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On another Sabbath Jesus was teaching in a synagogue, and a man with a paralyzed right hand was there.
Some Pharisees and teachers of the Law of Moses kept watching Jesus to see if he would heal the man. They did this because they wanted to accuse Jesus of doing something wrong.
Jesus knew what they were thinking, so he told the man to stand up where everyone could see him. And the man stood up.
Then Jesus asked, “On the Sabbath should we do good deeds or evil deeds? Should we save someone's life or destroy it?”
After he had looked around at everyone, he told the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He did, and his bad hand became completely well.
The teachers and the Pharisees were furious and started saying to one another, “What can we do about Jesus?”
If you live your life like Jesus there will be people who watch you hoping they can accuse you of doing something wrong.
When Jesus healed the man with the paralyzed hand He knew that the teachers and Pharisees would become angry with Him, but He did it anyway.
The reason they were upset is that Jesus healed the man on a Sabbath day, on which no Jew was supposed to work.
When God calls you to display His power in the world you will often be aware that there are those who will be upset by it. Satan wants you to live your Christian life so that no one in the world will be offended. That simply means that you will not be salt or light for anyone else.
Every day the world is screaming that you should not declare your faith or anything about your faith because it is offensive to the world.
Remember, if you are not upsetting the world then your light is indeed hidden under a bushel. It is like a sporting contest. To win the game you must be "offensive!"
"Lord, as I walk with You today give me something to do for you that will upset Satan! Amen."