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Day 79: Responding to Criticism

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Friday, March 20th, 2015
CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Numbers 30:1-31:54
Luke 4:1-30
Psalm 63:1-11
Proverbs 11:20-21
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Commentary from Pastor Mike White:

…and they led Him to the brow of the hill on which their city was built, that they might throw Him down over the cliff. Then passing through the midst of them, He went His way. – Lk 4:29-30

Jesus ruffled feathers. He had more critics than you or I could ever entertain. In Luke 4, He returned to his hometown of Nazareth, walked into the synagogue on the busiest day of the week, and proclaimed that He was the Messiah. Nobody believed Him. Everyone said, “Is this not Joseph’s son?” (v 22). Isn’t this the kid we grew up with? How could He ever do anything supernatural?

The people were so angry that they tried to kill Him. They brought Him to the edge of a cliff and were about to throw Him down. But how did Jesus respond at that moment? He didn’t beg for His life, and He didn’t cry out to answer their concerns. He simply passed through the midst of them, and “…went His way” (Lk 4:30).

If you don’t have critics, you aren’t boldly proclaiming the Gospel. There will always be men and women around you who doubt the calling God has on your life. Our response should be Jesus’ response: to ignore them and go on our way!

When Pilate listed the accusations against Jesus, He “…answered him not one word” (Matt 27:14). When Herod interrogated Jesus, He “…answered him nothing” (Lk 23:9). Jesus saved His words for those who needed to hear Him. We should do the same!

There is no need to respond to your critics. When we waste our words responding to Satan’s accusations, the enemy gains ground. But when we face the Cross instead of our critics, we are released to pursue our God-given destiny!


Father, if I need to repent of anything, I trust that You will let me know. But if Satan is sending critics and cronies to distract me, help me to pass through them and be on my way! I will not be distracted or detained, in Jesus’ name!

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