What Jesus Did! 'Power over Evil' — Mark 1:25-26

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

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But Jesus reprimanded [the evil spirit]. "Be quiet! Come out of the man," he ordered. At that, the evil spirit screamed, threw the man into a convulsion, and then came out of him.
— Mark 1:25-26 NLT

Key Thought

Jesus had power over the evil one and the vile power he seeks to wield. Jesus defeated the evil one during the temptation in the wilderness. He defeated him in every encounter during his life. Most gloriously, he defeated him in the place of Satan's greatest power — death. Jesus' victory over Satan and death will be magnificently realized when he comes again in glory with victory for all of his disciples.

Today's Prayer

O Lord, God Almighty, the Sovereign God of Israel, thank you for giving me victory through Jesus over Satan, sin, and death. I praise you for your grace that has saved me. I praise you for your Spirit, who dwells in me and gives me power. I praise you for Jesus' promised glorious return in which I will share. To you belong all glory and honor, now and forevermore, in the name of your Son, Jesus, Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Hebrews 2:14-15
  • Mark 6:5-8
  • 1 Corinthians 15:25-26, 56-58

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Illustration of Mark 1:25-26 NLT — But Jesus reprimanded [the evil spirit]. "Be quiet! Come out of the man," he ordered. At that, the evil spirit screamed, threw the man into a convulsion, and then came out of him.

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

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