Spy Wednesday

Spy Wednesday Devotion

Matthew 26:14-16; Mark 14:10-11; Luke 22:1-6

​The presumably sunny skies of Palm Sunday have now turned into dark clouds by Spy Wednesday. Judas has agreed to betray Jesus. The gospel writer Luke is very specific about the ominous spiritual activity behind Judas’ greedy decision. Luke tells us that “Satan entered Judas…” (Luke 22:3, CSB).

It has been said that Satan’s greatest deception is to get mankind to think that he does not exist. Modern man often denies the existence of Satan. The twenty-first century skeptic scoffs at the idea of a literal Satan. Satan is commonly explained away as an antiquated fairy tale or an outdated embodiment of evil. Many today suggest that such old-fashioned rhetoric is simply the ancient world describing evil in terms of personification. Modern man reasons, “Surely sophisticated and educated men would not assume the literality of Satan.” Let me warn you.

If Jesus believed in Satan, you should believe in Satan. Don’t get so smart that you are smarter than the Bible.

Interestingly, the Greek word translated “entered” in Luke 22:3 is the same word that refers to demonic possession. Satan entered Judas, yet Judas was never Satan’s end goal. The destruction of Jesus was always Satan’s ultimate goal. Judas was only a small pawn on Satan’s larger chess board. Judas was a discardable asset in a much larger and nefarious scheme. The overt attempt to undermine Jesus’ ministry is seen all throughout the gospels.

At the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, there was a Satanic plan to disqualify Jesus’ ministry. Satan tried to disqualify Jesus by tempting our Lord to sin. Satan reasoned that if he could successfully tempt Jesus to succumb to sin, the Son of God would be disqualified as the perfect sacrifice (Matthew 4:1-11).

Later in Jesus’ ministry, there was a Satanic plan to discredit Jesus’ ministry. We see this evidenced in how Satan used the Lord’s opponents. Whether it was the religious scribes, the self-righteous Pharisees, the sell-out Sadducees, or the corrupt priests, there was an attempt to discredit Jesus by attributing His miracles to demonic powers (Luke 11:15-16).

At the end of Jesus’ ministry, there was a Satanic plan to destroy Jesus’ ministry. That plan came through the actions of Judas, one of the twelve disciples, who even spent three years with him (Luke 22:4-6).

Time and time again, Satan tried to disqualify, discredit, and destroy Jesus’ ministry. Satan was ultimately unable to destroy the work of Jesus on the cross, but make no mistake about it: his intention is to destroy God’s work in your life. The devil has a bag full of tricks. He is committed to your destruction. He is always working to mislead and destroy you because, as a believer, you bear witness to Jesus, the Son of God. I want you to consider at least five ways that Satan wants to disqualify, discredit, and destroy you on Holy Week Wednesday.

He directs your attention towards any unfulfilled desire. Satan is a liar. He points out something in your life that you do not have or something in your life that you want. Rarely does he remind you of what you do have. He certainly does not remind you of how blessed you are. Instead, he points out the one thing you do not have. He used this same tactic in the garden of Eden with Adam and Eve, and he will use it on you as well.

He chooses his timing. Satan will attack you when you are most vulnerable. He knows not only how to attack you, but when to attack you. He knows your weakest points. He realizes that you are most vulnerable when you are hungry, angry, lonely, and tired. Think about this simple acronym H.A.L.T. It may be time to rest in the Lord when you are hungry, angry, lonely, and tired.

He uses deception as his chief weapon. To deceive is to mislead by falsehood. The devil is a liar and a deceiver. He will cheat you and deceive you to follow him, rather than Jesus. If he can create doubt in your mind, he has you at a dangerous point.

His aim is to create division. Wherever you remove the Word of God, you have division and strife. The Word of God harmonizes us together; doubt pulls us apart. Do not allow Satan to put question marks where God puts periods.

His end goal is to destroy you. If Satan can get you to doubt one verse, he has a toehold in your life. And toeholds eventually become strongholds. If he can create doubt in one area of truth, he can get you to doubt all areas of truth. Remember that Satan’s battlefield is the mind. When you choose to think in a way that God does not, you will find yourself in trouble. What enters into the mind, affects the heart, and determines our behavior.

My prayer for you this Wednesday of Holy Week is that you would allow the Word of God to marinate in your mind and you would choose God’s goodness over Satan’s doubt.