The people haven’t encountered anyone like Jesus. He teaches Scripture with authority, and he calls out demons. Notice where Jesus is as you underline places today in this passage (pages 17–18) in your journal. As he teaches in the synagogue, a demon-possessed man calls out to Jesus and identifies him as “the Holy One of God.” Jesus orders him to be quiet and sternly calls him out. No one but the true Son of God could speak with such command and cause such an immediate result.
If Jesus is the true Son of God, then we also better pay attention to what he says. Jesus has the power and authority to dispel the darkness in our lives as well. We sometimes can focus so much on the darkness of the world, we overlook our own sinful behavior. Jesus wants us to let him deliver us from the darkness in our own lives and shine with his light.
IN YOUR CHAIR TIME TODAY
Jesus teaches us to pray for God’s help to not give in to wrong behaviors that tempt us. On page 22 in your journal, write out Matthew 6:13 from the Lord’s Prayer, “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” Commit it to memory and pray these words when you are tempted to lie, lash out in anger, gossip, take what isn’t yours or do anything you know God says is wrong.
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