Use godly wisdom and discernment
Mark 1:24-25, 43-45
“What do You have to do with us, Jesus — Nazarene? Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are — the Holy One of God! ”
But Jesus rebuked him and said, “Be quiet, and come out of him!
Then He sternly warned him and sent him away at once, telling him, “See that you say nothing to anyone; but go and show yourself to the priest, and offer what Moses prescribed for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.” Yet he went out and began to proclaim it widely and to spread the news, with the result that Jesus could no longer enter a town openly. But He was out in deserted places, and they would come to Him from everywhere.
Jesus did not want either of these to testify about Him. Why not? He had two very different reasons for each. He didn't want the demons testifying about Him because the people would misinterpret it as their being a part of what He was doing. As it is some still did (Mk 3:22). Jesus didn't want the healed leper to testify about Him so that He could move about freely in the area without attracting too much attention. It is also noteworthy that the demon had to obey Jesus but the leper had freewill to choose to speak about Him or not.
I learn from this that I am to be wise in my dealings with all those with whom I interact.
LORD GOD of glory there is none like You in perfect wisdom. You are Sovereign and Supreme over all. You alone are awesome. Please forgive me when I try to use my own wisdom instead of relying on Your guidance and wisdom. Please forgive my arrogance in ever thinking that I could do anything without Your help. You are my Sustainer and my Provider. I surrender to You. Please teach me to give myself to You every moment of every day. Thank You for hearing my prayer. I love You. All glory be Yours forever in Jesus' name - amen.
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