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."
— Luke 11:14-15 NLT
One of the ways Satan tries to discourage God's workers is through the constant badgering and attack of tenaciously unfair opponents. While Jesus cast out a demon and Satan knew his power was no match for Jesus, he made sure the voices of Jesus' opponents were heard. In the deceptive mode of the "Father of Lies" (i.e., Satan—see John 8), the opponents of Jesus directly turn around the truth of this exorcism. They claimed Jesus' power to cast out demons came from Satan. Of course, we can easily see the lie from our distance. However, be warned, dear Christian servant! Don't be discouraged or defeated if the good you do is attributed to false motives or to the power of evil. If they did it to our Savior, they are going to do it to us. But, if Jesus could stand firm, then by his power, we can stand firm as well.
Holy God, I confess that the unfair criticism of my motives and my actions is discouraging. Thank you for helping me see that this happened to your Son. If Satan could turn around the truth of his own defeat and attribute Jesus' power to evil, then I know the opposition that I face should not be surprising. Help me keep the ultimate victory of Jesus over sin, death, and Satan in my head and in my heart so that these unfair attacks do not derail or defeat me. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- Colossians 2:6-15
- 1 Corinthians 15:57
- 1 John 5:4
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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