What Jesus Did! 'Facing the Adversary' — Mark 4:15

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

"Sometimes the teaching falls on the path. This is like some people. Those people hear the teaching of God. But Satan (the devil) comes and takes away the teaching that was planted in them."
— Mark 4:15 NLT
Illustration of Mark 4:15 NLT — "Sometimes the teaching falls on the path. This is like some people. Those people hear the teaching of God. But Satan (the devil) comes and takes away the teaching that was planted in them."

Key Thought

Our efforts to share the good news of the Kingdom of God don't happen in a vacuum. We must realize that Satan is an active adversary. He opposes or seeks to dilute, distort, and derail every effort made to advance the Kingdom of God in the hearts of lost people. Let's not forget that we have an adversary. This shouldn't make us afraid or discouraged, but it should motivate us to feel the urgency of God for the lost men and women around us. It should awaken us that those who come to Christ will face difficult challenges as they try to begin their new walk with the Lord. It should move us with compassion as we see people battle in their heart between the influences of Satan and the invitation extended by Jesus. Satan will try to steal that message from them. We must do all we can to help them hear and respond!

Today's Prayer

O Father, how you must grieve for those who struggle to receive your grace. How it must anger you to see the evil one come in and steal away the good news from the hearts of those who so much need it. Use me as one of your messengers to help those who are battling Satan. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Ephesians 2:1-2
  • 1 Thessalonians 3:1-13
  • Ephesians 6:12

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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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