to turn over a new leaf; we come in surrender to receive a new life.” Are you ready to take that step? Explain why or why not.