Acts 19:11-15 – “Now God worked unusual miracles by the hands of Paul, 12 so that even handkerchiefs or aprons were brought from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them. 13 Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists took it upon themselves to call the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “We exorcise you by the Jesus whom Paul preaches.” 14 Also, there were seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, who did so. 15 And the evil spirit answered and said, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?” NKJV
As the darkness covers the backyard, stillness and quietness allow my mind to reflect on the things of my heart without interruption from external sources. Reading passages from the Bible and listening to the Lord refreshes the soul. This morning I sat thinking about the question above from the scripture text passage.
This account in Acts is so applicable to us today as in any day. Some diminish the power of the forces of hell to the point that they mock and taunt those forces while others are so fearful that they live life with such timidity that they cannot accomplish anything for the Lord. We have authority, we have weapons of warfare that are mighty through God (2 Corinthians 10) and we have a commission to go into all the world with the “Good News”. (Mark 16)
Luke 10:18-20 – “And He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. 20 Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.” NKJV
We, having been born again, have the privilege of carrying the “Good News” to the ends of the world and to every person. In so doing, we will be invading territory that is currently occupied by the forces of darkness. They will not want to give up that territory without a fight, so it is imperative that we KNOW who we are and whose we are. Our faith and confidence are not in our ability, spirituality, gifts or talents but in HIM, otherwise, we will find the evil forces saying to us what was said to the sons of Sceva in Acts 19, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know but who are you?” May that never be!
Our rejoicing is not, that the powers of darkness are subject to us through Christ, but that our names are written in heaven. Our rejoicing is not in our ability to cast out demons, see signs and wonders but in souls coming into the Kingdom of God. Seeking the demonstrations of power is to focus wrongly. Seeking first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness is the proper focus and the other will be a by-product of that relationship, as needed and where needed. It’s not important that anyone know our name or recall any exploits that we may have done or been used to accomplish, in Christ, but that they KNOW HIM! The objective is reaching those who are lost, dying, hurting, bound, wounded, bruised, battered, defeated and bring them out of the darkness into His marvelous light! There will be demonstrations of power when God moves! The purpose of those demonstrations is not to call attention to us but to turn hearts to our Lord! My desire is to see the captive free, not have attention called to me. My purpose is to lead so that others can follow Him, not that I have a following. So, for my name to be feared in hell it must be written in heaven and my heart must be completely submitted to Christ! We are children of the Most High God and have authority over all the power of the enemy! We do not walk in fear but in confidence in Him!
Today, as you work, war and witness for our Lord know that you are more than a conqueror through Him that loves us! Perfect love casts out fear! Walk in His love and allow Him to demonstrate the power of that love through us.
May the rich and bountiful Blessings of the LORD accompany you as you go through your day!