What Jesus Did! 'Never Enough' — Luke 11:16

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Other people wanted to test Jesus. They asked Jesus to show them a sign (proof) from heaven.
— Luke 11:16
Illustration of Luke 11:16 — Other people wanted to test Jesus. They asked Jesus to show them a sign (proof) from heaven.

Key Thought

When someone is determined to oppose us, we will never be able to do enough to satisfy that person. Jesus' involvement with his opponents here reminds us of this. The request for Jesus to do a sign to prove himself wasn't genuine. It was just another test from opponents who would not be satisfied by anything he did. Jesus shows us that the thing we should do is to tell the truth and do the right thing. We must not let such tests divert us from the work of God.

Today's Prayer

Give me courage, O LORD my Father, to continue your work no matter the criticisms or attacks that are launched against me. Please, dear Father, help me be able to determine whether the questions posed to me are from genuine hearts or from the hearts of those who are opponents of the truth and who can never be satisfied. Please give me the insight and the courage to be your person of integrity when under such attacks. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

One time Jesus was sending a demon out of a man that could not talk. When the demon came out, the man was able to speak. The people were amazed. But some of the people said, "He uses the power of Beelzebul (the devil) to force demons out of people. Beelzebul is the ruler of demons." Other people wanted to test Jesus. They asked Jesus to show them a sign (proof) from heaven. But Jesus knew the things they were thinking. So Jesus said to the people, "Every kingdom that is divided and fights against itself will be destroyed. And a family that fights against itself will break apart. So if Satan (the devil) is fighting against himself, then how will his kingdom continue? You say that I use the power of Beelzebul (the devil) to force out demons. But if I use the power of Beelzebul to force out demons, then what power do your people use when they force out demons? So your own people will prove that you are wrong. But I use the power of God to force out demons. This shows that the kingdom of God has come to you! "When a strong man with many weapons guards his own house, then the things in his house are safe. But suppose a stronger man comes and defeats him. The stronger man will take away the weapons that the first man trusted to keep his house safe. Then the stronger man will do what he wants with the other man's things. "If a person is not with me, he is against me. The person that does not work with me is working against me. "When an evil spirit {from the devil} comes out of a person, that spirit travels through dry places, looking for a place to rest. But that spirit finds no place to rest. So the spirit says, 'I will go back to the home (person) I left.' When the spirit comes back to that person, the spirit finds that home (person) swept clean and made neat. Then the evil spirit goes out and brings seven other spirits more evil than itself. Then all the evil spirits go into that person and live there. And that person has even more trouble than he had before." When Jesussaid these things, a woman with the people there began to speak. She said to Jesus, "What a great blessing God gave your mother, because she gave birth to you and fed you." But Jesus said, "The people that hear the teaching of God and obey it—they are the people that are truly happy!"

Luke 11:14-28

Related Scripture Readings

I don't mean that I am already exactly like God wants me to be. I have not yet reached that goal. But I continue trying to reach that goal and to make it mine. Christ wants me to do that. That is the reason Christ made me his. Brothers and sisters, I know that I have not yet reached that goal. But there is one thing I always do: I forget the things that are past. I try as hard as I can to reach the goal that is before me. I keep trying to reach the goal and get the prize. That prize is mine because God called me through Christ to the life above. All of us who have grown spiritually to be mature (perfect) should think this way too. And if there is any of these things you don't agree with, God will make it clear to you. But we should continue following the {truth} we already have.

Philippians 3:12-16

Lord, save me from the bad people who are trying to ruin me. Protect me from the people around me who are trying to hurt me.

Psalm 17:9

Those bad people curse me, but you can bless me, Lord. They attacked me, so defeat them. Then I, your servant, will be happy.

Psalm 109:28

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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