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Dealing with Spiritual Sabotage

When the Pharisees questioned Jesus’s authority, they weren’t concerned with uncovering truth – they were trying to ruin His reputation by baiting Him into saying something wrong. Jesus understood their motives, so He posed a question back to them. Jesus knew they couldn’t say where John’s authority came from without incriminating themselves or starting a riot among the Jewish people. Suddenly, the Pharisees’ true motives were exposed.

Like Jesus, Christians should be discerning when confronted with questions about the authority God has given us. The sad truth is a lot of people are like the Pharisees. They aren’t interested in uncovering truth. They’re interested in damaging a Christian’s reputation by posing questions that require particularly thoughtful and poised answers.

Jesus saw through the Pharisees’ scheming, and in doing so, He used an attack on His authority to strengthen His reputation as a wise teacher. To follow Jesus’s example, we must equip ourselves with spiritual armor (Ephesians 6:10-18) and meditate on Scripture daily. Knowing the truth will allow us to expose spiritual attack and strike it down when it happens.

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