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Daily Reading – Matthew 4. 11

 

Matthew 4.11

11 Then the devil left (leaves) him, and, see, angels came and ministered to Him.

We have already seen that Jesus had commanded the devil to go away; therefore, he was left with no other option but to leave Jesus.

There were to be many other occasions when the power and authority of Jesus over the demonic forces was to be displayed. We know that in Mark’s gospel the first demonstration of the power of Jesus is seen in the casting out of a demon:

23 And at once there was in their synagogue a man with an evil spirit, and he cried out

24 Saying: “What have You to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have You come to destroy us?”

25 And Jesus rebuked him, saying: “Be quiet and come out of him.”

26 And the evil spirit convulsed him and cried out in a loud voice and came out of him – Mark 1.23-26.

Jesus gave the same authority and power to the disciples when He sent them out:

“Heal the sick, raise the dead, cure those with leprosy, and cast out demons. Give as freely as you have received!” – Matthew 10.8 (NLT).

On their return they recounted their amazement as the demons fled at their command:

17 Now the seventy (two) returned with joy saying: “Lord even the demons submit to us in Your name” – Luke 10.17.

The same authority Jesus delegates to all who receive Him as their Lord and Saviour. On one occasion after His resurrection Jesus said:

“But for those who believe, these signs will follow (characterise) them: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues” – Mark 16.17.

It is true that satan will try and attack us, as he did Peter. Jesus warned him about this:

“Simon, Simon, how Satan has asked to personally sift you like wheat” – Luke 22.31.

This was not long before Peter denied that he knew Jesus.

Being given authority to cast out demons and to resist the devil does not mean that we will not be confronted by him in some way or another. He has schemes and plans to deceive us, and he dresses up like an angel of light. We must be aware of this and be constantly on our guard; knowing that Jesus has given us the power and authority to cast out demons and resist the devil, and see him flee from us.

 

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