What Jesus Did! 'Determined not to Believe' — John 11:45-46

Monday, August 13, 2018

Many of the people who were with Mary believed in Jesus when they saw [Lazarus brought back to life]. But some went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done.
— John 11:45-46 NLT
Illustration of John 11:45-46 NLT — Many of the people who were with Mary believed in Jesus when they saw [Lazarus brought back to life]. But some went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done.

Key Thought

Some folks just won't believe. It doesn't matter what they see or what others say; they are determined not to believe in Jesus. How do we explain this kind of thing? People have to will to do God's will if they are going to believe! If they play with sin, they open their hearts for Satan to block their believing. Sometimes, more often than we would like to imagine, religion can be a tool of Satan's to contribute to unbelief. Something like that happens here. However, we don't give up because God can use the circumstances in people's lives to open their hearts. We are not sure how many of the skeptics and unbelievers at this stage of Jesus' ministry became believers at Pentecost (see Acts 2).

Today's Prayer

Holy and almighty God, please use me and the circumstances of the lives of the following people to open their hearts to Jesus: ... I pray this in Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • John 7:16-18
  • Colossians 1:21-22
  • Romans 1:18

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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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