And Jesus, when He came out, saw a great multitude and was moved with compassion for them, because they were like sheep not having a shepherd. So He began to teach them many things.
This chapter tells the account of John the Baptist being beheaded by Herod. John was not only Jesus’ cousin, he was also the one who understood who Jesus was. He pointed Him out as the Messiah, since from the time of conception there had been a special bond between Jesus and John.
To learn of John’s death must have been devastating for Jesus. He withdrew to the mountain for a night, but look at what He did in the morning: He was on the attack against the dominion of darkness! His personal sorrow turned into compassion for the hurting and lost and Jesus dealt a significant blow to the enemy who had taken John from Him, by teaching, healing and feeding everything that moved! That was how Jesus got back at Satan for what he had done.
When a painful hand is dealt to you, and you are left reeling from the shock, you, too, can make this your response.
Rather than compromising your own dignity by scheming to pay them back for what they did, or letting depression sit on your spirit for months, because of the severity of your loss, turn it around by means of the grace on your life.
When your diagnosis is bad, find a multitude to lay your hands on for healing. When someone stole from you, give your biggest offering yet. When someone treats you harshly, go out of your way to dispense mercy and kindness to everyone you meet. Let the enemy know, “Devil, you shook me just then, but I know whom I have believed and trusted. You will not have the last word”
Whatever is going on, I see times of refreshing coming from the Lord, because when you make it happen for someone else, God is about to make it happen for you. Don’t yield to discouragement today – do something to pay the enemy back for what he is trying to do in your life.
Pray and declare
Heavenly Father, thank you that Jesus showed us how to retaliate in the realm of the spirit. Today I will not let the things that come to take away my courage have the last word in my life. By your grace I will cancel out the attack of the enemy on my life by ministering to someone else.
Satan, even though you shook me, you cannot take me out. I know whom I have believed and trusted. Right now, by faith, I receive times of refreshing by the power of the Holy Spirit. The last Word in my life is victory! In Jesus’ name!