The Pharisees heard the people saying this. The Pharisees said, "This man uses the power of Beelzebul (the devil) to force demons out of people. Beelzebul is the ruler of demons." Jesus knew the things that the Pharisees were thinking. So Jesus said to them, "Every kingdom that is fighting against itself will be destroyed. And every city that is divided cannot continue. And every family that is divided cannot succeed. So if Satan (the devil) forces out his own demons, then Satan is divided. And his kingdom will not be able to continue."
— Matthew 12:24-26 NLT
Incredibly, we can assign good deeds to bad motives or evil intent when those good deeds are done by those we don't like or hold as our enemies. Jesus faced this same problem. But Jesus reminds us that Satan and his forces already know what most of us intuitively realize when we think about it: you don't advance your own cause by causing division and rivalries. Satan also knows that if he can divide us, he can more easily defeat us.
Jesus' point, however, is that even united, with all the evil one's forces intact, he could defeat Satan because he was stronger than Satan. Jesus went into Satan's stronghold and defeated him. With his help, we can, too!
Holy and Almighty God, I believe that in Jesus you showed your power over the evil one. Please come with your power and might and completely eliminate his influence over me by sending Jesus to bring us home to you. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- Colossian 2:12-15
- Hebrews 2:14-15
- Romans 8:37-39
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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