"So you are doing the things your own father did." But the Jews said, "We are not like children that never knew who their father was. God is our Father. He is the only Father we have." Jesus said to those Jews, "If God were really your Father, then you would love me. I came from God, and now I am here. I did not come by my own authority. God sent me. You don't understand these things I say. Why? Because you cannot accept my teaching. Your father is the devil. You belong to him. You want to do what he wants. The devil was a murderer from the beginning. He was always against the truth. There is no truth in him. He is like the lies he tells. Yes, the devil is a liar. He is the father of lies.
— John 8:41-44 NLT
Satan is behind evil in all of its forms, including the religious evil that sent Jesus to the Cross. Make no mistake, Satan distorts, deceives, and lies. His goal is murder and destruction. Let's not take him lightly. At the same time, let's not cower before his threats. Jesus conquered him for us in the Cross. Let's make sure that we stick with Christ, hold to his teaching, and live his truth. Let's make it clear to the evil one that he will have no hold on us.
Almighty and powerful Father, deliver me from the evil one for all power, all honor, and all glory are yours. Help me make that true in my life and my example. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- 1 Peter 5:8-9
- 1 John 3:10
- James 3:13-16 & 4:7
About This Devotional
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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