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Friday October 13th: Hearts hardened by unbelief

Faith requires more than mere curiosity or a desire for proof.

Luke 11: 15 – 26

While some accused Jesus of working with Beelzebul, the prince of devils, in order to exorcise a person, others asked Him for a sign from heaven to confirm He came from God. Who can cast out a devil but God? If it is only God who can master and command the devil, then Jesus exorcising the person should be proof enough that He is from God.

Jesus was confronted, not only with accusations and tests, but with hearts that were closed to God. Even after seeing the sign, they refused to believe. A heart that is closed to God or hardened by unbelief will only lead to spiritual darkness. Jesus expects us to have hearts that are willing to receive the light of God and to have faith.

Faith requires more than mere curiosity or a desire for proof; it requires a genuine open-hearted response to God’s presence and message. Jesus expects us to have faith, to trust Him and to be receptive to the transformative power of God in our lives.