Wednesday Devo

Scripture Reading:

Luke 10
16 Then he said to the disciples, “Anyone who accepts your message is also accepting me. And anyone who rejects you is rejecting me. And anyone who rejects me is rejecting God, who sent me.”
17 When the seventy-two disciples returned, they joyfully reported to him, “Lord, even the demons obey us when we use your name!”
18 “Yes,” he told them, “I saw Satan fall from heaven like lightning! 19 Look, I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy, and you can walk among snakes and scorpions and crush them. Nothing will injure you. 20 But don’t rejoice because evil spirits obey you; rejoice because your names are registered in heaven.”

Commentary from the ESV Study Bible:

10:16 The one who hears you hears me emphasizes the solidarity of Jesus and his disciples (cf. 9:48; Matt. 9:16).
10:17 Having completed their mission (cf. vv. 1–12), the seventy-two disciples are filled with joy at seeing the kingdom of God advance and people being set free from their bondage to demonic oppression. even the demons are subject. See v. 19.
10:18 I saw Satan fall can also be translated, “I was watching Satan fall” (imperfect tense of Gk. theōreō, “to see”). It is not clear whether Jesus is speaking of a vision by which he saw something in the spiritual realm or if this is simply a graphic declaration of what has been happening, but in either case Jesus indicates that Satan’s authority and power over people has been decisively broken. Like lightning describes the suddenness of the fall (cf. Isa. 14:12).

Study Questions:

  • One of the takeaways from Sunday was that we should live with JOY. We should rejoice that our names are written in the Lamb's Book of Life. We should rejoice even when things aren't going well in our lives. We should also make sure, like Jesus warned the disciples, that we are rejoicing in the right things. Do you remember how much joy you had when you first gave your life to Jesus? Has that light gotten dim? What is your source of joy? What things in your life do you celebrate, publicize on social media or tell stories about? Are your priorities in the right place?

  • Next, we should live with AUTHORITY. Jesus' resurrection, and the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives, gives us authority over Satan, who seeks to destroy us. We take so much garbage from the enemy when we don't have to. Scripture tells us that if we resist the devil he will flee from us. What lies from the enemy are you accepting? What battles are you forfeiting in your life, kids or family by failing to pray and exercise that authority?

Pray:

  • That you would find joy in your relationship with Jesus.
  • That you would live in the authority he gives us.

This Week's City 7:

Try to commit to memory! 

6. Is the Bible God’s word? Jesus proved He is God by rising from the dead and said the Old Testament was God’s word and gave authority to the Apostles to write the words of the New Testament under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit so that all the words of the Bible are God’s Word.
(Matthew 5:18; Luke 24:27, 44; John 14:25-26, 15:27, 16:12-13, 17:20; Acts 2:42; Ephesians 3:5; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:16-21)

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