What Jesus Did! 'Power Over Satan' — Mark 5:13

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

So Jesus allowed them to do this. The evil spirits left the man and went into the pigs. Then the herd of pigs ran down the hill and into the lake. All the pigs were drowned. There were about 2,000 pigs in that herd.
— Mark 5:13 NLT
Illustration of Mark 5:13 NLT —  There were about 2,000 pigs in that herd.

Key Thought

They begged Jesus (see previous verses) so Jesus gave them permission. He had, and still has, power over the demonic world. In fact, his death and resurrection has made clear that power over Satan and his legions. This is important because we clearly see the result of demonic control in the fate of the pigs: death and destruction. From the very beginning of the story of Scripture, when Satan and his demons are allowed control, they bring death and destruction. Let's never forget that our ultimate enemy, the Devil, seeks to work death and destruction in our lives! Let's resist, oppose, fight, stand up against, and defeat his work with the help of God's Spirit at work in our lives.

Today's Prayer

O LORD God Almighty, I confess that you alone are Sovereign and all-powerful. Please give me a renewed sense of presence in my life, especially as I resist the temptations and the attacks of the evil one. I know that through my resistance and opposition to his work in my life and through your power at work within me, I can triumph over him. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Genesis 4:2-7
  • Ephesians 6:10-13
  • James 1:14-18

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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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